Freshly added to my small wall of medals. Honestly this year's #Seawheeze was nothing like I expected it would be. I went out there ready to beat my pace last year and run my heart out with my friend. I was having pain in my hip and back a few days before and tried my best to stretch it out but on the day of the race, the discomfort I was feeling after the first few miles was bad enough that my right leg was falling asleep. I ended up having to pull back and walk the last ten miles and came in a good 40 minutes after my time from last year. I spent most of the walk feeling down and like I wasn't really finishing it. When I was given my medal I felt like I hadn't earned it. My family and boyfriend kept telling me how proud they were of me and I smiled and thanked them but felt like crying the whole time. I'm still struggling with how I feel after the race but I decided today that I was ready to hang up my medal because even if it wasn't the way that I imagined it would be, I still finished that race. Whether I walked, ran, crawled, or limped, I made it to the finish line and I'm trying to remind myself that it's still something to be proud of. Thank you to everyone for being so supportive, to the race organizers for putting on such an amazing event, and to the welcoming community of athletes I got to share in this weekend.