That's when I realized I was standing amidst the hundreds of people in line for the port-a-potties.
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I casually made my way over to the starting line and we were off!
The first 8 miles or so were breezy. I hit a bit of a wall at around the 9th mile but fortunately that's was where my family was waiting. Zach actually ran with me a few blocks and that was a huge boost.
The next couple of miles were pretty intense but I fought the urge to walk. The eleventh mile was a steady incline to South Temple where we turned for the last mile to the finish line. I ran the entire incline without stopping which boosted my confidence a TON.
At this point, with 1 mile to go, something changed. A really amazing song began playing on my Ipod and I felt a physical shift in my body, like a flip of a switch - AN ENERGY SWITCH. I felt amazing. I felt like I could run for 5 more miles. I felt like I wanted to finish this race with style.
So I began speeding up. First I passed a couple of bigger girls taking the slow and steady route. Then I passed a girl who lets just say looked WAY better than me in her tiny running shorts. I don't know why but passing someone who looks like they should be passing you was a huge rush. I started pushing myself faster and faster. And when I rounded the corner to the Gateway I really turned on the speed. With a couple of blocks to go, amidst the screaming spectators (who I imagined were screaming for me) I pushed myself to the limit and blew past a whole bunch of runners, crossing the finish line at full speed.
That moment was worth EVERY minute of training the past few months. The confidence I now have in myself eclipses so much of the self-doubt I felt before the race. When I started the training I knew I could make it to the finish line but only because I knew other people had done it. Now I really feel like this was a personal accomplishment. I did it! And now I can't wait for the next one.