Hey guys!!! Well......13.1 came and went! It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. No really. You probably are thinking she is nuts. Running for 2.5 hours is anything but amazing. But after 12 weeks of training and stressing, it was truly amazing. Many of you have asked what it was like, so I decided to blog about it. Why not. I am still on a little runners high!
The day started for me at 4:30am. Oooo.... before I start race day, let me tell you about Saturday. Dad and Barbara came over Saturday morning and we went out to Historic Senoia for the day. I'd been telling them for years that they'd LOVE it there. And they did. We shopped all the fun stores, ate a yummy lunch at the Redneck (complete with fried pickles) then headed home for a quiet evening at our house. My pre-race dinner was a pile of noodles, plain grilled chicken and salad. I also made a pumpkin cake by suggestion of buddy Tiffin which was a huge hit! (and gluten free!) I also drank so much water that day I could have floated through the race. We all hit the bed at 9PM since 4:30am was a tad early, right?
After that it was time to get lined up. As you can see in the photo above it was just me and 2,806 other people running the race. Ha. I was not in a front corral because I am a slow chick. Instead they had flags indicating race finish times. I had wanted to be in the 2:20 area but it was too packed, I couldn't fit. So I lined up with the 2:30 group. We were all very quiet waiting for the start signal. It was a little eerie honestly. I'd gone ahead and started my headphones to calm myself. I wasn't really nervous anymore, just anxious to get started. I guess you could say I was mentally preparing myself for what was ahead of me. I definately said a long prayer. After the national anthem and a prayer they counted down. No gun shots. I suppose in downtown Atlanta that's better. Just sayin'. It took literally 7 min. for me to get to the start line....and then I was still sorta walking until we hit the first curve. And to my right was Dad, Mailey and Barbara screaming for me!! I near about cried. It was here. Race day. Holy cheesecracker I was about to run 13.1 miles!!!
Above was mile 5. We had looped back around to the starting area. On the left side I saw Dad, B and Mailey cheering me on with a poster that said "GO MOM...LOVE YOU!!" I was SO happy to see them. So I ran straight at them. That's how Mailey got the great photo above. It was the best feeling knowing they were there for me, waiting and cheering. We then headed down Peachtree to Ashford Dunwoody Rd and wound the hills and turns for the last 8 miles.
Above I was just about to cross the finish line. With a giant cheese grin on my face. This was it!!! The announcers were calling our names as we crossed, music was booming, families were yelling....it was truly a sweeeeet moment. As I crossed the finish line I started to cry. Then quickly realized it was causing me to wheeze, so I had to gather myself and stop that silliness! I have to say it was one of the absolute happiest moments of my life. Like crazy happy moment. All my hard work had finally paid off. I had done it!!!! And within 2.5 hrs. There were 500 people behind me too. I didn't finish last. Woohoooo!!
I spent the entire afternoon on the porch enjoying movies, wine and a dozen or so of the pretzel turtles below.