Rabbit Jeffrey's comment while easing some of my semi-ridiculous pre-race fears:
Me: Well, what if I shart myself.
Jeffrey: Welll, that would be awesome!
And onto the race itself...
In the photo below, I am the one floating next to Jeffrey. The first mile is a nice downhill.
I knew we had to to hold 5:45 pace to get me under 18. We went through the first mile in 5:32. All good.
At mile two Jeffrey started to pull ahead. Hang on. Hang on. Hang on. He did an awesome job of making me laugh, all while I concentrated on breathing. And seriously, if someone showed up to pace you in an awesome pink outfit - wouldn't it motivate you to dig deeper?! It did for me.
here, I'm working hard and Jeffrey is "jogging".
Done! I did not die. Or shart myself.
Thanks to Mauricio of ZeroD for some of the photos!