39:10!!! That was my official time, and a personal best. There are so many things I want to write that this will be either a very long post or a few shorter ones.
1 - food prep and Mom
2 - sleep
3 - flustered
4 - race itself
5 - hospital
6 - baby shower
7 - hospital
Friday night Brianne and I went to my brother's house to help prep food for the baby shower we were having the next day for him and his girlfriend. My mom arrived later but fell in the street and we had to call 911. Her hip is broken. I rode in the ambulance with her and stayed at the hospital for a few hours. I didn't get to sleep until 12:30 and I had planned to pack that night and be in bed by 9 to get a full night's sleep before the race. I don't understand why God allowed her to break her hip the night before my race and the baby shower, but He did and I have to deal with it.
Woke up at 5:00 and overpacked: a second pair of running pants, shirt, socks, and shoes JUST IN CASE! A banana even though they probably have them at the end of the race, but JUST IN CASE! Extra batteries for my camera JUST IN CASE! (and I did need them) Half a gallon of water but they had bottled water there. Gatorade to alternate with water. Baby wipes for my face (didn't use them). A washcloth to carry with me during the race to wipe the sweat before it runs into my eyes (definitely used that). A hand towel for afterward (didn't use it). Water to pour onto myself was on my list, but I didn't take it because the weather was cooler and VERY windy so I didn't take that. Comb, which I did use.
I was nervous the day before and the morning of the race. I was also flustered because I'm not a fan of crowds. I don't avoid them at all costs, but as we lined up at the start line, people were packed fairly close together and were moving around but most of all, I COULDN'T FIND MELISA!!! My running partner! We had planned to run this race together and here I was at the start line and couldn't find her. I had already seen her that morning
but couldn't find her right before the race. AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!!! I finally left the start line go get her. Whew!
And we're off!
This is going to have to be part 1. I have to leave to go the hospital where my mom is having surgery. I'll continue the race post later. Stay tuned!