It happened. I was last...and lived to tell about it.
I started out the race at the back of the pack ("pack" being relative in a race of less than 50 participants), but not last. I made it up the big hill/half-way point with two ladies (and the SAG bike) behind me, but somehow they overtook me on the downhill. I was TRULY fine with being last, and the SAG gal kept checking on me. When I crossed the finish line, everyone clapped...which I needed...I was WIPED OUT! It was the HARDEST race I've done so far...temperature, terrain, and all.
I struggled most of the time, due to the fact that my RunKeeper pooped out on me about 13 minutes into the race (due to tree cover), and I had NO IDEA what my pace was. I just kept pushing...knowing they weren't going to close the course without me - the SAG girl was with me. My mom walked the last four blocks with me, and that was really fun. Anyway, I crossed the line, and they called out my time. I still didn't have a clue - because I keep track of my time per/mile, not overall. I ignored everyone while I whipped out my calculator...and started bawling. My time was 1:27 per mile faster than last month's race! NO WONDER I WAS WIPED! Not only did I finish with a great P.R., but they did awards by age group, sex, and walk vs. run. I placed third (even though I was last!) in my group! "Go, Chanda!"
Today, I headed down through the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, and decided to tackle another previous "I can't." I hiked clear to the top of the beautiful Multnomah Falls! 42 minutes to walk 1.25 miles at a very steep incline. The trip was well worth the reward of the beauty at the fall's headwaters. The trip down took a little longer, as I was concerned about rolling an ankle, twisting a knee, or another injury before my LONG race next weekend (8K).
What a monumental weekend! I keep adding things to my "I did it" list, and am so proud of what I've done in the six months post-op.
Being last doesn't kill...and I'm LIVING MY FIT DREAMS!