I chose a little retail therapy the day before the race to calm my pre race jitters
As much as I tried to resist, I gave in and chose to believe that just maybe that little hollogram sticker, likely made from recycled CDs, attached to a rubber band was the reason I was stronger, more balanced, and flexible. My mom chose to believe in it with me. We bought them at the expo and Janelle and I ran with them the next day. Wonder Twins activate!
I chose to follow Reed's example and and double up on the chocolate the night before the race. Chocolate always seems to be the best choice, and the brownies were divine!
This was the hottest start St George Marathon has had on record and I was nervous of how the heat might affect me, so I drank lots of water at every aid station. Probably too much.
By mile 18 I was a bit exhauseted. I used the bathroom and chose to walk up a long hill and watched as the 4:00 hr pace group passed me by. I tried running after that but I could only make my legs go for another 30 seconds or so and I had to stop and walk again. By mile 20 I couldn't run anymore at all. As I walked the next mile I thought about what my choices were at this point. I considered how I would feel about the results of these decisions. By the time I reached the 21 mile marker I knew just what I was going to do. I flagged down a shuttle and kindly stated,"Hi, I'm ready to be done"
I really was. I had missed out on a few long runs with the timing of my knee injury. I chose not to do one of them once I had recovered, fearing that it was too close to the race. The furthest I had run was 16 maybe 17 miles in my training. As I rode the shuttle in to the finish line, the thought came to my mind, the hay is in the barn. It was just not enough to get me through. I was thrilled that my knees held up great, and that while my hamstring was tight it wasn't enough to stop me from running. I knew I could walk the rest of the way in to the finish line, but that would just take a lot of time to do and I don't know that I would have felt any more sense of accomplishment from finishing that way, than the way I did. I had a great run while it lasted. In fact one of my fastest.
Reed crossed the finish with a smile and a wave