|Ann and I before the start.|
I ran the first mile in 7:52. By mile 1.5, I had to take a short walking break. The air was so heavy and I was having troubles breathing. I think some dude even looked back at me to see who was breathing so hard. Yup, I was struggling. I took two walking breaks during the second mile (8:47 pace) and two more walking breaks during the third mile (8:42 pace). If I WOULD STOP WALKING and just push myself, I would have come in under 26 minutes.
I finished the race in 26:14 (8:27 pace), which is 10 seconds off my PR...
And I have another horrible finish line picture to add to the collection:
|Heading to the Finish!|
I found a beautiful story online about Bret Dunlap, a man that was told would never walk again because of a horrific accident he faced as a child, but is now a marathoner! I fell in love with one of the quotes in the article: "You know that speed and distance are the standard measures of a runner's success, but that like a lot of standard measures, they're wholly inadequate to measure your experience. They're wholly inadequate to measure you." You can read the article here.