The description of the run was that it was in the “city center” of Aix. In my head a city center is flat, but what I didn’t realize was that Aix was a hilly city. I got that memo in the first meters of the run as I went downhill. “There’s going to be an uphill somewhere…”
That green area in the park went up up up a hill and then dooowwwwn, then up up again out back on the street, up up up again and then into the city streets.
There weren’t a lot of spectators along the course but, once again, the volunteers were awesome. “Courage Madame” rung in my ears as I went past the aid stations and then back to the main turnaround-finish area.
I have to say that I really need to find a way to improve on my half marathon performance. I don’t know if it’s mental or physical but I always need to walk at some point. In this half marathon I had to use all my tricks to keep myself going forward. I counted my steps. I ran from street corner to street corner and from tree to tree. I promised myself that I could walk up the hills but I had to run down.
The most difficult lap was the last because most of the triathletes were finished. At one point I looked behind and ahead of me and saw no one.
“What the **** does it matter if I finish 5 minutes later??!!” I thought. But then I got it together to give that last push. I thanked all the volunteers (you guys were awesome!) in my last lap; they must have thought I was delirious at that point.
I looked up my times today and just realized I came in third in my age group… darn! I didn’t go to the awards ceremony because I was sure that I was last! I wonder if they’ll send me my little trophy?
So picture this: I’ve been moving for 7 and a half hours on super tough course. I cross the finish line and see my husband on the other side of the fence. I touch his hand and start crying in that feminine get-those-emotions-out way. He asks me, “What are you crying for?”.
I’m leaving him home next time. Kidding. But kinda not…
A super thanks to Alvise and Luca who were on that course all day cheering me on every step of the way. I just hope you guys actually train for this next year! And a kiss to Evan who always showers me with enthusiasm in anything I do.