I have to pick up kids in about 10 minutes so this will be short.
I had a wonderful girls' weekend. I did not have a great race.
I had a cold that started on Thursday which culminated in a teeth-chattering fever 3 hours before I had to get ready for the race.
The race starts ridiculously early. The last bus leaves the resorts at 4 am and we are to be in our corals by 5 am. My coral crossed the start line at 6:10. We wake up at 2:45 to be ready to leave the hotel at 3:30. Insane, yes. Fun, heck yes.
My fever hit at midnight. I took 3 advil and prayed I'd be okay. I was, but obviously not 100%.
That's not all that made the race crappy. I registered for the race late, so even though I put a finishing time of 2:46 (you had to have proof of time from a previous race to get in an earlier coral), I ended up way back with the walkers.
Last year there were ~18,000 people in the race. Last year I was in coral D. Last year, even though there were a lot of people, I was able to easily run the whole time without being blocked by slower people in front of me.
This year there were 26,000 people. This year I was in coral F. This year I spent the entire race--the ENTIRE race--weaving between people. Not once did I have a clear path to just run. It's frustrating and exhausting to run a race like that. At mile 11, when it got congested again (path narrows many times when it's harder to dodge & weave), I just gave up and walked the last 2 miles. I knew I'd finish, I didn't care about my time, and I was sick and tired.
Even though the race was my worst experience ever, the experience was still fabulous.
And food was not an issue at all. Not once. I had no desire to eat sweets or over indulge. I am SO THANKFUL that I was abstinent for this thing. It made traveling easier, not harder. I'm grateful that, even though I'll always be a food addict, I do not have to eat like that any more.
I started an antibiotic when I got home last night. Called the doctor while I was still in Florida yesterday morning. I have a horrible cough and congestion. I am glad to be home.