After getting up and dressing for the day (and applying loads of sunscreen!), we checked out and packed up the car, then headed to our super-secret parking spot.
Aw, man! It looked like the local school this lot belongs to realized that they should be capitalizing on their location, and there was a guy there collecting money to park there. It was only $10 (if you didn't have a kid attending that school) and I was okay with that price. We went to the drugstore around the corner and picked up some band-aids for my toes (I could feel hot spots and wanted to avoid any blisters!). We also got cash back and handed it over to the nice guy. I wrapped my toes and tried to stretch - as you can imagine, I was really sore that morning! My plantar fasciitis - which had been bothering me since the new year - was not happy with me doing this all over again, after doing 20k yesterday... how in the hell am I actually going to finish this?
We made our way to the bridge where I needed to line up for the half-marathon (only 7300 runners today...). Technically, i was supposed to go around, utilizing another bridge, and come in from the top of the bridge, rather than trying to swim upstream, but where's the fun in that!
|And this is only the NON-Seeded group of runners!|
|Over there, where you can't see anything is a whole other group of seeded runners, including Meb!|
|Looking at the top of the bridge, behind me|
|Wearing purple today to bring the good vibes|
Also, I have to reiterate again, that I'm worried about this race. I've been told by the race staff that I HAVE to make it off of Davis Island by 7:20AM or I will be shunted to the sidewalks (I won't be swept though). I HAVE to make it to Bay to Bay Boulevard by 9AM or I will be shunted to the other side of Bayshore to allow the 8k'ers to run. I don't like being moved to sidewalks or whatever - it makes me feel fat and slow and I hate that!
Well, too late to worry about it now! We're off! First stop, we head to Davis Island. I've never been to Davis Island, so I have no idea what to expect.
|Horrible photo of running up the bridge to Davis Island|
|Hey! What a terrible photo!|
|I sure wouldn't mind seeing that out my bedroom window every morning.|
|Hello, Mile 2|
|I actually took a lot of photos of this area - it was really pretty|
|Mile 3, still some bodies in front of me|
|Mile 4 and a very unflattering photo of the person in front of me|
|You can see that the clock says 7:18 (or 7:19) - I was supposed to be AT THE BRIDGE in two (one) minutes!|
|Not nearly impressive in the sunlight however|
|I can see some of downtown from here, so I'm close!|
|What the hell is this?|
|Umpire: "SAFE!" Okay, there's no umpires in racing... still funny.|
|Officially OFF the island!|
|Follow the white wall - I have to go WAAAAAAAY over there!|
|Look at all the people coming back already|
|The sign says: "When You Feel Like Quitting, Remember Why You Started" - I really needed this one!|
|Sure is a lot emptier now|
|Oh, there's a bunch of people!|
At this point, I refuse to look behind me. I was pretty sure that I was last. If I wasn't last, it wasn't by much!
|Sssshhhh, Mile 7 is taking a nap|
|Where. The Actual Fuck. Is the TURN-AROUND?|
|Lie-Smile (I'm not loving life right now)|
|LOOK! People! I can see at least 2!|
|It's GANDY! Turn around!|
Luckily, there is shade on this side of Bayshore! I enjoyed it as long as possible. I made it past Mile 9... and then I was told to get to the other side of Bayshore (back where I was).
|Mile 9 = The Motherfucker Mile™|
|There were cops with loudspeakers telling me to get on the sidewalk... sigh.|
There was good news and bad news about this shunting, though... I saw that there was a good handful of people behind me. Bad news was that it looked like they were just turned around where they were rather than going all the way to the turn-around and coming back. I lost whatever lead I had on the folks behind me.
|At least it's a nice w--i--d--e sidewalk with no breaks|
So, as you can imagine I am not fucking happy at all at this point. I'm in pain. I'm closer to the back. And I'm on the damn sidewalk like a loser.
|Unhappy and all red|
So you'll just have to believe me when I say that I made it though the Motherfucker Mile™, 10, 11 and 12.
I was able to see my Big Head Inflated Man, because by this point, I was allowed to rejoin the race already in progress, on the now correct side of the street (the race moves over to the Bay side after we pass Magnolia). Of course, I had to stay in the bike lane to let the speedy 8k folks go by - but like I've said before, I'm fine with that... I just want to be on the damn course!
|Mile FOUR? Oh hell naw!|
|Do I mean "3" or "Asshole"? That's up to you to decide!|
I'm in the chute, I've made it Mile 13 and I haven't died... I'm gonna count this as a win! I was kind of bummed to see that the clock had already changed over to 4 hours, but dude... I just did a 15k, a 5k AND a half-marathon over the course of two days! I don't care WHAT the timer said... I was already crying that I FINISHED! And I hadn't finished yet!
|Aw man... four hours?|
|They clang when I run, so I only took them out right before the photo|
Then I (somewhat) ran the longest chute in the world to the finish line!
|I'm coming! I'm coming! <pant pant pant> I'm coming!|
I finished!! I FINISHED!! I FINISHED I FINISHED I FINISHED!!!!!
My official time was 3:57:56, which, honestly, is amazing! That's only 3-5 minutes slower than other halfs I've done! (Garmin said 3:55:15 which is obviously better!). I ended up coming in before TEN other people (where were they? I think they must have been invisible...), including the caboose who finished 4:31:16. I am not ashamed to say that I finished LAST in my age group (F35-39).
|Nope, not holding my boobs - flashing fingers for "3" again|
|Look at me! Look what I did!|
Now... where the heck is the family? I found them and got some Powerade, then fought my way uphill to get out of this hot mess on the bridge. There was one lonely guy directing traffic to the medal area.
|I don't think anyone was paying any attention to him, sadly|
I picked up my awesome half-marathon medal and my even AWESOMER Ultra Amber Challenge Medal and put 'em all on! Clang clang, baby... Look what I did this weekend!
|Challenge Medal, Half Medal, 5k Medal and 15k Medal|
Outside of this area, I met up with the family again and I changed into my flip flops then got a personal photo me and my medals, as well as a family pic. They are my Sherpas, who schlep my gear for me; they come to big races when I know they would rather be at home; they cheer me on; I love them!
|Challenge, Half, 15k, 5k Medals w/Gaspar's Ship in the Background|
|The Kiddo™, me and The Hubby™ - My Sherpas!|
|Closeup of my medals (they are so awesome!)|
Afterwards, we stopped by WaWa and got some dessert (the "kids" got milkshakes). I wasn't jonesing for anything there, but my body was like, hey! You want doughnuts! so we went to a nearby Krispy Kreme. I was kind of bummed... The hot light was on, but it looked like she took the donuts out of a hot box, rather than right off of a glazing line. Not cool, lazy Krispy Kreme location. And seriously - prices were more expensive too - the dozen was $10.99! (My local KK is about 2-3 bucks cheaper).