I got there with plenty of time to spare yesterday morning - easy to do when your start time is 8:55 - and I was very happy that it wasn't raining. I picked up my packet, stashed my extra belongings in my car, and then hung around and waited while the half marathoners took off.
|All smiles before the start.|
|The point where things changed...|
|This wasn't the worst hill or mud...I wouldn't have been able to stop for a picture at that point.|
|Getting closer to the top.|
|My view from the top.|
I have to say that this was by far the toughest event I have ever done. The steepness of the hill combined with the mud made it a brutal course. But for some reason I couldn't get the smile off my face the entire time. I had plenty of times when I'd think, "This is brutal," but my thoughts never ran to the negative place of "This sucks." I really enjoyed myself - I liked that it was hard, and that I never felt like giving up. I didn't get hung up on my time or how long it was taking me. I was just grateful to be out there participating.
I think this was the perfect way for me to end 2012.