Drove up to Seattle with some of my friends who had signed up for the half marathon. There was horrendous traffic along the way, and we almost didn't make it to the Health & Fitness Expo in time to pick up our packets! Then we got separated, and had trouble locating parking for Qwest Field. Fortunately, we squeaked in with 42 minutes to spare. WHEW!
Woke up at 4:30 am. Threw on my clothes, and panicked because I didn't give myself enough time to double check everything. Got in the car at 5:15. Ate my standard pre-long-run breakfast of oatmeal/protein powder and a banana. Drove to downtown Seattle, parked, took a shuttle bus to the starting area. Realized on the bus that I'd forgotten to take my allergy medicine.
At 7:21, I crossed the starting line.
Mile 1: Already had to pee again, but decided to put it off til Mile 3. Lost the 4:15 pacer as a result.
Mile 3-8: Met up with my half-marathoning friend and ran with her for awhile at a slightly faster pace. Saw a guy running the half in a full polar bear suit. Saw a guy running in an Elvis suit. Got tired and slowed the pace back down and ran by myself.
Mile 11: Ankles started to hurt a bit. Felt tired. Hoped I would get a second wind.
Miles 20 and 22: Had to battle my mental game about hitting the wall. Freaked out because 22.29 miles was my longest training run.
Miles 17 and 24: GI problems. It wasn't pretty. Almost didn't stop at Mile 24 because I was worried I wouldn't be able to get running again, especially since it was uphill at that point.
Mile 24: Kept running. Felt sick running up the bridge (probably too much water at that point), but fine coming down it. Realized I could do finish AND beat Shia if I kept up the current pace. Felt good, felt strong, and like I'd beaten the wall. Heard my cell phone beeping, knowing it was my family and friends encouraging me (I didn't read the text messages til after I finished)/
Mile 26: I could taste it.
FINISH: Finished strong!
Official chip time: 4:30:50