Throughout the run I pretty much maintained my space in the pack. I did pass some in the start, some passed me back a little later, and I let them go. I had my race plan in my head and was totally running in my head, in the moment, cherishing each step. At one point a car drove by honking and I had an overwhelming feeling of my spirituality rushing through my body and I knew my angels were with me. It is really hard to explain but this was the second time this happened to me in a race and it really causes tears to well up in my eyes and I have to focus on getting my breathing in check. The first time was at the Kaua'i Half Marathon .
I have nothing negative to say about this race. The course was well marked for turns off and then back onto the main path. There was a policeman here and there providing support. The aid stations were manned and the volunteers were cheerful. It is a well-organized local event that I know I will do again in future years. And I was just plain happy and running well, every step of the way. I knew my mile points but the course was clearly marked at each mile as well. I saw my pace was holding steady or getting slightly faster. And for the final 2.5 miles, I really focused on allowing myself to steadily increase my pace. I saw people in front of me I wanted to pass but kept to the "slow and steady" approach telling myself, they could have the same plan to increase pace now. Stay in your head. Stay in your pace. Run. And I slowly passed lady, after lady, after lady, after guy, after guy. And rounded the gravely corner to the finish, which prevented my normal speedy pick-up across the line.
And dear hubby, I know you are hurt that I needed to keep moving post-run and didn't stop when you were congratulating me. I am sorry and your words of support, smiles, and pride mean the world to me so I am telling the world, I am sorry. Love ya!
Now onto a few race logistics: This race is typically held in November and the entry fee is $50. The fee covers a race shirt and finisher's medal....both of which really rocked the boat this year! I am usually not impressed by race shirts but I love this one this year! The post-race breakfast is hosted by Beach Bum's, a local restaurant, and included scrambled eggs, bacon, white race, and pancakes. I really couldn't stomach any of it but I am not much of an eater right after running.
And forgive me for a moment while I toss this question out there and perhaps vent a bit....What is it with this new trend of giving "finisher" shirts out at packet pick-up? I totally understand it is an easy time to give stuff to runners but then it really isn't a finisher shirt, is it? It then becomes a race shirt....simply put. But hey, perhaps I just would have liked a shirt there for me at the end of this point-to-point race. What are your thoughts?
Daily Gratitude: I am thankful to be able to talk to fellow runners about runner things like shoes and gels!Daily Affirmation: Balance is integrated into all aspects of my life.
I am thankful to FitApproach for helping make today happen for me. I am proud to say I ran this race as a SweatPink Ambassador and thought PINK throughout the run!