This race could have been a disaster. I almost didn’t even start this race. But, I started and finished the race. I even got within a minute of my half marathon PR (personal record) again – frustrating!
I had been feeling bad all week. My stomach was good some days and HORRIBLE others. I was tired, stressed, and generally not feeling well.
I felt the worst on Saturday morning. I went to bed early Friday night and could barely get out of bed when my daughter woke up at 8am. Since my husband ignored me (he says he was sleeping and didn’t hear me – I beg to differ) when I asked him to get her, I reluctantly got up. I played with her for a little bit (she played and I laid on the sofa), fed her breakfast, and stared at my food trying to entice myself to eat. By the time breakfast was over all I wanted to do was crawl back in bed. My husband had joined us at the table and I told him there was no way I could make it to our daughter’s music class; he would have to take her alone. Luckily, he is a great father, once he is awake, and had no problem taking care of her all morning. The second he left the house I crawled back in bed and passed out. I NEVER do this. I never go back to bed 2 hours after I get up. Once I am up, I am up. This is when I really started dreading the race on Sunday.
After my 2 hour morning nap I felt better. I don’t know if my body was tired or if something else was going on but I wasn’t going to question it. My stomach wasn’t hurting too bad and I was actually hungry. I ate lunch, went to the bathroom, and felt even better! I told my husband I would watch our daughter for the rest of the day so he could hang out with one of his friends – I almost felt normal again.
By 10pm my stomach pain had gone and I decided I would set my alarm for the race and see how I felt in the morning. I gathered all my clothes and gear for the race and took out the Imodium. I knew there was no way I was going to run without my bathroom stopping pills Sunday.
When my alarm went off Sunday morning I was not 100% but I knew I could at least start the race. I knew the guys who would be in the SAG (“sagging behind”) wagon so if I couldn’t finish the race I at least knew who would be picking my pain in the but up!
Now onto the race report:
Sunday I completed the USA Fit Half Marathon, “Everyone’s Race”. This race has an 8 hour marathon time limit which is why it is “everyone’s race” – even walkers can officially cross the finish line and receive their well-deserved medal: )
All weekend I was hoping that the weather would cooperate for this race, unlike my first half marathon of the year. The race started at 7 am and the weather was in the mid 70′s, overcast and there was a light breeze. If the temperature was a little cooler it would have been perfect running weather, at least for the first half of the race. By the time I hit the 7th mile the cloud cover had gone and it was hot, sunny and the temperature had moved into the 80′s. The route was mostly through new residential neighborhoods which meant almost no tree cover (sadly they cut most of them down to build the communities). I ended up with slight sunburn from the race; something I never expected from a half marathon in January!
I started off the race with my running partner and we quickly picked up two other runners in the first mile. We were all keeping a great 11:50 minute pace (with 5 minute run and 1 minute walk intervals) but my running partner decided to slow down after the 4th mile. I ran the next two miles with the other runners but then they also decided to slow it down a bit. It was hot, my stomach was still cooperating, and I had no intention of slowing down. The faster I finished the race the faster I got out of the hot sun and could stop worrying if my stomach was going to but in the way (pun intended).
The last half of the race I ran alone and I loved every.single.minute of it! It was a small race and the second half of the route was decently quiet (very few spectators) so it was pretty much me and the road. I felt peaceful and relaxed. I felt like I used to when I ran before I got sick. I felt amazing.
When I got close to the finish line I started looking for my husband and daughter to cheer me in. I kept looking and looking and then I crossed the finish line. Once I receive my medal and looked at my watch I knew why they weren’t there – I told them I wouldn’t finish for another 15-30 minutes! They showed up a couple of minutes later and we had a great time at the after party. The three of us shared some Papa John’s pizza, chocolate chip cookies and even something a little healthy – a banana. I felt so good after the race that I even joined my husband Sunday night for a 3 mile run before dinner!
The finish line AFTER I crossed. My husband took the picture anticipating my arrival!
Finished. My 2nd half marathon in 2013!
Me, my running partner, and my daughter
Here are my stats from the race (age group 30-39):
6 mile split: place 117, time 1:10:04, 11:41 minutes/mile
7.1 mile split: place 59, time 1:14:59, 10:34 minutes/mile
Overall: place 85 (out of 193), time 2:25:13
The very TEXAS medal from the USA Fit Sugar Land Half Marathon and my almost full running plaque
Now the race plaque I just put up a few months ago is almost full! Any suggestions on what to do with my next set of medals and race bibs?!?