Well I have another half marathon under my belt, but it wasn't pretty! The race started at 6:45 this morning. Was up around 4:30, had my cliff bar and Diet Coke and awaited my DH to get up. Left the house around 6 and were there around 6:15. Parking was is the Cedar Point parking lot and employees were directing everyone to their parking spot. Very well organized and stress free. That is what is nice about a race at a Park like that....parking is pretty much unlimited and no hassle. The race started in the same lot, so not a lot of walking involved. The race was delayed about 10 minutes, I guess they were having problems getting the streets blocked off in our downtown, where we would also run. Race got started at 6:55. The National Anthem was sung by a woman with a beautiful voice, our anthem is tough to get right and she nailed it! I got choked up like I always do before a race, the atmosphere, music, national anthem and the calling of us "athletes"! I still don't consider myself an athlete. Anyway we got started. The first 4 miles were to run inside the amusement park so we headed out of the parking lot, rounded another neighboring parking lot and entered the park. They had music blasting and some of the rides were running, athough the only people in the park were we runners. The Carousel was running. I love the carousel and it is about the only ride my stomach can take anymore. A few of the coasters were going also, made it very festive! I didn't not start out too fast today, a mistake I frequently make! So I felt pretty good in the park. I did not check my Garmin too much today because I become obsessed with it sometimes and start getting upset if I don't feel I am running like I should . It was hot and humid, but at this point there was a pretty good breeze coming off the Bay, not too bad. Headed out of the park, around the parking lot again and down the road that leads to or way from Cedar Point. Now it is getting HOT. No shade at all, the only saving grace was the breeze was still pretty brisk. I tried to pick up my pace some and did pass some runners that had passed me earlier, that is always a good feeling isn't it? Ran into town, again not much shaded , started seeing the leaders heading back, this was about mile 6 I believe. I was still feeling really good at this point. Running further into town, through residential, so a l ittle more shade. Since my son is a policeman, I knew a few of the officers who were directing us and holding up the traffic, so that was cool. Unfortunatley, I was already starting to drag a bit and getting a cramp in my right foot. I had water and GU with me, I had already had one GU earlier. There were frequent water/gatorade stops, but Ionly ever take water. At this point I was pouring the water down my shirt! Made a left turn to circle the downtown area, and on the way back through, my son was directing traffic! So good to see him, I love that boy......Just about through the town and headed back to Cedar Point and now my right calf is starting to get into the picture. I just kept hoping that it wouldn't cramp up on me! I was just getting those little twinges that let you know you may cramp, know what I mean, so I started getting nervous. My legs were getting really tired and I know I slowed way down, eventually, I had to start walking. Darn, I do run with a walk/run when I am doing longer distances, but now I was walking more than running. When I did start running I could really feel it in my calves, there were starting to tighten up a lot. At mile 12 I almost through in the towel! All I wanted to do was STOP! That is when the thought of "why do I do this?" Why do I purposely put myself through this?" LOL. The last mile was a killer, but finally I enter back into the parking lot and see my DH waiting for me...of course he says I am doing great, only 1/4 mile to go! I hadn't looked at my watch in ages, I just figured I was doing terrible time wise, but approaching the chute they are announcing my name, and sure enough the calf cramps, but not enough to stop me in my tracks, as I cross the finish line they say "ginny Bess and she will be on the podium" I could not believe it! Even though I was not having the greatest run, I still placed in my Age group. I was so excited. The awards were pretty quick after I finished, but my legs were getting worse and worse. I never stopped walking and my DH was rubbing my calves with ice. They would be okay for a minute or so, but then start cramping right back up. They announced my name finally ( I think they should work backwards and do the older people first, LOL especially today. You guessed it! As soon as I went to stop onto the podium, both calves just seized up and I could not make it! Of course everyone is asking if I am okay. Do I look okay? It was just cramps, but I missed getting my pic taken and everything! Gosh darn it, but I did do it! We had to stick round for almost an hour until I could get the cramping under control.
So now I am sipping my Diet Coke, sitting on the front porch. Already too a nap! My calves are still twitching, but much better, and as crazy as it sounds, I will do this again in a few months and hope for a better run. My time was 3:06, which I know, to many of you is super slow, but considering how I felt the last few miles, I was happy with it.