Bizz Johnson Half Marathon Trail Run.
|Trail photos taken by Diane.|
Then after mile 9, I hit a wall. My body ran out of energy and my legs felt like lead...aside from the gels I had consumed every hour, my stomach wouldn't keep anything down from the time I woke up until after the race when we stopped for lunch. All of a sudden it was SO much effort to move my legs as I slowed down to a walk. I had serious doubts as to whether I could finish. A runner caught up to me, she had been chasing me and so we ran together for a while. Motivating each other and getting to know each other. Then I couldn't keep up with that pace (looking back at my stats, my pace per mile decreased and I ran slower each mile). That wasn't the plan...I was suppose to run faster until the finish. Suddenly I found myself doubting whether I could finish the last three miles or two miles that I had left. Seriously?! Normally it's a distance I can finish during my lunch hour and here I am debating what would happen if I just stopped running. Then and there.
But obviously I didn't. I told myself "one foot in front of the other" and that was the ONLY way I will cross that finish line. One foot in front of the other and that's what I did until the end.
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