This race was so much fun. There were probably three times as many runners as my first and as many more people cheering. Both of those things made a huge difference. Plus at any time you could distract yourself with trying to figure out what other people were dressed as. I also definitely felt that as runners we were supporting each other a lot. When we crossed Mile 12, the people I was near and I all started cheering and clapping and yelling “One mile left!!!!!” And that’s when you know, I’ve done 12, of course I can do one more!
But this race was also a lot harder. The course itself was more difficult because there were several hills, but I’ve been doing hill training every week so that didn’t bug me too much. Around mile 5 my left knee started hurting really badly. Every so often when I run it will twinge a little, but this was different. I had to stop and stretch several times and even after walking a bit it wouldn’t go away. Since the race was two 6.5 mile loops I decided to keep running and if the pain hadn’t stopped by the end of the loop, that I would quit. But I didn’t want to let my tumblrunners down!! Luckily it stopped in time and I was able to keep going.
Even with the stopping and walking, I ended up beating my first race time by five minutes! Woop woop!! However, due to some conspiracy on the part of the race organizers, I did NOT win the costume contest. LAME.
There are some pretty hilarious post-race photos of me, so I’m posting them next.