If you’re a visual person, you want to see things on paper. I like numbers. I like charts. I like statistics. I like pretty pictures to go along with them. Here is a visual of my race – the map, stats, and each mile pace. On paper (or computer screen), it’s easy to see where I turned on cruise control. Mile 17, the 12 minute mile, was my banana break mile.
Favorite moments of the race:
- The Rudee Inlet bridge. Something about running that bridge makes race day seem official.
- Laughing and talking with Lei and Kathleen about things you can only talk about on a run – and hearing the people around us crack up.
- My husband and his cowbell – up and down the course. A lot. So much that I told him to go away. But he always reappeared just in time.
- The stretch along the boardwalk. I felt like I was running. It felt so good.
- The half way mark and hearing Bon Jovi
- Being in a daze along the North End and Rachael magically appearing before me. She was like a running fairy godmother!
- My dad trying to convince me that I need his jacket or his sweatshirt. I’ll always be his kid!
- Rachael laughing about how no one was allowed to say “DD” – dig deep
- Seeing Heidi’s happy face
- Finally seeing the gate leaving the military base
- Seeing my family again. Cole was running along the course cheering. Chet started waving from so far away. He knew it was me.
- My mom crying at mile 23. I’ll always be her kid too.
- Christian telling me “it is your baby you are feeling” at mile 24.
- Rachael telling me to dig deep for the final stretch. (final running pace was 9:28 pace for the last half mile. I hope I can remember that lesson!)
- The finish line
- Hearing a friend call my name – so nice to see another familiar face of a childhood friend! (thanks Melissa!)
- The big hug and tears with my husband post race
I can’t believe I ran 26.2 miles. Along the way in training, you can become a bit desensitized to distance. Only 14 miles. Just 17 miles. I ran 26.2 miles. I ran for 4 hours and 40 minutes. That is crazy!!!!