The Sunburst 1/2 was… difficult.
I could probably end the recap there but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I did so I shall spin my tale for y’all.
We had a bright and early wake up call at 4:15 am. I was thrilled to be slumber party-ing it up with Meagan and her fam. I adore her sweat pea of a little one and her hubby is entertaining. Top off the good company with a yumo pizza dinner, some fro-yo and Meagan’s very cute puppy, I was set. Oh, the puppy? Her name is Sadie and she has the iconic patch over one eye. She is cuddly and jumped up and was my spooning buddy in the middle of the night. I’m not kidding, her head was resting next to mine on my pillow. My heart melted a bit.
It took about an hour to get to the start and thankfully we found a spot in the (free) parking garage. The race started RIGHT on time. Starting out the weather was perfect and Meagan commented, “you know it could be a rough one when at 7:30 am it’s the perfect temperature.” Foreshadowing at it’s finest.
I really wish I could tell you how despite odds being against us – neither one of us was exactly trained for 13.1, the weather was promising to be quite warm and some hesitant mental games, that we blew through the course. Nope. I was confident up until the 5th mile. I pre-juiced with some Vega Sport pre-energizer at the start, which was why I made it that far!
I started losing it at what I thought was mile 6. I told Meagan, “I don’t think I am going to make it.” Meagan: “We are almost at mile 8, you WILL make it.” I was grateful to hear we were almost to 8 but I was still doubting my mad running skillz. Meagan said right as I was losing hope, she was feeling confident – this was perfect. Meagan emotionally carried me for the rest of the race.
It was warm. I’ve never done this race before and it was rerouted from previous years since we couldn’t end in the Notre Dame stadium. The nice part was there was a lot of shade and the course was really pretty. There were some rolling hills with a few steeper ones that we walked. We did start to do some walk/running bouts. Meagan would call out our stops and starts – essentially I didn’t have to think, just run.
The water stops were about every mile and half or so, with awesome volunteers, water and gatorade. There was also GU at one of them – strawberry/banana (umm… no) and I grabbed it at mile 5. Salted caramel came to the rescue at mile 10. Mile 11 or so, I started feeling heat-strokey. I started getting chills and wasn’t feeling well. I let Meagan know. This kept up for about a mile. During this time, some of the neighborhoods had sprinklers out and I took full advantage. This definitely helped but I knew I needed the med-tent when we crossed the finish line.
Yep, we made it. Son of a triscuit, it was hard. I wanted to quit oh so badly and was proud that I didn’t. Meagan’s recap is here and while she says that she was hurting, she certainly didn’t let on, which is probably why we finished! Right after the volunteers passed out the medals, there were folks passing out cold, wet towels – I started feeling better almost immediately. We got our knees wrapped in ice, hit the after-race snacks, FRUIT CUPS! This is the first time I’ve ever had this and there wasn’t even honey-dew filler! I grabbed a popsicle (yeah!), guzzled a chocolate milk, and picked up a bagel and banana for the road.
I told you it was going to be a tale… A couple of things I took away from this race: 1) the gut check 2) running with someone is so much fun! The last time I ran with anyone was a year ago – with Meagan in fact! Yet another reason I decided run camp was a good idea. Oh yeah, and 3) the nutty things I will do for a t-shirt and a medal.
***No picture of said medal and t-shirt because I was too
tired lazy to get up off of the couch and take one… maybe another day.***