Half-marathon #2✔️😃 Lot of mixed feelings today.
1) Best race experience ever. The lake water shimmered like glass. The views were so breathtaking I gasped several times. Little kids were high-fiving runners along the course. The crowd at the finish line had me feeling like I was running out of the tunnel at Ford Field. The food tent post race had the best watermelon I've ever tasted. There was Moomers and chocolate milk 😍😋 2) Some of the funniest signs ever. "If Trump can run, so can you!" and "Slow down so I can check out your ass" had me 😂
3) I was plagued with excruciating oblique and abdominal cramps in mile 5 despite my lungs and legs feeling awesome. Had me hunched over in pain for 2 mins and walking for another 3 before I could muster the strength to jog again. As the pain ebbed, I eased back into race pace, downing a gel and hydrating. The same cramps struck again unexplained at mile 10. And at mile 12 the hammies joined the party. It was a test of will, unlike anything I've experienced. I saw the finish line and as adrenaline kicked in, I somehow was still within PR range... ?! Hams burning, remembering why I decided to start running 10 months ago, the wise words of @michiganmarathoner and all her encouragement, the positive vibes of my (insta)friends and family.... I made a decision. I was going to run across that finish line with no regrets. A determined surge propelled me past 4 people as I entered the final turn on the high school track where the finish line was. I can honestly say I ran past the finish line. It was a calm but emotional moment for me, because I found out way after the race, that I DID PR by 0.8 seconds! 1:50:55 😅. Holy moly... When plan A goes down, and plans B through Z follow suit, remember what drives you. You can still burn for yourself. Push your limits, and never let doubt overwhelm your ambitions. It wasn't my best race, but knowing that I could've ran my goal time were it not for the cramps at mile 5, and that I didn't let them take away from my joy of running today... That is sweeter than any macaron or cupcake 😊🏃🏻