Yesterday was a hot summer day and today I’m wearing boots and a rain coat. Oh September weather, you so cray.
HEY, let’s talk about the half marathon I ran yesterday, shall we?!
Courtesy of my mom’s iphone. I’m sure the official race photos will be beautiful as always....
Let’s go in chronological order from the expo:
-Mike and I went and picked up our race packets (and some expo goodies) Friday after work.
Mike measuring his calf for compression socks. He got himself his first pair of compression socks at the expo, wore them during the half, and LOVED them. He said it helped immensely with his shin splints. Power of compression!
-drank a truck load of water and ate a bunch of carbs Saturday
Garlic bread, chicken alfredo pasta, and a strawberry spinach salad.
-got up Sunday morning, did a 20 minute “yoga for runners” sequence
This sequence has REALLY helped us before and after runs. It’s the 20 minute beginner stretch for runners on the Yoga Studio App.
-got our race gear on
-took selfies (duh)
That was a solo activity for me
-and headed to the race! We got there LITERALLY just in time for the wheelchair racers to start. Parking was insanity! We ran through to find our starting group (no corrals, just big banners with estimated finishing times) and then we were off!
We planned on staying with the 2:15 pacer but since we got to the start line so late, we had to stop at the first aid station and use the bathrooms. We were a bit ahead of the 2:15 pacer when we went into the bathrooms (they do 10 mins run 1 min walk) but had no clue if they were behind us or had passed us when we got out. So we did our own thing!
We were maintaining a 9:45-9:50 pace for the first 6 miles and then I started to waver. I told Mike he could take off since he was feeling better than I was and he slowly started speeding up. Then I was all by myself...without music.
Yes, we had thought we would run together so we didn’t bring any music with us. It actually wasn’t bad! I liked talking to other people, listening to the cheers and music of the spectators, and basically just enjoyed being outside. In fact, we had done about 95% of our half training without music so it wasn’t too rough.
Best specator sign: "I trained for months to hold this sign"
Best spectators: the old couple sitting at the end of their driveway in the residential part of the course blasting Chariots of Fire from their car on repeat.
I walked through the aid station that was after mile 7 and realized I hadn’t taken my energy chews. WHOOPS! I took 3-4 from my package of Honey Stingers, plus two cups of water to wash it down. Instant energy! I felt so much better and kept running at a 9:55 pace.
Then it started to get HOT. I didn’t really feel it until mile 10 but oh MAN was I praying for a water station at every turn. I sucked back 2 cups of water and 1 cup of Gatorade at each water station I encountered and I still felt like it wasn’t enough. I hindsight, I should have worn our CamelBak. Oh well.
I took the remainder of my energy chews at mile 9 and 11 to help push me through the second half of the race, but my pace had fallen to 10-10:05. By mile 11 I was doing 10:15 and I felt like that was the best I could do. I was hot, the bottoms of my feet were hurting, and my hips were so sore. After a few minutes of complaining in my head and seriously debating if I would ever run another half again after this, I started to force myself to think positive thoughts.
“You can walk when it’s done”
“Just a little bit more, you can do it!”
“Don’t give up now, you’re so close!”
I hit mile 12, knew I wasn’t going to PR but knew I could still get in the 2:20s if I went for it, so I did! That last 1.1 mile was tough but it was the most satisfying. I started to talk to myself out loud like a crazy person to keep my motivation, rounded the corner to “Heartbreak Hump” (a hill you have to go up right before the finish line), and saw my parents, sister and Sadie! That gave me a little extra energy to try and “sprint” to the finish line. And by sprint, I mean trying to make my legs go faster without tripping over myself. If you’ve ever run a long distance and tried to sprint at the end, you know what feeling I’m talking about!
I heard the race announcer say my name, crossed the finish line with a big smile on my face, got my medal, and immediately saw Mike waiting right behind the medal giver. He had finished a few minutes before me and had hoped that I would catch up to him near the end but not such luck ;)
Cute tidbit from the race: I checked my phone when we got back to our car and saw a bunch of snapchat videos from Mike! He had his phone on him during the race and sent me some videos from when we separated :D
We loaded up on food, water, and Gatorade, found my family and Sadie for a post-race chat, then headed back to my parents’ place for a big breakfast.
Bacon, blueberies, and french toast...with PSLs from Starbucks, of course!
The rest of the day was spent resting, stretching, soaking in a hot tub, and eating. Best day ever.
Official race time:
73/161 for female 25-29 category
577/1117 for female category
Not the PR I was hoping for but it’s my second fastest time to date!
Mike’s official race time:
58/90 for male 25-29 category
504/694 for male category
Freaking awesome for his first half! Also, where are all the male runners at?!
I’m disappointed I didn’t PR but I’m not surprised. My training basically took a vacation the past month or so and I didn’t get all of the training runs in that I wanted. You get what you put into it and I clearly didn’t put in enough for a PR. I’m still proud of myself and I’m always amazed when I finish a half – I just ran for 2+ hours and survived. It still blows my mind.
Another important note: this is the least sore I’ve ever been after a half. I’ve also been doing more yoga than I ever have before....coincidence?
Who else raced this weekend? How did you do?
I’ll see you guys later this week with another post!
PS: Now that the half is over, this week is dedicated to yoga and Zumba prep! I start teaching next Monday and need song suggestions! What’s your go to pump up jam right now?