I love race day!

There is just something about the community that joins together to run! I honestly had no idea it existed until I started running.

I am so thankful that the Lord has given me the ability to run and workout. I don’t ever want to take that for granted!

Last night I drove to Charlottesville for my race and stayed with Brian’s brother and sister-in-law! Seriously- they are THE BEST support group! I am so thankful I was able to spend some time with my future family even if Brian couldn’t be there!

Downtown mall in Charlottesville!

Thai dinner the night before the race. I went safe with salad. Sugar detox friendly and so good.

I woke up this morning at 5:15 to get ready for the race. For some reason on race day, it doesn’t seem that bad to get up that early. I was ready to go! Brian called me when I woke up and gave me a few words of encouragement and it seriously meant the world to me. I feel so blessed that he is so supportive of my love for running.

I got dropped off and did a warm-up jog and some plyometrics. I felt ready. It was weird standing at the starting line and not getting my iPod ready for the race. It was AWESOME. NO MUSIC!!!!!! I was so focused the entire run controlling my breathing, trying to maintain peace, and motivating myself. This could be the start of something beautiful…

A few days ago I posted about my plan for this race. For the most part, I feel like I accomplished what  I set out for. My first mile was my slowest mile! 10 seconds in I was ready to take off but I knew that If I did that I would lose all of my energy and definitely regret it. I needed that energy- check out this elevation…

It was rough. I am glad that I didn’t see this before the race or I would have freaked. Mile 1-5.5 progressed until I hit that huge hill. My miles were up and down the rest of the race. I tried to progress but then I would hit another hill. It evened out alright though. The course was beautiful. I wish I had a camera with me because it was perfect. The sun was shining over the mountains and it was just open fields for about 5 miles.

The last two miles felt really fast. I got a huge burst of energy and motivation and just wanted to finish strong. I love it when that happens! I finished the race with a time of 1:59 official time.

( there was a mishap with the sugar detox… I guzzled that down right after the race….on the last day too.. rookie mistake.)

This race was a huge confidence booster for the Nike Women’s Half. I felt strong today even with the hills. I am excited to race again. My goal for the next race is sub 1:55!

Who else ran this weekend? How was it?!