With Mommy’s due date nearing and Daddy’s recent kidney removal plan, I felt like I needed a race. Also, it was time for Mommy and Daddy to crew me. After a lot of thinking, I decided to ask Mommy to be my crew leader. I just felt like I have been crewing for her my whole life. She needed to step up.
I just wanted to be comfortable racing so I decided to wear my brown pants and my cotton t-shirt. For shoes, my crew did not let me wear my purple sandals and I did not like this. I felt like purple sandals were the right shoes for me, but my crew had different ideas.
Race registration was great. It went really smoothly. They had IPads at registration, but “Super Why” wasn’t on so I did not see the point. I was doing my warmup with another competitor in the kids climbing area talking strategy and Daddy just showed up with a number. I didn’t want to put holes in my shirt so after I yelled, my crew agreed to put it on my side.
With the number crisis averted I had to go to the bathroom. I’m not sure if it was the nerves or if I just wanted to check out the bathroom. Bathroom are really cool. They all have sinks! I went with my crew leader. Such an amazing crew leader, she even went in the stall with me.
After the bathroom I really was having second thoughts and I considered not starting. I just wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t want to miss snack time and the car seat was pretty tight on the drive out.
My crew talked me up again and I was ready to go. I just was having trouble with my number though. It was really limiting my hip mobility. I asked my crew to move it to the front of my race kit. They are amazing. Those pins are sharp!
I got a little distracted at the start.
So I was worried I would have to start it the back. So while the race director was giving final instructions I made sure to push my way to the front. I took off quickly, but I wanted to save myself so I dialed back a bit. I knew in my heart the pace was to fast and carnage would ensue.
On my way to the start!
In the first 19 feet I was feeling great, but I knew I was going to need help when I got to 55 feet and after about 35 feet of soul searching I ask my crew leader pace me. Those last 35 feet were some of the toughest racing I have done this year and possibly my entire life. I was so happy to have a pacer!
With my pacer I just focused on her and she pulled me through. I just told myself to keep smiling even though I was really really hurting inside!
So the field really started to spread out quickly! It was like a track meet. There was such solid competition this year. I got to the turn around and the volunteers were AMAZING! I felt such great support! I knew the second half was all down hill so I was super relieved to get to the to the halfway point.
At the turn around I had to stop and check my shoes. They are blue Velcro with polka dots. They have only been on the market for only 25 years. My pacer came through again and made sure the Velcro was solidly in place!
After my brief break, my crew had me in and out, I was feeling awesome again. My pacer was setting a daring pace and I just needed to hold on!
I totally did! Then after another 46 feet I saw the finish line. I hadn’t felt that happy since breakfast when I got a piece of toast with the crust already cut off.
I got a little off course towards the end, but again my pacer came through. I am telling you she was amazing. She pushed me through, literally!
After the race festivities were second to none. I received the greatest race medal in the world. I have worn it for three days straight. I was kind of tired after the run. So I just passed out. I was so spent I didn’t even take a bath (we don’t have bubbles anyway).
After I woke up my crew decided I better get some recovery food in me right away. I must have had a little low blood sugar still because the only thing I wanted was an ice cream cone. My crew even paid for it. So awesome!
Upon returning my legs felt a little tight so I decided to do an easy spin just to loosen thing up.
Huge thanks for reading. This was a big PR for me. We had 6 feet of climbing for over 700 feet of running. I think I am going to stick to the shorter stuff for a couple of weeks before ramping up for my next race.
(On a serious note. The Nordell’s are great and we really enjoyed the run last weekend even though we couldn’t race. Special thanks to Todd for putting on another stellar race. See you soon. Stay tune for another blog post. We will be updating in 2015!)