After a difficult week of not feeling great I showed up for this race and gave it everything I had. It was fun to start in Wave 1 with Zarya. I was strong but not overly fast up to Hydro and through the W’s. I hit all of my racing goals up to Barr Camp but then I lost some steam. I died a bit on that next 3-mile section. This was the only section that I didn’t train on over the summer. It was also the most difficult mentally to get through. I tried really hard to keep up with some of the other runners from my group that ended up passing me on this section, but it was all I could do to keep moving, even if that meant hiking fast. I recovered a bit when I hit A-frame and tried to run more than I did the previous 3 miles. I never stopped and tried to run as many runnable sections that I could. During the last half mile, I literally told myself to put one foot in front of the other. I was so grateful for Mike and Madeline who came to the top to cheer me on. I was also grateful for the many amazing friends at Striders who I was able to train with and who all did an amazing job!