|7 miles into the 11|
Finally today I was back at it! I got up at 5:45. I drank (ate/drank??) a Vespa (Gel stuff that is suppose to make your body utilize your personal fat stores for energy). Never doing that again. Mistake #1. Tasted horrible. I think not having enough fuel caused me to hit the wall for the first time ever, more on that later. I got to the meeting area just in time. We headed out for the first 8. It was still dark. Yes, this night owl woke up extra early to run. What is happening to me!??
|The sun is starting to come up!|
|My running buddies before I stopped for the bathroom break.|
I thought I finished really fast. Apparently not as fast as I thought. They were way ahead. I started trying to catch up. I struggled so much more than normal. I did catch up. I stayed at the back of the group though. At about mile 4, I took about 1/2 of my Vanilla Bean GU. So yummy. This is something I can use as fuel on my runs. I alternated G2 Gatorade and water. I also took some little salt packets with me. When we hit mile 5 I ate it to help with the swelling and chased it with some Gatorade. We crossed over the river and at about mile 6 1/2, I totally hit a giant brick wall. Figuratively, of course. I'm not that clumsy! I couldn't run anymore. I let the group leave me behind. At this point, I was sure that there was no way that I could run the 5k. I was thinking that if I could make it back to my car for the 8, I would stop there. I really didn't want a DNS (did not start) in my running history, but seriously I was dying. The group stopped at the bathroom. Yay! So I caught up! I got to catch my breath for a short period of time. Then we went to the cars and starting line for the race. I made a quick stop at QT to get an energy bar. And headed to the crowds.
|There was a costume contest. This is a couple of the dressed up characters.|
|Lots of Green!!!|
|Look at this awesome Mama!|
|Starting to thin out.|
|Spectators are wonderful motivation!|
I got to the end to see my running group cheering me on! I know I finished somewhere in the 38-40 minute mark. More importantly, I met my goal with my average minute per mile at 12:45!! The final numbers:
|After the race with some of my wonderful Running Group!|