Before you go any further, you should go check out Suzanne's recap from the race, she took some great pictures along the course, including some photos of Whiskey Hill!
I don't have a mile by mile recap of the race in me, so I will do bullet points:
~ Suzanne finding me just prior to the race and running the first 2 miles or so with me - this kept me from going out too strong the first few miles and took my mind off how nervous I was. I could get used to having someone to run with!
~ The course was beautiful, very scenic and always something to look at
~ I made it most of the way up Whiskey Hill without walking
~ Completing the first 5 miles (including Whiskey Hill) in less than 49 minutes
~ My foot issue wasn't too bad - only a few minor twinges
~ The course support was awesome, gatorade and water, oranges at two places. There was someone on a 4 wheeler offering to take coats that were tied around waists, even though this was a small race I saw more race support than at larger races. There was a decent amount of spectators on the course as well. Great post race offerings.
~ Awesome race swag: long sleeve tech shirt, hat, backpack, and a wood "medal" made from a whiskey barrel
~ The feeling of passing people on the way to the finish even when I am dead, my body still has a kick left, I ran a sub 6:30 (fluctuated from 5:30 to 6:30) from the corner to the finish line.
~ Finishing in under 2:30 (my unspoken goal for this race)
~ A guy named Monte who was at the race and put his photos on smugmug for purchase - he actually got a few good photos of me!
~ Failing to realize how much elevation change I should be prepared for.
~ Completing the first 5 miles (including Whiskey Hill) in less than 49 minutes *yes, this is a bad thing, it meant I didn't conserve enough energy for the rest of the course
~ At some point I mentally checked out, around mile 6-7 I was in tears wanting to quit, I texted my mom and told her I was struggling, once I stopped to walk it was hard to run again
~ My stomach acted up again which meant no fueling on the course, I should have taken 2-3 packets of fuel, instead I drank water and some gatorade
~ Feel like I was dehydrated going into the race, I drank everything I had, took water on course, and was still dying of thirst at the finish line
~ Brightroom sucked it up on the photos, only one of me was tagged, I did find one more going through the lost and found but both are terrible. I always buy race photos, this time.. NOT EVEN TEMPTED! :-/
~ Missed my "dream goal" of 2:10 - and honestly if it weren't for my stomach I probably would have made it. Between the lack of fuel and having to walk to control cramps, I figure that was at least 10 minutes!
The bottom line: I swore I would never do this race again, but I am already trying to figure out how I can get back and show that course that its not stronger than me! If you get a chance, DEFINITELY run this race - its the best I have run to date!
Not very proud of them, but here are my splits (more for my future reference than anything).
Last but not least, some photos from the race...
|Suzanne and I at the start, we are in the middle of the picture|
|1.5-2 miles into the race, running with Suzanne|
|Coming up the highway towards the Square in Lynchburg - almost done! I passed the guy you can barely see in the yellow before the finish line!|
|Looking around the corner towards the finish line|
|Kicking it to the finish!|
|Yes, I was dying..|
|Suzanne and I post race|
|Medal and custom engraved bottle of Jack Daniels|
|My race swag, minus the backpack (my parents bought me the engraved bottle of JD, THANKS!)|
ETA: These two race photos I just got... the start line photo is probably one of my best race photos ever!