|Clothing mountain at the start|
I had tried to pace myself in Toledo and that was a dismal failure, so I approached Cincinnati with the "whatever feels good" strategy. Somehow it worked! I was all too aware of my exhausted legs, but I was totally ok with it because the discomfort meant they were working and DOING something!
It was seriously hot - 64 at the start, mid 70s after an hour or so, and sunny. It was beautiful weather, but not ideal for running. My hydration strategy became "yes, please." After 18 miles I started drinking yellow Gatorade, which I despise, because I was sweating out salt and didn't have any salt packets to replenish it. Mile 19 I saw a man laying on the side of the road, receiving oxygen and iv fluids. If not for the Grace of God, that could have been me.
|Hey there Mr. Pig :) He was paper machie - I almost knocked him over!|
|I wasn't the only runner who brought Saturday's medals|
for a post-race photo
I didn't PR, but my second half was double +11, which is one of the closest splits I've done. My final time was 5:11 and change. I knew it was a matter of seconds whether or not I beat my Chicago time, and after looking up my Chicago time, I had beaten it by 30ish seconds, so this was my 4th best ever, and my best since November 2012.
It was a difference of less than 15 minutes from my Toledo time, but felt like a completely different experience, one that I was happy with. Given the winter and my resulting lackadaisical training, the heat and the sun, and the hills, I regard this one as a win!
After, I picked up my 4-way goodies and we lounged on the grass and ate and relaxed. Something seriously cool that I've never seen before was a table of volunteers with computers and receipt printers. They looked up my bib and instantly printed my time, including all the timing mat splits. By the time I was ready to go back to the car, there were still tons of people finishing so it was nice to stop and watch them. I don't often get to watch other finishers. When I looked at my photo proofs online, there was a woman on my heels the entire finishing way, but I never let her pass. Had I known she was that close, I would have finished a few seconds faster, knowing she was trying to pass me. As it was, I passed no fewer than 15 people in the last 0.2 miles.
|5 medals, 5 shirts, 3 posters, a tote bag, a plaque and a Skyline gift card that we used|
|L-R: 1-mile, 5k, marathon, 10k, 4-way challenge|
|Pretty decent consistency. I didn't fall apart!!!!!|