The morning came very quickly... I had my alarm wake me up at 3:45 in the morning. The race was in Town Brookhaven (Atlanta) and my husband wanted to park really close to where the race was starting and finishing before they closed the roads. We left the house at about 5a.m. My girls were both up and in a good mood, thank God. I really loved where the race was because there were many places for food/coffee and a Publix supermarket right across the street. This was really helpful to my hubby who had 2 toddlers who are going potty now. :) I had plenty of time to warm up, stretch and visit the porta potties before the lines were super long. It was great weather. It was in the mid 50's the whole way through. I had planned on wearing shorts and a tank top along my my compression sleeves. I also wore a very light long sleeve shirt before the race started and was planning on throwing to to my husband as I ran by. I ended up taking it off before the race even started.I lined up in back of the 2:20 pace group. My last decision before the race began was whether I should run with or without music. I had ran only a couple of times with music during training, but I finally decided to take it along with me. I realized that I would need a way to focus and stay mentally positive during the 13.1 miles. I have to say that it was a great decision!! I listened to worship music the whole way through. The music kept my perspective on point, it also allowed me to focus on God and how awesome He has been in my life. Running to me, is a form or worship, where others may sing, paint, etc... I run. He has been my running partner this whole time and I couldn't have done it without His presence.
My goal was to run the race in 2:20. The course was tough in some places because of hills but it was so beautiful. There were so many people along the course and many water stops/portapotties. I ran with my amphipod handheld water bottle so I really didn't need to stop. In the neighborhood areas, there were little kids with their own little water stops as well, which I thought was so cute!! The course was very scenic, I focused on the beauty of the course rather than the hills. Most of the time I just focused on the worship music I was listening to. The last stretch was a straight road that seemed like it was neverending. I tried to keep my eyes focused on my steps rather that how far I had to go. I had about a mile to go, I was almost there!! I told God all I wanted was to finish strong. I knew that the "kick" I had been training for needed to come out and finish this race. I don't know how fast that last mile was but I ran as fast as I could, I kept on reminding myself I had worked hard and believing that I would finish strong. It was tough, but the adrenaline pushed me forward. When I crossed the finish line, I raised my hands up to the Lord and thanked Him. I thought of my babies in heaven and dedicated the race to them. I then looked around and saw my hubby and my girls, he was holding a sign up and had a single rose for me!!
|This pic was right after I crossed the finish line!!|
|My beautiful family, Gracie is ready for food and a nap!!|
We walked around the booths and I was able to meet with the founder of Moms Run this Town, Pam Burrus, which was really cool!! I also saw the marathoner who ran with me a while back at Silver Comet!!! He ran the race as well, I noticed him right away as he passed by me during the race, I really wanted to find and say hello to him, he was so helpful and so encouraging. He surprisingly remembered me and I was able to introduce him to my family, he asked about my time and told me by next year I should be running the half in 2:00 or less!! We talked for a bit and said our goodbyes, he runs all the races, so I'm very sure we will meet again. Then the Back on my Feet crew got together for a pic:
|BACK ON MY FEET|
|Allstate 13.1 Finisher|