BREAKING NEWS: i'm a moron.
This was by far the most competitive race i have ever run! Matt dropped me off at the packet pick up, and i had to take a trolley to the start line. I was
Not the best way to go into a race. It was also cold. Apparently the year before when they ran the race it was about 28 degrees, so while it was a balmy 40 degrees, it was still cold, and i was out of breath just standing in line to use the port-a-potty. (it is soooo time to get an inhaler.) I located a 2:00 pace group, and figured i would hang with them as long as i could, but the windy, windy cold was getting to me, and i knew breathing would be an issue. I figured, i will keep up as long as i can, and then pull back when i need to. There is no need to kill myself for this race. We started out ok, and i kept up with the pace group for about 3 miles. I kept getting further behind at the water stations because they didnt stop, and i didn't care enough to catch up. Around mile 4, it started to rain. And it continued to rain for the next 10 miles. It actually rained ALL DAY LONG. I was so cold, and wet, and miserable. I was coughing up copious amounts of phlegm, and i managed to get mascara in my eye rendering me damn near blind. Did i mention i was cold, wet, and miserable? ok good. I actually started crying around mile 9. I don't deal with being cold and wet very well, obviously. Matt had chosen to wait out the race in the car because of the obviously impending rain. smart man. We actually had to run past the finish like at mile 10, and then do a separate out and back for the last 3 miles. That killed me. I just wanted to sneak out and finish. But then i saw Matt! he was waiting for me at the 10 mile mark!
|smiling through the tears.|
We finished, and i grabbed a mushy bagel and soggy popcorn, and we ran to the car, where i promptly blasted the heat at 800 degrees. Unfortunately, the parking situation was a huge issue for this race, and it took us 30 minutes to get out of the parking lot, which sucks for Matt more than anything because i whined the whole time.
This race hurt me. The cold made me really sore, and i was undertrained, and i think my soul was a little damaged....
On the plus side though, i love the race shirt. Its really simple and black and i can't stop wearing it. I would consider running the race again just for the shirt. And revenge. I would do it for revenge.
|Way to go, cluckie, you god damn slave driving stuffed chicken.|