|Me at the expo!|
Saturday afternoon my family started arriving. My cousin Mike(he ran the race with me), my cousin Trish and my parents came into town. We hung out for a bit, made some signs with the kids, had a pasta dinner and just relaxed. I got my stuff all ready and headed to bed. I was nervous, but not nearly as nervous as I was for my first 5k. Odd right??? The morning came early at 5:00. It was race day!!! Finally the day to put all my hard months of training to work and prove to myself that I can do this.
For breakfast, some coffee and a bagel. Here we are before leaving for the race.
|I had the best support there!!!!|
|Tailgate party with coffee and donuts I heard!|
|homemade signs...love my girls!|
|homemade shirts too!|
|You can barely see me in the back behind the girls with the white shirt.|
|behind the girl with the green. My sneaks are orange :)|
|Waiting for me!|
|Here I come with my pep talking Laura!|
|Hi guys! Sooooo happy to see you!!! (10 miles ish in)|
At mile 12.75 I knew in my head it was almost the end but still no sign of the finish line in site, and not that many spectators either. Hmmm... Then I turned the bend and saw it in the distance. I kept going and my watch said 13.1 but I still wasnt at the finish line. Whatever. There it was. I could see it. I was sure up to this point I didnt have much left in me but once I got to the cheering spectators and my family and friends on the home stretch I gave it all I had. I was all smiles as the people were clapping and yelling motivating things. I looked down at my watch and it said I was at an 8ish min/mile! I dont know where the burst of energy came from but I loved it! I finished at 2:38:23. I did it!!!!! Here are some more pics.
|See me in my pink shirt back there next to the sidewalk?|
|Still smiling! So happy to see the finish line!|
|Hi guys! I am almost done!!!!|
|All done! Me with my medal!!|
|Me and my cousin Mike who ran too!|
|Me and the hubs :)|
I am still on cloud nine today. I am in awe that I put my mind to this, completed the training schedule and achieved my goal! And to think that I used to not be able to run for even 30 seconds! I was one of the bigger girls there but that just made me more proud.
I am super sore today and having some stomach issues which apparently is normal the day after(??????-Shelley?????). But it is all worth it!