Pre-Race Day: Gearing up the day before at Northstar Cafe. Sweet Potato and Turkey Hash = YUM YUM YUM!
Race Day: I woke up around 6:00AM, showered and made myself some Van’s Waffles+Banana (sadly no coffee before the race!). I arrived at my corral around 7:10AM and had some time for a quick bathroom stop before the race began.
How did the race go? I’m not going to lie, this race was far more difficult than the other two half marathons I’ve done. Somewhere around mile nine I was almost certain that I had to give up. My legs had begun to ache and one of my toes was rubbing the wrong way against my shoe (ultimately creating a blister-ugh!)
As I was contemplating how exactly to give up, one of my favorite worship songs came on through my headphones: Whom Shall I Fear? by Chris Tomlin. The words resonated with me, “I know who goes before me. I know who stands behind. The God of angels army is always by my side.”
It was then find there that I decide to push through and finish strong.
Official Time: 2:31:15
Highlights? As I’ve said before, I absolutely love to see all of the spectators and their creative signs. It truly is so motivating and helps you push through those tough miles.
I also have to share an embarrassing moment…
I made sure to stay hydrated during this run (as I was somewhat dehydrated in past runs making them even more difficult) so I grabbed water at each fuel station. Around mile six I decided to quickly use the bathroom and – a mere seconds after I sit down – the door swings open and an old man is standing before me! Eek! I thought I had properly locked the door but apparently porta-potty’s are more complex than I thought. 😀
Post Race: After I finished, Marty met up with me and we walked to North Market for a cup of much needed coffee (pumpkin spice coffee to be exact!) 🙂 We decided to take our coffee to-go and walked through the charming Short North district back to our car. Although it was post-race, I’d consider this one of the highlights of the morning. The sun was shining through the red-orange leaves, the smell of baked goods faintly in the air and all of the charming boutiques and cafes began to open their doors for the breakfast rush. So perfect!