I have been running many short runs, 2 5ks per weekend with 2 or 3 runs during the week but they were usually 2-4 miles. I have done a handful of longer runs, ie Cow Harbor and Dirty Sock 10k plus the 5 mile and 10k that was a part of the summer series, but really may be 4 training runs were more than 4 or 5 miles.
I set up 4 goals for my first 1/2 marathon:
Goal A (the perfect and best day I could imagine) Not too much pain and a sub 2:20 time
Goal B (this was my 'main' goal and what I expected) Sub 2:30 and since my last 6.5 run was 1:08 I figured this was going to be it.
Goal C (if my feet were killing me) sub 2:40
Goal D FINISH, simple as that.
So Saturday after getting my hair done, Thanks Fran, I met up with Nadia to head over to the expo to get our packets. We had planned on getting lunch but my fuel/hydrating we off and in a moment of weakness and being too hard I got a chocolate doughnut at 7-11 so my stomach was killing me. So it was just the expo. I was hoping to see Brian, the savior of the relay because he was volunteering at the expo..yup he even volunteers he is perfect. However we were there too early. It was just crowded enough to annoy me and it was super hot in the building so we took a picture and headed home.
Got up at 5 with not too much problem since I was nervous. Got dressed, ate a waffle and 2 breakfast sausage links to try and get protein and salt. I was at Christine's to get her just after 6 and we headed over to the park which is only a couple of miles from her house. Got there and park while it was still dark....saw the cutest little black kitten running around too. We hit the ladies room and went by the coat check to meet Nadia, Nicole and Gina. Used the portapotty while the line was short I couldnt imagine how long the lines would be at a womans race was going to be LOL
Well Gina forgot her bib for the 5k so she had to have her husband meet up with her so I did not get to see her until she was starting out running when the 5k started. I also never met up with Nicole either but we did find Nadia. We headed over to the starting line and the sun was coming up. This was nice because it was cold and the weather called for rain.
A bit after mile 2 was the first water stop and I knew my niece Nicole was going to be there with her cross country team but it was so hectic I went left and she was on the right side but she saw me and cheered me on <3 Then it was time to head out of the park.
As I was getting close to mile 3 I was enjoying this run and was really getting excited about it. I know I still had 10 miles to go but I was just wrapped up with the excitement. Loved these guys!!!
Over the next mile the people ahead of us were running back so it was fun waving at everyone and seeing familiar faces.
Once we got over the bridge we started the big loop behind the Nassau Colusium, it was a long and boring loop but the running was still going well. the road was very pitched so I hopped up onto the sidewalk because my feet were starting to really really hurt!
Even more cheerleaders who were awesome but they didn't get me as pumped as they should have. It was just about after them that "IT" happened...I crashed right into the infamous wall. It was like everything I had left just fizzled, my feet were screaming, my stomach dropped and I thought I was going to throw up....or worse. I did see cool halloween decorations when I had to take a walk break. Zombie construction workers LOL