I got there feeling pretty good and experienced immediate iPhone failure. I couldnt get ahold of any of the friends I also knew running (luckily, I was with two of them already and not totally on my own). Waiting for the race to start, the GPS on my phone (for which I need to use Runkeeper) kept wavering in and out.
The crowd waiting was pretty intense. They had 8 different start corrals and made each corral wait to start, one by one. I was in the second to last corral, so I waited ... forever. By the time I started my legs were tired from standing and I was already a bit dehydrated. In addition, since I had breakfast almost 4 hours earlier, I was hungry!!!
I actually felt pretty good during the race, despite the heat. By mile three I was getting a bit tired and feeling pretty thirsty, so I started looking for the water station. It didnt come into play until just before mile four, a little bit later than I really needed it. I was so hot that I chugged a whole gatorade and a whole water. DUMB. I started running. It started sloshing. I started cramping. I started walking. I had to walk a bit to get rid of the cramping and really couldnt push it in my last mile. So, other than a rookie-like mistake, I actually did surprisingly well on my first post-baby race!
I rewarded myself after the race with a banana, some potato chips ... and a beer.
Following that? A Potbelly sandwich and a milkshake. And tonight I had some Chinese food. Essentially, I rewarded myself quite well for my hard work today :)
The official times have been updated, but I am hoping they release the splits (like last year). Here is a little comparison of 2010 and 2011!
|Minutes to Start||33||42:57|