At the halfway point I was feeling pretty good. I called my husband and told him that I thought I probably could finish as I had expected, which was in around five hours. A few miles later I changed my mind. :D
My strategy was to run 4 miles, walk five minutes for as long as I could. I did that through mile 16, and felt decent enough that I was hopeful I would be able to do it through mile 20. Between miles 18 and 19 I decided I couldn't quite pull it off, so I modified to running 2 miles and walking 5 minutes. I really didn't want to modify to running 1 mile and walking 5 minutes. Had it not been for my sister's appearance around mile 24, I probably would have done it anyway. She saved me! It buoyed me up so much to see her that I found the strength to run the rest of the way; my stride even improved a little. Ha! A little bit after that I heard a spectator comment, "She doesn't even look tired!" hahahaha
Here is the breakdown of my crazy long run. :) I was 86th in my division but the main detail is that my final time was 05:28:49.3.
|Pre-race with my friend, Emily (on the right) and her friend and running partner, Brittani (left).|
|The end is in sight!|
|Feeling like I can't get there fast enough.|