|Keri and Megan|
|Megan, Keri and Darlynn|
|Megan and Gabe starting the race|
Mile 2. Our pace was perfect at 10:30M but nothing else was right. I had a shortage of breathe. I was feeling dizzy. Lord was it hot outside. I felt the urge to walk so soon and this really worried me.
Mile 3. I was slowing down and told Keri to go on without us. We saw Gabe's parents, I seriously thought about having them drive me to the halfway point. I was ready to quit AT MILE 3. I run 3 times a week and I haven't been this weak so early on since my first month running. Was it the allergy medicine I took the night before that was making me so dizzy? Was it the heat? Was it the sand? What is going on here!
Mile 4. We took frequent walk breaks. This is not normal for us this early on. Quite a few beach goers asked what we were running. I am sure it was an interesting sight to see all the Santa's running the beach. With our training, we usually don't walk until we get to mile 4. I knew something was officially wrong with me at this point.
Mile 5. Did I say I wanted to quit yet?
Mile 6. How did we get to Ormond by the Sea with red itchy sinking sand?
Mile 7-10. Who can I call to pick me up?
Mile 10. PUPPY!!!! My Mom and Gabe's parents waited for us to come back through and Mom dressed my dog Deezyl up to match me (notice there are no other runners anywhere around.....). This moment was the happiest I was all race. That and when Miss Piggy's version of Santa Baby came through on my playlist.
Mile 13, I find my friend and old roommate Tara who was sent out by Keri and Jeff for a search and rescue mission. They were concerned when the THREE HOUR mark passed and I hadn't crossed the finish line yet. Speaking of, the cop who was directing traffic along A1A quit his duty right when I got there. I heard him tell the volunteer that our safety was on her hands. Not only was I past three hours but we had to wait an additional 3 minutes before we could cross the street to the finish line. This upset me a little being there were at least 50 people behind me. A1A is a very busy street.
|Crossing the finish line with my doggy|
|Team Reindeer: Deezyl, Megan and Keri|
|Jeff, Keri, Megan and Gabe|