A "take-it-from-me" piece of advice.
This is a quick shout-out to the awesome folks at Kathy Loper Events for putting together a beautiful experience at the San Dieguito Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk yesterday.
New uber-Associate, Garret Akerson (profile to come in approximately 80 days), introduced the run to me a few weeks ago and I was sold. Garret, his lovely wife Deeanne, and I ran in the half-marathon event. The first 9 miles of the course was almost a strict uphill, it was absolutely brutal. Garret caught his stride midway and finished near his stretch goal of 1 hour 43 minutes (he'll be forever haunted by the number 11 - inside joke, people). Deeanne apparently caught her stride when she woke up since she finished in 1 hour 39 minutes. That's one athletic couple!
As for your's truly, I finished in 2 hours 57. *blushes* I cruised through the first 10 miles in 1 hour 21 min but when I hit the 11th mile, my body locked up in cramps. It doesn't take a math wizard to figure out that it took me over an hour and a half to walk the last two miles. I have to say that my glycogen stores were depleted and I looked at the PowerBar PowerGel that smarter-than-me runners had with a lascivious envy I've never experienced before. And in a vintage Ally McBeal moment, I was fantasizing about swiping people's PowerBar Gel and running away with it. But I quickly realized that if I could run, then I wouldn't be needing the carbs anyway. It was a warped lesson in causation...
The last two miles were the most intense I've experienced as an athlete and were it not for the supportive people at Kathy Loper and for the community folks who came out of their homes to cheer us on, I wouldn't have finished. The course was gorgeous - it's one of those days that makes you realize why San Diego is called, "America's Finest City". It was brutal, my body is devastated today, and I'm hooked. Can't wait to do it again next year!
Lesson here folks: carbs are essential for your body to function.
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