My alarm went off at 3:45 to get up and get ready. I was already nervous so early in the morning. Then, I made the drive to Mesa to get on a school bus. I was on the second bus at 4:30 am. The bus dropped us off at the starting line where fir pits welcomed us. This was awesome because it 50 degrees F. I was wearing shorts and the warmth felt great!
Right at 7:00 am the gun went off and the over 1000 runners were off.
My official time was 2:19:40.5 and I was 24th in my age group. I felt great and I even could have done better but several times throughout the race I reminded myself that I was doing this race for fun. So, I walked some of it.
I only ended up with one blister on my middle toe on my right foot. I was happy to see that my feet were not disformed from the toe shoes.