I had such an awesome experience. The weather was perfect, the course was absolutely beautiful, and I was feeling strong. I was very concerned about the weather since we've been getting a lot of rain, hail, and thunderstorms. However, the cloud cover kept us cool and I only felt a couple drops of rain. I loved, loved the course for many reasons. I didn't have to inhale exhaust from running through a city; the course was secluded to mostly trails (which were amazingly beautiful but I'd never run on them alone because of the seclusion and foliage) and a few quiet streets. The first 10 miles were down Provo Canyon on the road. It was gorgeous. There were a lot of hills up and down. If fact the race began with an uphill. Upbeat music got me through the hills and I tried to run faster on the downhills because I knew once we were out of the canyon, it would get flat. It took me about 30 minutes to get to 3 miles. I got to the halfway point at about 2 hours 16 minutes. And to 21 miles at 3 hours 46 minutes. The last five miles were really, really HARD. But I felt my strongest the first 10 miles and between 16 and 22 miles. I stopped for a short time to take a picture with the boys after the half way point and I walked a short distance to mile 23. After a certain point, it's all mental for me. I really, really want to walk and as I see people who are done, can't help but think how lucky they are.
Chris made these cool t shirts for the boys to wear. Here's A having rice balls for breakfast. We headed to Provo in the wee hours of the morning. They slept in the van before meeting me at the half way point. What troopers!
This is past mile 14 when I first got to meet the crew. They make me smile.
About mile 16
Between mile 21 and 22. Loved these sponges that are soaked in ice, cold water.
For some reason, seeing the end helps me forget my exhaustion and physical pain and gets me to pick things up again.
It truly was an amazing experience and I did well up with tears along the course when I thought about it all.