My bike was checked in and I put all my stuff down, and headed over to the tent to listen to the instructions. OK, so I have to tell you a quick funny, my Mom bought me year pass to Okefenokee to ride my bike there, because she worries about me on the road. When she was paying they tell us, watch our for a BEAR, yes I said BEAR, around here. I was like thanks mom, now I wont get ran over, just mawed by a bear. Anyhow back to race, the man starts explaining instructions, I kinda lost attention, then I swear I heard watch for the MOUNTAIN LION!! I thought to myself WHAT!!!??? I stayed calm and really started focusing, then about 30 seconds later he said you will also see a disMOUNT LINE!!! PHEW, for a quick min I thought he had said that they had been seeing a mountain lion in the state park!!! Gotta love a country accent. I didn't tell anyone until after the race, but it was truly hilarious. Then we lined up to race, in the pictures, Alix and I got in the back, best strategy, right? A few pics to show you the crowd then they blew the horn. LET THE RACE BEGIN!!!
As I headed out on my second and final run, I was thinking I have almost did it!!! My legs felt like jello, my stomach under my ribs was cramping, my right knee felt funky and my right foot felt like I had let someone run over it with a truck. I started walking about the time I hit the road. When I looked at my watch I was making exceptional time to achieve my goal of 1hr and 45 minutes. So I walked almost the whole first mile, I was discouraged because my foot was in some kinda of pain and I seen people catching up to me that I passed miles ago on my bike. When I turned around at the 1 mile mark there were workers there cheering me "one more mile, you got this". I really needed that I picked it up to a jog, grabbed a cup of water and took off. I made it almost to the 1/2 mile left mark and began to walk. A young couple passed me and he said come on run it in with us, so I picked it up right behind them. At this point most of my cramping had went away it was more of a mental thing. I wanted it, but I could walk it out with a 500ft sprint at the end and achieve my goal. After all I counted 10 people who came from behind me and passed me. Then there was John he finished before me and came out to the fence to cheer me in. I am SOOOO thankful to him for pushing me! He saw how tired I was and started to yell "push it Megan, your almost there" "run Megan" in a very serious, stern voice. Every time I would slow down, I would hear him, I thought to myself its now or never leave it on the track!!!! I picked my pace up to a sprint and completed the race in 1:43:17. BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!!!! I had completed my last .5 of a mile in 3min and 14 seconds thanks to John!!!
When entering this race I debated between entering my age group or Athena (150+), I chose age group, to my surprise there was know one else entered in my age group, therefore I was able to take home the 1st place medal!!! YAY!!! Being the competitive person I am, I then scoped out the Athena's time and saw that I also would have came in first in the category, my conclusion> It was meant for me to get first, even if I was the only one in my age group!!
This truly was one of the best choices I have ever made. I have always wanted to do mutli sports, but with a 2 1/2 yr old and having not excercised other than softball, I didn't think it was possible. I started training for this event around the middle of the 3rd week in July. At that point I had only been working out "hard" for exactly 1 mth. To complete this race and start a new chapter in my life to fulfill a goal I have always dreamed of, but never saw it a reality, was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I give all glory to God, because its only through him that nothing is impossible Luke 1:37. My goals have now been raised, my immediate goals are to eat healthier and continue doing small multi sports event. My one year goal is to bust my butt and be the Overall Female at next years Heels and Wheels. My 5 year goal is to complete a full Iron man. This race was so inspiring and fun, as I was competing I would look around and see all the different diverse people. Each one was there for a different purpose, with a different plan and different challenge. This long entry was just a quick look into mine, I hope that you enjoyed reading, thanks for your support.
BTW- I have my first 5k this Saturday!!
Thanks again to my family and friends for all the support!!! A very special thank you to my parents for coming and supporting me, and for pictures!!!