Thanks so much for all of the comments, texts, emails, message, etc. The support and encouragement from you all has been much felt and much appreciated!!
We have been super busy and I have been trying not to waste a minute of my time here in Florida with Jennifer. A MUCH more detailed race and weekend recap will be coming tomorrow, but for those not on Facebook, here is the short of it.
Time was 3:14:30. NOT what I was shooting for (although a 3+ minute PR), however, I got sick and lost 6 minutes and 10 seconds dealing with that and trying to clean myself up a bit. So although I am not happy with what my official time was, I AM happy with how I ran. Sage wanted me to dip under 3:10 for this race, and I "ran" a 3:08:20. I know it doesn't count and that's ok, but I also know the effort I was able to give and the pace I was able to run.
My splits were consistent, my legs and lungs felt awesome, I did not let myself discouraged when I got sick and wasted so much time OR when we turned around at the out and back and there was a decent head wind for much of the "back" section. I stayed mentally focused, I never stopped fighting, I never wanted to stop running, and I ENJOYED racing. I truly, truly did. In fact I picked off two very strong female runners in the last two miles (one of which had a bike pacer) and moved up from fifth place to third.
As a bonus, I finished THIRD overall and won $400 and a beautiful platter, along with the very ugly medal!! (Pictures coming). :)
I have got to get this stomach figured out. It is very frustrating to be eating perfectly and avoiding foods that make things worse and never "cheating" and to still have stomach issues often, ESPECIALLY during a race in which everything else felt amazing and the last thing on earth I wanted to do was to stop running. I have an appointment and some more tests coming up and am praying for answers and solutions.
This race WAS a step in the right direction. I ran really well. I will post my splits soon and I am proud of them. I am proud that I placed as well as I did. It felt great to be physically and mentally strong throughout a marathon and to enjoy it. I felt like I got my racing groove back. It leaves me confident that with this line of training, big things (and faster times!) are coming.
The time with Jennifer and Lauri has been wonderful. We have had so much fun and I am charging up on best friend time because it will be way too long before we get time together again.