Am I mad at myself? Yep.
How long am I going to let this make me mad? 12 hours.
Is this race going to make me give up? Nope, I am going to train that much harder because I WILL get sub 3 in Boston. I learned about some of my weaknesses and those WILL become my strengths
Did I learn anything? More than any other race (tomorrow’s post will be all about the lessons I learned).
I woke up at five (4.5 hours of sleep) and was so excited to run. Had a yummy b-fast and watched Modern Family in bed until it was time to get up. The race didn’t start until 9 so I had a lot of free time. I put my game face on and we left the condo at 7:50.
This was Megan’s first 1/2 marathon and SHE ROCKED IT!!!!! If you remember, this is my bff from high school that is a professional dancer and along with that now does running and tri’s. She has an awful cold and still got SUB 2!!!!!
Billy told me to do my squinty eye pose. Can you even tell if I have eyeballs or not?
Long story short, Google maps told us the park we were supposed to go to was in the wrong city. 40 minutes before the race we called the event center and realized we were in the wrong city and booked it to Washington City. To say I was a little stressed is an understatement. We hadn’t even picked up our bibs so I may have gone a little over the speed limit. No warm-up either. Because of the mix up the boy’s didn’t make it until after we started. So I had to carry keys, driver’s license and didn’t have the right shirt on. PS I also had to stop and tie my shoes twice and dropped my drivers license and had to run back 20 feet to get it. Boo.
Megan’s little boy came to cheer us on too….um, cutest little boy in the world. I am loving playing with him.
Don’t you just want to squeeze him? Uh oh, I think I am getting baby-hungry.
I am trying to stay positive but dang this course was hill city!!! The wind was out of control (20 mph) and my mental status was not good. I will talk more about this next week and what I am doing to CHANGE THAT. You live and learn right?!?!
Yes, the conditions were not the best but it was the best training conditions to prepare me for ANYTHING in Boston.
This guy and I kept passing each other but I beat him in the end, he was a sweetie and it was fun to talk to him after and he kept reminding me he was old enough to be my dad. Boo. He also kept drafting off of me ha, too bad he was half my size….otherwise I would have drafted off of him.
I kept my place the entire race except one guy passed me in the last 1/2 mile.
13.43 miles (.33 miles longer than a normal 1/2 marathon) in 1:32. They are saying they announced the times to be about 40 seconds slower than they actually were. So, according to my Garmin I did 13.1 in 1:29:30.
4th woman overall (1st place 1:25, her PR marathon is 2:47, 2nd place 1:29 and 3rd place 1:31). They said there was about 400 runners total. (Men and woman but I am not sure what place I was overall).
1st place in the 20-30 year old age group.
Gift Certificate to a running store:)
I WILL get a massage after every race from now on. My legs felt so fresh after. I felt bad because the guy had to sanitize the drool from the table after I was done.
Blogger Friends!!! JULIA and RACHELLE rocked and don’t they look stunningly beautiful after running a half-marathon!!!
Billy is such a good cheerleader and is helping me so much to get past this race and figure out how to grow from it. He calmed me down after the race and made me feel like I was Kara Goucher. Thank you Billy.
Why was I mad at myself? Because I let my mind tell me I wasn’t good enough. I know I could have given more. Better to learn how to deal with this now than at Boston.
Don’t worry I will reach my goals:)
After talking to my bro Dan he helped me feel a lot better too (if you can’t tell I get a little hard on myself). He reminded me that my first real race was only last April. I am a ROOKIE and women peak in their 30’s for endurance events. So, I just gotta keep getting first place in my age group right:)
Hope you are having an amazing weekend and sorry for the late posting. We don’t have internet so we had to hit up a Mickey D’s parking lot to mooch off of their free wi-fi:)
What has made your Saturday AMAZING?
-Being with friends and talking about running ALL. DAY. LONG. I really think I could talk about it all day. Plus, I met some readers at the race and that MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!! Oh, and Cafe Rio:)
How do you get past a bad race?
-Letting myself be upset for a lil’ bit and then taking the experience and transforming it to driving me to train harder.
What are you having/had for dinner tonight?
-Megan is making us some awesome chicken dish. Get excited for the recipe!!