First off, I actually slept well last night. We started off with a pre-race dinner, and then I tried to keep it business as usual at home. I think in the past I've tried too hard to go to bed too early, so I end up flopping around like a fish for hours. (I have to say it also helped that Brian came to bed late, since he was watching the KSU game.) Here is a dinner pic with part of our time. Such an inspiring group of men and women.
This morning I was up around 5:30. It wasn't my intended time, but I decided when I woke around that time that I wasn't going to just lay around and be nervous for the next 45 minutes, so I got up and going.
We headed to the Intrust Bank Arena at 7:30, and as usual, I brought my cheering section. (I really depend on them.) Today's section was small but mighty!, as part of my fan club is out of town, and another member missed her alarm. They always make me smile, and it means the world to have their constant support.
Here is a portion of the team before the race.
They started us in 10 second intervals, so I started at 8:49:40. Just before the race (like literally a minute before), we were thrown a small loop. One of the race attendants explained the course, and turned out we would be running 9 laps around the arena instead of my expected 6. No problem. Off we went.
Here is a video of me finishing the race. (That guy was determined to blow past me in the end!) And for the laughable moment of the race, you may notice my hands on my hips right after I crossed the finish line... wardrobe malfunction... my shorts (that I bought less than a month ago) were too big, and kept falling off my hips, so I had to keep pulling them up. I know that's where I lost my time ;)
I ended up finishing in 21:57 (at least that's my unofficial time from my stopwatch). It took me a couple of minutes longer than I expected, but I ran the entire race, and I DID THE BEST THAT I KNOW I COULD. I ran strong. I did what I could, and I am entirely happy with that.
Way to go Team "Steppin' It Up!" Here's to "Doin' More" in 2010!