Race morning was quick and easy. Setting out my clothes and other things I'd need the night before really helped! I decided to go with a pink theme to go along with Breast Cancer Awareness month.
|The bridge we crossed to get to the start|
Around mile 8, my knee started hurting again. I didn't want to walk much because I was concerned about being able to beat my time of 3 hours from last year. I wound up sucking it up until about mile 9.5, and thanks to my RunKeeper app, I knew I was pretty good on my time. I then decided to walk for half a mile and stretch to keep the knee pain at bay.
The walking worked, and I was able to run 2 mins, walk 1 min until mile 12. I had some extra motivation right around mile 12 when two of my co-workers, Jen and Billy, were at the water station cheering me on! I was so happy to have them there to give me the push to finish.
I was feeling really great before getting to the bridge at the last mile. Mentally and cardiovascularly, I knew I could run the bridge. But, I knew my IT band would not do well with the steep uphill and downhill. I walked the whole bridge, but I was able to get some nice shots of the causeway. You can see the lighthouse way off in the distance--can't believe I just ran there and back!
Right after the bridge, I started running again and ran until the finish! There were lots of people cheering at the finish line, and I finally crossed the mat at....