What a fun and crazy race this turned out to be for me. I had my adrenaline pumping high before I even got to the bus pick up. My marathon schedule has me doing 18 miles for today and since I knew I didn't want to run an additional 5 miles after the race I got up at 4:00 am to get them done before. But I'll back up to the start of this little vacation.
Me, Mark and Cooper headed up to Logan and stayed at the Super 8 Friday night. We enjoyed a light dinner in the car on our drive up and got to Providence where the packet pick up was taking place. We made it with just a little bit of time to spare and then headed to the motel. We drove by a Maverik and I knew I needed some frozen yogurt. I was very careful about my food intake this time because I learned my lesson after eating too big of meals the day before running the Bryce Canyon Half Marathon.
After getting my yogurt we went to Walmart for something to do and to get Cooper some healthy snacks. That cute boy of mine has been working out so hard to P90X and eating so good. He's lost about 20 pounds now and is feeling so great. I'm secretly hoping he will run a half marathon with me someday. That would just be the greatest thing ever!
We called it a night and headed back to the motel. I set the alarm for 4 a.m. and got maybe 5 hours of sleep if I was lucky. After a few pre-race rituals I headed out to run up and down the main street of Logan. I was amazed at how many cars were already out and about at 4:30 in the morning. Some friends of mine from Runner's Anonymous knew I would be out there and offered me a ride the day before but I had to turn them down because I would be running to the bus pick-up area to get my mileage in. Well, they saw me and honked at me as they drove by. One girl said she recognized my bright orange shoes! I do love my shoes:) At this point I had completed about 3 and 1/2 miles. The bus pick up was 1.2 miles away and so I headed back to the motel for a final pit stop and to make sure I had everything. I kissed Mark good-bye and headed off again to get at least 4 1/2 miles in before the race. I was almost there and all of a sudden panic hit! I had forgotten my race bib back at the motel. I knew I couldn't get on the bus without it and I knew I didn't have time to run the 1.2 miles back and then get back to the bus in time. Plus my timing chip was attached to it and I just plainly NEEDED it. The race people said the last bus was leaving at 5:45 am and at this point it was about 5:35 am. AHHHHH.........I didn't know what to do. I didn't have my cell phone and there just wasn't time for anything. It takes me longer than 10 minutes to run a mile and even if I did run back and have Mark drive me I would miss the bus. I thought about sticking my thumb out and seeing if somebody would drive me back. Then all of a sudden I see three angels walking toward the bus pick up. I ran up to them and told them my dilemma and asked for a ride back to my motel.
Shannon to leave me a comment so I can follow her blog. Melanie said she doesn't blog but she has a grandson named Porter. Oh yeah, of course we are friends now! It's so much fun meeting new bloggy friends. These gals just totally made my morning!
I wandered around looking for my Runner's Anonymous Facebook friends but there were so many people I couldn't locate them. That made me a little sad because we had talked about finding each other up there and starting the race together.
Another friend from Runner's Anonymous whom I've never met I recognized from our Facebook group. She had posted a picture of what she would be wearing and I remembered her bright flashy skirt. When I saw it I hollered to her "Hey you are Lori from Runner's Anonymous". We ran together for a little bit and liked the fact that we both were wearing bright orange shoes.
The rest of the race was just fun. There were always so many people around. I heard constant chattering of people no matter where I was at. Eventually I needed some music and popped in the earbuds. My friend Jody was being paced by her friend and neighbor Jen. I tried my hardest to stay up with them and the 2:10 pacer group but just didn't have the zest and zip to do it. That whole adrenaline rush was gone and my energy may have been a little bit zapped. I ate oranges and bananas at the aid stations and made sure to drink plenty of Gatorade and water.
When I came down out of the canyon between mile 6 and 7 I remembered how fun it was last year to see my cute family cheering for me. I told them they could just see me at the finish line this year and not to worry about driving around to find me. The rest of the run was just a matter of staying focused and determined to get this finished and hopefully with a better time than last year.
As I got about a mile away from the finish I decided to pour on the speed a little more. I was worried I wouldn't beat my time. When I got closer I could see the clock and knew I had to hustle. I came in at 2:14:29 which is a minute and a half faster than last year. Whew! That was cutting it a bit close but I'll take it considering the extra 4 1/2 miles run at 4:30 a.m.
I found the after-race goodies which were a bit of a let down this year. More Gatorade, water, oranges and bananas, which I had already consumed during the race. The only other thing they had in addition to that was bread bites and mini fat boy ice creams. Yup, it was disappointing. Now that the race was over I still had 1/2 of a mile to run to complete my total 18 miles for the day. Me, Mark and Cooper started heading to the car and I told them to pick me up down the road by the Maverik. Well, by the time they found me I had completed a total of 18 1/2 miles and you can better believe I am counting all of it in my training book.