I have been dealing with pain in my rib cage (i.e. shoulder and chest) for the past couple of months, and I told Craig that if the pain got substantially worse, I would stop. There was actually a helicopter on sight, so that anyone injured could be air-lifted to Spokane for medical attention. That's how in-the-middle-of-nowhere this race was. Lucky I didn't needed to be choppered out during the run! I ran the entire thing.
|Finishing up the race. The entire run was along the ravine of the snake river.|
The river was beautiful. However, entire race, the landscape didn't really change, except there were a few times where you would go around a corner of the ravine. Without significant landmarks, it was was more difficult to tell when I was getting close to finishing at the end. To push myself, I would just make a goal to make it around the corner.
The return trip, I must have had a tail-wind, which helped keep me going I think. Towards the end, my brain turned off a bit, in a way I don't normally experience. It was like all the blood was in my legs, and I was able to keep running at almost my normal pace, even when others around me had slowed down or started walking. I figure the no-thinking thing is probably how super-fast runners feel the entire race, when they're running like 6 or 7 minute miles. No blood to the brain.
Anyways, you can see from my splits that the miles 9-12 where a bit slower, (11:02-11:16) but thats only about 20-40 seconds off my fastest mile (10:39). I'm pretty happy with my official finish time, 2:24:58. I was quite a bit slower than my PR (2:12:44). However, I'm still rebounding from a case of runners-knee that I had October-December of last year, so I am hoping to get faster this spring, and I definitely improved from my December half, when I finished in 2:28:54!
|My split times. I don't think there was much change in elevation, so this seems wrong. Weird.|
|Happy after finishing. Although this is maybe 15 minutes after.|
The first 10 minutes after I wasn't smiling.
|3D Pancakes! aka ebelskivers or little balls of soft sugary goodness|