But that's okay. Because it ended up I was running on these babies.
|Yup I'm so hard core. I think the scariest part was not knowing what was underneath the socks.|
|When everything was speedy and happy.|
And somehow, I slugged through 5 more miles. I walked up some hills and ran down. The worst part was trying to run on my feet. I completely lost any semblance of form. Normally I am a fore foot striker. Well, during the majority of the race, I was striking heavily on my heels to try to avoid blisters especially on the trail portions with lots of pointy rocks.
Thankfully, near the end, I met this awesome fellow runner, Ali, who also blogs. Her blog is cool but she is even cooler. I ventured to talk to her because she told everyone who passed her good job. Way more gracious than I will ever be. But that made the last 5K bearable.
|We were smart. Instead of taking an energy drink which came in disposable cups, we took water and kept the cups.|
She also finished super strong. I tried to keep up with her, but by that point, my feet really hurt. so I took it easier until the last half a mile. I really pushed then, and started passing tired people. At the last 0.1 of a mile, this man tried to pass me. I didn't let him. I finished in a full out sprint and promptly forgot Ali's advice to pump my fist in the air when i finished. Instead I looked something like this
|I know, super attractive.|
|Blurry sprint to the finish|
And despite the terrible time I had running and all the pain that I still am in, I can't wait for a redemption race. Currently, I am considering the Fabius Bread for Schools Run. It's a half in a month and just as hilly.
What do you guys think? Should I sign up for another race?