56 min! (Well, 55 by the timer in my shoe and 56 by the gunshot.) What a day! I feel so good it is unbelievable.
I woke up at 6:30 am! Of course, I was so excited I couldn’t sleep at all last night, so rolling out of the covers was the first hurdle of the day. I showered and cleaned my nose to try and help with all of the snot that pours out of my face. (It didn’t really help all that much though. Good thing we had a long-sleeved shirt, because mine ended up being a kleenex!) After the shower I got dressed w/ my green t-shirt, gathered my things, and headed out the door.
I met Addie at Starbucks for some breakfast to get us going for the day. I had a banana that I brought from home, a multi-grain bagel, and some Naked berry juice, delicious. We saw Kara, what a surprise, and that was pretty cool. She’s a big time runner, but is pregnant so not running so much currently. At 8:00 we headed downtown. We got Addie her timer, and stretched out our muscles among the sea of green. Then it was off to the start line!
The weather was nice, but a bit chilly. Standing in the crowd of people however kept us warm and the wind from blowing against us. We started towards the front, but not the very front. At 9:00 the gunshot went off and we all headed down Locust St. It was super easy to run at first, and all of the excitement of everyone next to you kept you going. We alternated running and walking throughout the entire thing, which was a good decision. The first KM was cake, and passed by really quickly. Once we got over towards The District there was the first water station. (Note to self: learn to run and drink water at the same time.) After that came running alongside the river. Let’s just say that part was a little bit closer to the freezing side of things. The wind was blowing and there was a mist that made it just plain cold. Running alongside the river was the breaking point of me starting to get tired. I found my running becoming more like jogging, and my legs starting to feel like wet noodles. It was really cool when we came up to the riverfront though because you could look ahead of you and on the Greenway path in front of you was a line of green. All of the people looked like little aunts altogether, spaced out along the pathway. After that we crossed over I-164. I felt so powerful because all of the cars had to stop for us! We took Riverside over to Parret and that was a quick part, then once we made the turn to head back things got more challenging. The second water station went a lot better than the first, and we knew the end was in sight. Once we hit 6 KM I kept checking my iPod to tell me how much further we had to go. Also at this point the shuffle player was giving me a bunch of slow songs. Once we turned onto Main street things really started to kick into gear. We started running harder and faster, taking shorter breaks along the way. We walked the short distance along MLK Jr. and as soon as we hit Locust we sprinted all the way. Running across that finish line felt so good! Seeing the number 56 for the minute timer felt even better.
Honestly, I didn’t really know what to expect. Even from picking up my packet yesterday afternoon I wasn’t sure what was going on, what I needed to do, or would I would do. My first goal was to just finish the race, which I most certainly accomplished. My second goal was in under an hour. I really, truly had no clue if this was possible but an hour felt like a good even point to set a goal at. I feel so accomplished. I got 841st place, and 41st in my division. We ran 13:00 miles. No medals or anything this time, but knows, maybe one day in the future.
After we crossed the line we went inside the Civic Center to check out all of the booths – gotta get your free stuff and sign up for drawings (don’t worry, we didn’t win anything). There was music provided by Rowan Tree, an amazing Celtic music group from Evansville and plenty of free water, which were both much appreciated. After everyone had finished there was a ceremony. We left around 11:30 to go get some food because we were starving! Where else would we go with our green shirts to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, none other than RiRa’s. It was delicious. I had an Irish breakfast, which my serve explained as “basically a plate of meat” haha. It had sausage, black & white pudding, rasher, eggs, toast, fried mushrooms.
And don’t worry, guys, we finished the race two steps ahead of the pregnant lady with a stroller! nap time!
Addie & I at Starbucks before heading downtown:
Registation – getting in the right category & being timed:
our shoes – Nike+ & Ipico timers:
Allo the shoes for Soles for Souls:
Right before it began, waiting for 9:00:
Do you see the line of green along the riverfront?
That’s right cars, you wait for us!
Rowan Tree Celtic band:
My Irish breakfast:
Addie at RiRa’s: