Saturday, October 21, 2006
Mackinac Island Great Turtle 5.7 Mile Race
So there I was, at the start line 10 minutes before the start and realized that I was at the wrong start! This was the one for the half mary, oh crap!
I hauled butt over to the correct starting line and got there with 30 seconds to spare.
Off goes the buzzer and I take off...I set my watch as I go over the start, and it f**ks up and goes all haywire...oh no, now I have to reset everything all the defaults and all while I'm running, crap! Oh no, it's uphill too, at least I have my mind off of that as I try to restart my watch.
Phew, finally got it restarted, and I'm doing good, feeling good, and getting passed by everyone...oh well, just run at your own pace, I'm thinking. I might be going a little too fast, can I keep this up?
Hey there are walkers ahead of me...WTF? I'll try to catch them! Damn they are fast! Yay, I caught them, but what's this we are going downhill and they are running past me...up hill again and I pass them, down hill and they pass me...up hill again and I pass them and think, "good thing I trained on hills"...so much for that...they pass me again...I'm starting to hate walkers. ;) I have no idea how far I have gone or how fast...but I'll just keep pushing...still wondering if I am going too fast, but my legs feel great...not so much my chest and breathing...I am breathing really hard...this course is really hilly!
Hey, I'm finally catching up to some of the runners that I have been following all the way, woo hoo!!! "Good Job! You're doing great!" I say as I pass....then I figure I have no clue how I am doing, so I might as well crack some jokes. I start talking to people around me and saying "Are we there yet?", and trying to keep the mood light as it really is quite brutal so far...can't wait to get to the flat paved part that I know is after the halfway mark.
Yay, finally another water station! and a downhill!!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo we are finally past halfway and going to the paved road! Now I just need to keep this pace up until the finish!
Lookin good, legs feeling good, but my body is getting tired...why am I breathing so hard?
Hey, WTF???? A man WALKING and WEARING JEANS is PASSING ME. OMG?!?!? I know I am not going to win anything, but this is ridiculous! I decide to try to push just a little harder!
Ok, now I am really tired...I decided that in order to get to the finish strong, I better speed walk for a bit...there goes my goal of running the entire thing...oh well, I will still finish, and I am doing well for my first 5.7 mile race!
ONE MILE TO GO!!!! I start running faster...I pass a few of the walkers and walk/runners that passed me a little earlier...I try to catch as many of them as I can...
.5 TO GO!!! Now I can really kick it in!!!!
There is the finish and there is my husband and daughter! I smile and wave! My daughter yells "That's my Mommy!!!" I almost cry it is so sweet...what is she doing running toward me? Oh no...I am going to trip over her?!?! *boom*, she falls down, Phew, I think I may have avoided a collision!!!
I cross the finish line just as the clock ticks over to 1:16:00! YAY!!!!! I FINISHED!!!!! I cry from the relief of finishing and the joy of being a runner.
My official time was 1:15:29!!!! A new race distance and a new PR!