Some of the women ran the entire 3.1 miles, others walked the trail. Dayna jogged the entire time and I alternated between jogging and walking very fast, arms pumping me along when my body did not want to go any further. My halfway time was 24 minutes, 23 seconds, much better than I thought it would be!
The trail itself is beautiful. Kudzu blossoms scattered themselves over the trail giving us a carpet of flowers upon which to walk, their grape-like scent wafting up with each footstep. Sweet Autumn clematis tumbled over railings and bushes along side the trail making every turn a feast for the eyes. Rocky walls sweeping up the hillsides where trains would zoom past each and every day. Just beautiful. And the best part? No snakes! Boy, was I happy about that.
Dayna and I came in together, encouraging each other along by saying, "Come on! You can do it!" and, "Go, Dayna! You need to beat your older sister!" Our times? 48 minutes, 54 and 55 seconds respectively.
The most important thing for me was that I met the goals I had set for myself: 1. To finish and 2. To come in under an hour. The challenge of training every day for the past month paid off in a big way, I feel energized and proud of the fact that I was able to accomplish something I thought I never could do.
I cannot wait until next year!!