Some days you run and everything just flows. You finish feeling light on your feet and invigorated. Today was not that day. Today my legs felt like lead. My lungs were fighting me. And my heart wasn't in it. It was a mental run. A constant struggle between me and that little voice that tells you to quit. Today, that voice won. I cut my run short. Something I RARELY do.
Things started out fine. Fay, Kate, Spencer and I headed out through the streets of Richmond over the James River.
It was nice. I stopped to take these pictures and then I just couldn't get started again. My brain shut off. I even considered asking one of the girls who were meeting us at the midpoint if I could have their keys to drive their cars to the finish. But, my ego is too big for that. Instead, I ran on with G (she joined us at mile five). I felt like she was pulling me the entire way. I just wanted to stop. But, I knew with every step we were getting closer. Near mile seven, we stopped for a few more pictures. Here we (Kate, G and me) are crossing the Nickel Bridge (oh, can I just mention that the entire second half of our run was a never ending hill? You know the kind. The ones that don't seem like much of a hill but just stretch on FOREVER!)
G and I dropped off Kate at her house around mile 7.5. And headed back to the cars. I had planned on 10, but nine was all I could muster. I just wanted to go home. We finished in 1:30:41, a decent pace considering the hills. Here's the post run shot ... I'm smiling so HUGE because I don't have to run anymore!
Once I got home, I jumped on the scale and realized that I was crazy dehydrated. I consumed about 32 ounces of liquid, during and after my run, but was still two pounds less than when I left. I'm thinking that might have played into my mental breakdown. Oh, well. I always have next week to redeem myself ...
And now, for the real reason you came here. The winners of the Training Tag-Alongs giveaway!!
The three winners of a Training Tag-Alongs Tee are:
Teamarcia at Running Off at the Mouth
Dallas B at OBX Running Mama
RunMom at Secrets of a Running Mom
Please email me your shirt and size preference, along with your contact info and I will pass it along to Training Tag-Alongs to get you your prize.
And the 10 winners of a 26.2 sticker are:
Michelle at LetsRollMama
Shelby (didn't link back to a blog)
Darlene at My First 5K Blog
Nicole Joy at NJoy Life
Heather at Run Faster Mommy!
Allie at That Girl is a Running Fool
1NYGirl at KBrunsDisney
Mel at Tall Mom on the Run
Jen at Setting You Free
Momma Twitch at Run Momma, Run!
Please email me your contact info and I will mail you sticker this week!
Congrats to all the winners. And don't forget to check out my Run Like A Mother: The Book Giveaway!