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First half marathon in almost two years!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I needed a break from "training" so for the past couple of years, I have just been running for fun and not really training for anything. This was good for my soul and just what I needed.

I registered for this race before I had decided to run Ragnar but I felt that if I could run 25 miles in 24 hours, this half would be a piece of cake. It was nice never actually training for a race but sort of stressful as well because you kind of count on running those 12 milers to give you the confidence that you need.

On top of that, I hurt my peroneal tendon running with my dog 2 days after the Ragnar and took a full week off from running to help it heal. This was key, when you injure yourself, REST. That's all there is to it. I then ran a 4 miler and a 6 miler on the treadmill to test it out before the half and had no problems, so I decided to go ahead and move forward with the half. (I had decided if the foot still hurt I would drop to the 5k) luckily that didn't happen.

The day of the race we had perfect sunny weather and it was a cool 50 degrees for the 7:45 start. Perfect, I was cold waiting but knew I would feel good out there. I wore my Ragnar race shirt and my fuel belt (which I hadn't worn in a year). I had my Ipod and sport beans in the pouch and 2 canteens of NUUN sport drink. My fuel worked out perfectly.

Waiting in the corral for the race to start, I met a couple people who had also run ragnar began to chat me up (wearing this shirt would prove to be the best decision of the day). I wound up starting way too close to the start and I had people streaming by me for the first half mile. I knew I would pass most of them back later but it was still a bit disheartening to get passed up like this. I felt like I couldn't get my stride right and my head was not in the game. At mile 1 my Ipod fell out of my pocket and I had to stop and go back to get it (as a girl stepped on it, AWE MAN) but thankfully it didn't break and I was able to get it together.

After losing my Ipod I was really starting to think this race wasn't going to go well, I decided to change my own mind and not allow it to wander down this path. I started thinking "what a lucky girl I am to be able to do this, I am so lucky to be here" and I started feeling better.

I ran the next few miles conservatively, I was worried about my foot and about my "lack of training" which I think was silly for me but whatever. At mile 5 I took my sport beans for the first time with no issues. Mile 6 was my "low point". I felt like I was moving slow and felt tired and thinking "I wish I signed up for the 10K" haha, then I again redirected my thoughts and told myself how lucky I am and how happy I should be. I am so glad I did this because the rest of the race I felt good.

At mile 8 yoiu loop by the finish line and there were 2 different groupls of girls wearing Ragnar shirts and they both yelled "GO RAGNAR" at me as I passed, it felt so great to have a little cheering squad even though I didn't know them. It was at this point 2 years ago that I started feeling like crap, so these girls REALLY gave me the boost I needed to get over that mental hurdle.

At mile 10 I started remembering how at this point of the course I was walking alot right now 2 years ago. I was so thrilled to feel good and not miserable like I was the first time, I almost stared crying because I felt so good. lol

At mile 11 I decided to amp it up a bit since there were only 2 miles left and I was smiling and feeling strong. After we hit mile 13, two girls tried to burst and went flying by me, but I knew this course runs a bit long so I saved it... they both fizzled before we even got close to the end and I dropped the hammer and flew by them about .5 from the finish, I have never done that before but it felt great! lol

I wound up finishing with a 25+ minute course PR and an overall PR of 1:51:04

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