I got there and immediately felt better, the race was small only around 800 participants registered so there were no huge crowds and it was beginning and ending at Quincy high school which meant a nice big indoor gymnasium and bathrooms LOL we all know how important those are! I stretched and walked as we waited to begin and it was also fun having my friend Lauren along side of me. She was running her first ever half marathon today!!!
There we are pre race in the gym!
At 8:45 we set out into the freezing 32 degrees and began to wait to start the race! I had my vanilla gu packet and waited patiently. I set on my MP3 player and the new running mix was definitely a big help! I am so glad I added new music that I had never raced with before. The horn blew and off we went!
I started out freezing my toes off but that feeling quickly went away as we started running. I began to look around and see all of the people running and that feeling of excitement was kicking in! The course was nice in the beginning and we headed along the beautiful Quincy shore:
I was tweeting at mile stops and texting my boyfriend who was patiently waiting at the finish line. It was nice to have my phone and be able to let everyone know how I was doing! It was also so nice to not be running in the snow!!!! I am not sure what combinations worked for me but I honestly felt great doing this race. Maybe it was the music, the workouts all week long, the weather, the course, but I never got tired. I kept going and going.
I also kept singing out loud and pumping my fists especially when the hills came! When I thought I might falter I sang louder! I think the people running around me thought I was nuts haha but I did not even care. I truly think this is what helped me during this race I was confident and relaxed. I just went out there to rock out and have fun. It was a whole different mindset than the half I ran 3 weeks ago. I pushed on but I never hit a wall. There was a huge hill around mile 6 and I thought oh no, and then all of a sudden Nelly's 'Heart of a champion' came on and I starting belching out the lyrics. Hey it kept me going!
I did fuel up at mile 7 with my second gu packet this one was a power aid mocha one with caffeine! It was definitely the boost I needed as we began to loop back around Marina bay. I only took 4 sips of water at 2 stops the entire race. And the morning of the race I had 1 cup of coffee and about 5 ounces of water. This is different than the bottle I guzzled last time and sips at every stop. I really feel that helped. I hydrate daily with at least 100 ounces of water so my body did not need it, and I did not have the feeling of I need to pee every 5 minutes. That helped me keep my focus!
When I passed mile marker 9 and my time on my polar HRM said 1:14 i knew in that instant that i was going to finish strong in this race. I was not fatigued, I was not crying, I was not hitting a wall. I was beaming from ear to ear and having FUN!!!! I looked around at mile marker 12 and was cheering! I kept saying woohoo people we are almost done 1 mile left come on smile! No one was smiling LOL I think I was annoying everyone. I think next race i may make a custom t-shirt that says ' I am not crazy I run for fun' or something because really people were so uptight!
Coming down the last hill you can see the crowd gathering and hear the cheers, this is how you know your race is coming to an end. Honestly at that point i was elated, I kept looking at my watch thinking there was an error. I was in disbelief that I honestly blew Hyannis time out of the water! But I did!!!! I crossed that finish line strong and with a huge ass smile!
When I saw those red digital number 1:48 on the timer I almost cried! I was literally so excited I was shouting and walking to cool down I was just beaming. I waited for Lauren who finished strong with 1:59!!! She did a sub 2 for her first half ever and I am so proud of her!!!! We walked outside and began drinking water. I popped in a banana and NRG bar to fuel back up. I stretched and waited patiently for my favorite part of a race seeing my results!
I finished 239 place with 1:48:10!!! I could not believe I ran an average of 8:15 per mile!!! That is my fastest time for a distance run ever!!!!!! And I felt like I could keep going. For the first time after a run that long I knew in my heart that I could finish a full. I wanted to cry.
Very proud of those medals :)
I am elated as I think I rambled 10 times. But I sit here in awe of myself today. 13 months ago I weighed 252 pounds and could not even job a mile. I am running proof that if you set your mind to achieve a goal and work hard you can do ANYTHING!!!!