Before I recap, remember I bought new running shoes for the GAR, hated the pink color, but decided to R.O.C.K. pink if I had to wear it? Well, mission accomplished! Check it out...
I HATE pink!!!!!
On to the recap...
43,032 feet. 8.15 miles. 13K. That's all it was but it felt like WAY more... but not as much as the first time I did it!
Anthony and I got up at 3:45, walked the dogs, then headed out to find parking at the finish line. We shuttled down to the start line, met up with my friend, and we were off by 7:00! The three of us have very different paces so we didn't stick together during the race.
For me and my tweaky knee, it was a love-hate relationship.
The first 4 miles were no problem and I was able to run/jog the entire thing but once mile 4.5 hit, I started to take walking breaks and THAT'S when my knee started to hurt. During the walks... WTH? I loved it because my sore-knees-only-when-walking kept me at a jogging pace for most of the race but hated it because at the times I really wanted to walk, it was painful!
So how'd I do? Did I hit my goal of under 1:30:00? Did I hit my ultimate goal of beating my last time?
Nope, didn't get under 1:30, but I'm hella proud of beating my last time of 1:45. That's an entire minute shaved off each mile... happy with that!
After we got home, I did something even more painful than walking with my busted knee...
20 lbs. of ice + 15 minutes = sad Annie
... I took an ice bath. I believe they work - even if you take them two hours after the race! - because I always feel better after the bath than before.
And last but not least, what's the best thing about doing races? The post-race, congratulations-for-finishing-but-not-good-for-weight-loss meal.
Nom nom nom!