With an acceptable blood sugar I was ready for the race to begin, after my warmup mile I stretched and went in to Oscar the Grouch mode. I didn't want to talk to anyone I just wanted to get in my zone so I was ready to run when the race began. I can only imagine what people thought as I stood there with the angriest look on my face. (I'm weird, I know) As the race began I felt great, I was able to work my thru the crowd of 2,700 runners and get in to my running groove. All week I knew that the first mile would be the toughest and that it could take almost ten minutes to complete due to the number of people, I was very happy to see 7:41 as I completed mile one. For the next seven miles things went well, nothing exciting I just got in to my zone and enjoyed where I was. Mile eight the realness of what I was doing hit me, keeping my brain shut off for ten miles would be impossible. Mile eight everything hit me, from the people that I have lost this year to personal items in my life. The water works turned on however when I got an odd sharp pain in my shoulder, just five years ago I was left for dead by a doctor. Running a ten mile race is nothing big but for me after almost losing everything I could've never imagined being in a race like this. As I approached the finish all I wanted was to hug and kiss my wife, I know she hates when I say this but if it wasn't for her I wouldn't be doing any of the things that I'm doing today. Seeing a time of 1:23:33 at the finish was annoying I wanted under 1:20:00 but I was just happy to run with no problems.
Seeing Leanne at the finish made the race for me, I was shocked when she told me that she had seen me three times while I was running, I was in such a zone I think this guy could've been in the crowd and I wouldn't have noticed. After talking about the race and how I felt it was time to celebrate with a little fried dough, my blood sugar was at 113 I was happy to spoil myself a little. I did drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods before doing so, restoring nutrients I lost was my top priority before getting some bad food. I took six units of insulin post race, two hours after the race I was at 129. The beginning of the race diabetes wise was not very good but post race I hit a home run!!