i ran 13.1 miles this morning. in greenville, sc. along with about 1,000 other people. there were many good things today. only a few bad.
i'll start with the bad and end with the good. because the good things were more predominant than the bad ones...
i can think of only 3 bad things that happened prior to the race
- i hydrated so well yesterday that i had to wake up 3 times in the middle of the night to use the bathroom
- i brought socks that are specific to your feet - each pair has an "R" on one sock and an "L" on the other. peter accidentally folded two "R"s together so i had to run in two right-footed socks. honestly though, i couldn't really tell...
- right before we started the race my father-in-law found me to give me a hug and say good luck (he, mum and kelly drove down early this morning to watch). in doing so he accidentally dumped his coffee down my arm. whoops!
good things however, far out number the bad ones.
- i woke up just fine this morning - i was afraid i was going to sleep through my alarm
- we got down to the stadium without any problems, and i had ample time to check in, use the bathroom, warm-up and stretch before the race.
- my body kept itself pretty much spot on the pace i wanted to run for the entire race
- the misty/slightly rainy weather helped keep the temperature in the 60s for the entirety of the race and i didn't need my sunglasses
- i beat the ladies who were dressed up as a cat and a leopard (well, she was wearing a leopard sports bra and running skirt - needless to say i could not let her beat me)
- i broke my goal time by maybe five seconds, but still, i came in just under an hour and 45 minutes.
- i got to take a long hot shower at the hotel, and we don't have to pay for it when we get the water bill
- we had a wonderful lunch in downtown greenville, and got to visit a very cool antique shop briefly, before heading home.
a full marathon will be next, just not yet :o)
hope you enjoyed your halloween
your extra hour of
"fall back" sleep!