Sunday, August 21, 2011

Stomach Flu vs. Stadium

5k Stadium Challenge 2011

Everbank Field, Jacksonville, FL

Aug. 13, 2011


Sorry about the post delay.. I haven't had internet at my house for 2 weeks.

August 13th was a crazy day. Around 3pm that afternoon, I started feeling sick to my stomach. My race wasn't until 9:10 that evening so I didn't think too much about it. I started chugging the Pepto and sipping some Sprite. Around 7pm, I decided to run a mile to see how I felt. It felt alright...weak...but doable. So, off I went to the race!
I think I look a little pale..

Anyway, while I waited I struggled with the idea of starting. I felt horrible. Part of me was saying DON'T DO IT and the other part was saying YOU CAN DO IT- JUST SUCK IT UP. Its that whole angel/devil concept.

So, I did it.

It was fun! The first mile and a half was flat through the parking lot. Then it was 6 or 7 ramps up to the top of the stadium, 4 down, around the mezzinine, up 4 ramps, then all the way back down and onto the field, back out and done. They had music playing the whole time and Jaguars highlights playing on the jumbotron. I finished in 43:10 - 538th out of 1384 total finishers. I got my first medal!

After race stretch

And the final picture was taken shortly before the world starting turning black...
Needless to say, I walked very slowly to my sisters car. Unfortunately, I did not make it home without having to heave my upper body out of her car window and lose my Gatorade.

Oh well, such is life! On to the next!

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