So I went and looked around, drank some water, went pee. Then I went back to the car checked my phone, txted the hubby, drank more water. Left the car, went pee again and walked around again. YES i went BACK to the car one mo time (i forget why at this point).
I then waited on a very long potty line, I didn't have to go but by the time i made it to the potty I did. Then ran over to start line and got in the mix. There were 10,000 runners and 2 start waves. I hung in the back and didn't pass the start line till 9.09am. It was hot but the start was along the ocean so you had some breeze. Mile 1 was ok, moved in and out of the crowd, as soon as we turned away from the ocean the heat hit me, and I started thinking bout water right away. My first mile was 10.02, i looked at my garmin a few times and saw 9.30 and told myself to slow down b/c i had 9 miles to do. Mile 2 was ok, as well still felt the heat and felt I was pushing to hard. I stopped at every water station and drank water, i did not drink the gatorade they had but i think i should have. Mile 2 was 10 as well, mile 3 went to 10.20, mile 4 went to 11 and so it went. The heat was unbearable and I had to walk, I stopped at the water stops and walked but i was stopping at many other points. I have never walked in races.
Hubby said if he came it would be for mile 5, so i tried to keep running then, of course i didn't see him and that played some mind games, he said he was there and he didn't see me ??? which sucks b/c i could have used his help. mile 7 was the worse....13 minutes it took me !! I was seriously thinking i was going to walk the rest of the way. finally saw mile 9, of course i had that stupid problem i do where i think when i see 9 miles i have to run one more mile to get to 9 but really i just did 9 ?? does this happen to you ? it sucks. saw the transition area and the volunteers were super helpful. they had walkie talkies and started announcing our bib number so they could call out to my team mate. She ran out and we high fived and i told her to kick butt.
Then i went searching for food and there was nothing ??? i can't recall i race i have been to that did have bagels spread out ?? They gave us a banana and granola bar ??? wtf. I then went to my car and got out of town, the rest of the day was not good, i was worthless.
Overall I am proud that I did it, as most folks did not fare well with the heat. I am disappointed in my time and how i felt, my mind was getting be beaten, hated it. But I need to chuck it up to the fact that I did 9 miles in the heat.
I got a great Tshirt and a great hat.....