I survived! I'm not sure how...but I did! I didn't prepare very well for this race. I did a few hill work outs before this race including a difficult hike up Bear Butte. But I should have been training them way before 3 weeks before. Oh well, I learned my lesson.
The weather was about as good as we could expect for June in Kentucky. It was rained the first hour which was good for cooling me off. This race has a history of being very hot so the rain was a welcome relief. The only bad thing is my shoes and socks were soaked which caused foot pain. Thankfully no blisters but it sure felt like I was getting them.
The first 4 miles were not as scary as I thought and I actually did better than I had imagined. I ran up hills! That is not something I do often...I hate hills. The big hill was worse than I had imagined but I still walked it faster than I thought I would. Yay! Once at the top I ran down the hill nonstop. It was amazing. Sadly my feet really started to hurt with the wet socks.
The rest of the race seemed flat (it wasn't) and I walked a lot of it because my feet hurt. Overall it was one of my worse halves but I don' care.
Half #28....State #21 done!