|Nikki, Ellen, me, Amanda, Becky, and Deb|
I exchanged hugs with Deb and Nikki and then stepped into my corral. I had a lovely conversation with a couple that was using the 1/2 as a training run. After this, there was a moment of silence for the Boston Tragedy and then the singing of the National Athem. You could have heard a pin drop at that 40,000 people deep strarting line. To be quite honest, I got choked up and had to hold back the tears. Minutes later I crossed the starting line for my 13.1 mile journey. I settled into my required pace early on which I was quite happy with especially with the crowd of people running next to me. Around the 1/2 mile mark I saw Amanda. The course was nice and flat until we got to the Speedway. There was a good sized hill that you had to run up to enter the speedway and the track was definitey banked. I had no idea what was about to happen to me about one mile after I entered this beauty.
|I totally swiped this picture from Amanda's facebook! Thanks Amanda!|
I was progressing just fine and holding pace for the most part. I did slow a little but I was still on pace for the most part.
|See, 1:50:31 was my estimated finish time in the brickyard|
|Amanda, Nikki, and I. Yes, I am gritting my teeth in pain|
We all chatted for a bit and then Amanda and Becky headed to their hotel as they were heading home Saturday afternoon. Nikki and I hung out behind the wall of military personnel and waited for Deb.
|Military personnel keeping the runners and spectators separated until out of the secure zone|
I ended up getting a few more calf cramps during this time. I did my best to walk them off. Once Deb finished we headed to the car and then we headed to the cupcake store. Don't judge...we earned those cupcakes!
|State #12 Run and Done|
Sunday morning we headed out for brunch and then we said our good-byes and started our drive home. We made much better time on the way home thanks to the decision to take the turnpike!
I had a massage last night and come to find out my calf pain was directly related to an incredibly tight IT band! Thankfully I am feeling much better today!
Complete a half in all 50 states status: 12 states and D.C. completed
Completed states: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas.
Up next: State #13----somewhere...lol....we need to figure that out!! I might also be working toward a pretty lofty goal but I will save that post for another day!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!