|Some of the ASR group|
|Mile 4, downtown Kenosha|
The course was mostly an out and back for the half marathon with a split at mile 11.5. Luckily I was still feeling great around 11.5 so I didn't even attempt to cut it short. I was still feeling pretty good into miles 12 and 13 but knew that my pace had slowed. I had planned to take a Hammer Gel vanilla at 6, 12, 18, and 24. I took my gel at 6 and 12, but didn't get the same boost I had gotten at 6, but I knew my mom and sister were supposed to be at 16, so I told myself to push for 3-4 miles. I rounded the corner around 13.5 miles and there were my mom and sister! Caitlin ran up to me, and I exchanged water bottles with her, took half of my half peanut butter sandwich, and asked for an extra Hammer gel. Caitlin ran back to my mom and sprinted barefoot back to me to hand-off my gel as I reached back. We had to have looked ridiculous, but I loved it!
At this point I just listened to my music and kept moving my legs. I had some Clif Shot blocks to alternate with my gel, so I picked mile marks in between gel, and told myself just 2 more miles, or 1 more mile until shot block time! I took a couple of shot blocks around 16, and told myself only 2 miles until gel time! Miles 14.5-18 were pretty tough as they were on mostly gravel roads. Somewhere in there I saw Aaron, and he was asking thumbs up or down, and I gave him the thumbs up! Around 18.5 we were finally back on some pavement. I could see the 19 mile marker with a timing mat, and I was thankful for that timing mat, because I saw a guy cut out around 15 miles, and I was going to be very angry if he also got a medal that I got and he did not run the whole thing! A quarter mile later I was making the turn to head back, and remember a friendly volunteer and blow-up cow sitting there. Just after I crossed the mile 19 marker I saw Deanna. I was quite shocked to see her because I figured she was ahead of me. Seeing the familiar faces seemed to help me out. I got a 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th wind and started to pick my pace back up slightly. By mile 20 I literally said to myself "hmm, I don't think this is so bad!" There was no self talk about how I was never doing this again, only positive thoughts. Soon after I think I passed the multi-marathoner I had met that morning, he was walking. On mile 22 I remember feeling fantastic and passing probably 4 or 5 people who were spaced out.
|Super Cheerleader and Videographer Caitlin|
|Mom and I|
May 4th, 2013