|A pre-race thumbs up. Note the "why the hell am I doing this?" look on my face.|
|Checking the Garmin and freezing my butt off.|
|They had a pre-race photographer, which was cool.|
Having the hubby running with me was full on awesome. If you ever get the chance to run with someone who is willing to carry your water and refill the bottles at aid stations, then catch up to you, do it. He says as the race went on it got harder for him to catch up to me as he got more tired, but I think he liked the chance to go a bit faster. The crowd support through a lot of the residential neighborhoods we ran through was really great. We went through one very nice neighborhood that's on the register of historic places (Old Town, maybe?) where there was some kind of awesome house party going on. There were like 20 people on the porch and in front of this house and they set up the most awesome cheer as we went past. I kind of wished I'd been at that party, the food looked good. And another neighborhood (German Town? German Village?) smelled like cinnamon. Mmmmm... It was neat to see all these very nice neighborhoods so close to downtown, since the geography makes that largely impossible in Pittsburgh (and a history of bad civic planning, but we won't go into that).
It was around mile 10 that my stomach started to bother me and I just felt inexplicably tired. I had to stop for a walk break, but I'm super proud that I hadn't stopped at all to that point, even at the water stops. I'm not sure if it was the gels or the Gatorade, probably a combo of the two, but my doubts started to creep in and I had a hard time getting going again. We were well ahead of pace at this point and doing well, so I sucked it up and soldiered on.
|I look tired, but I don't think this was all that far into the race.|
|"I'll see you soon, I've got to keep running!" I told them.|
Around mile 17 or so we got to the Ohio State campus, which was kind of cool, but totally deserted. Where were all the students? I know a bunch of them were probably running, but seriously, it was past 10am when we ran through, at least a few could have mustered it up to come out and cheer. My dad's an OSU alum so we had to snap a picture.
|See me leaning on the sign? That's because I was exhausted!|
|I think this is the final turn before the finish.|
|Gonna airbrush that clock...|
I battled some of the same issues I'd had in Pittsburgh, most notably that the race happened on the day my monthly "friend" came to visit. All my male readers just went "yuck", but I'm a girl, I have girl issues, and this is significant as the time before my period leaves me feeling very sluggish. It is a far from ideal time to run a race, so I'm just proud of myself that I got it done. I'm also very proud of the 10 miles of even paced running that I did, with no breaks at all, though I truly felt like I couldn't have pulled out a much faster pace, even for a shorter distance. Doing this same race under the same conditions at a different time in my cycle might easily mean cutting 10 minutes off my finish time, but I'll never know that for sure. The lack of speedwork during my training probably hurt me, too, since my body didn't know what to do with the lactic acid when it started to build up, and that probably contributed to my upset stomach. I've learned even more about how to train for the next one, but I think I may take a racing break for a while, while I work on some strategy for how to get faster. I say that now, talk to me in a week when I'm not so sore!
|Done! Looks a lot like the pre-race photo, but sweatier.|