This is my third year running this race and I do NOT like the course. It is one of the harder courses around my area, lots and lots of hills and not just little ones. I really thought I was going to be ready for it today, the only day I ran this week was Thursday so I knew I was well rested. But today, today I justwasn't feeling it. And it started when my alarm went off.....I did not want to get up and didn't allow myself time enough to get up and get myself prepared ~ thank goodness I already had my outfit picked out! Today was the first race in the local "Serres" that my friends and I participate in for over a month so I was glad to see everyone. The weather was overcast and felt good standing out waiting to start, it usually seems to be terribly hot at this race and there seemed to be low turnout of people which is not normally the case either. For some reason some people thought the race started at 9am instead of 8 so they decided to delay the start time about 15mins, by the time we did finally take off I felt tired and ready to go back to bed!! I just wasn't feeling it. That good feeling weather quickly became Holy Cow its humid and hard to breathe, my legs felt very heavy and for what ever reason my arms felt heavy. I just wasn't feeling it. I was able to stay with Sheri until about half way point then I started slowing down, I started to have drainage in my throat and really felt like I couldn't breathe! For the first time in a LONG time I walked a few steps! UGGHHHH!!!!! And not just once but three times ~ UGGHHHH!!!! But they were quick little catch my breathe couple of steps up the hills steps. A young little boy got right in front of me and he had a good pace so I paced myself off of him ~ thanks little buddy:) I was never so happy to make the final turn and know it was the final turn. I have been trying to have nice strong sprint like finishes, didn't think I would today but actually I did, at least that's what I heard someone say on the side lines as I came through. I have never received a medal at this race before so that was my main goal today. When I had the walking moments I thought well I probably shot that goal but surprisingly I was 2nd (27:40) and Sheri was 1st ~ HOORAY FOR US!!! Even though I just wasn't feeling it!