Here’s a recap of May 4th – a fun, fantastic, fueled-correctly day to run my second half marathon.
I laid everything out the day before. Seriously, I am more organized with my running clothes and nutrition than I am when we pack for vacations!!!
I had checked and rechecked the clothes I would be running in, made sure my iPhone was charged, had my heart rate monitor in my bag, along with extra clothes, extra nutrition, extra Nuun (electrolytes), extra gels – after all I am a mom, right?!!! So really all I had to do was get up at 4:00 AM and make breakfast to eat on the road and get dressed and off we went to pick up Debora, Amanda, Emmi, and Kari. Mike, my husband, was wonderful and was our chauffeur for the day.
We arrived and used the port-a-potties, but there is just something that makes you have to use them again before the race . . . nerves . . .
Amanda, Kari, Me, Debora, and Emily before the race
The race started at 7:45 . . . and we were off . . . woohoo!!!
This being only my second race ever . . . I freely allowed myself to move along with my adrenaline leading me well . . . meaning probably went out too fast!!
Debora and I had trained together so we ran together. I started the race very refreshed and ready to run after tapering my runs the past week and allowing my muscles to rest. Debora, being the wonderful mom that she is, started the run already tired from being on a school trip to Yosemite with her daughter and taking some great long, steep hikes!!! She gets an A-plus for being the best mom!!!!
We had already decided that we were going to run together, stop (if needed) together, cry together, finish together . . . we were in this together!!!
She was amazing for being as tired as she was. I must admit when she said she felt like she was ‘hitting the wall’ at mile 8, I thought, “No, surely not, this is way too soon,” forgetting that she started the run tired. But what a trooper - she just kept moving forward.
I had a goal in mind, but my main goal was to PR. My first half marathon I ran in 2:15 so I knew I wanted to run faster than that. I knew we could do it. Debora and I ran together – I enjoyed it and I think Debora would say she endured it!!
We crossed the finish line together both of us getting a PR!!!
I ran it in 2:13 . . . yay, a 2 minute PR for me . . .
Yay, we all finished!!! We are all winners!!!!
This half marathon was a totally different experience from my first one. I struggled during my first one, by mile 10 I was done and just counting the ever so slow miles as they went by, not feeling well when I finished.
This run I felt strong the whole distance and I really needed that boost. As a runner, there are good, bad, and just downright ugly runs. When you have too many bad runs it is most discouraging. I went into this race with a few too many discouraging runs and wondering why I am running. I am here to tell you it only takes one good, strong, happy, energetic, butt-kicking run to remind one why they run!!
After the race . . . ahhhhhhh!!
As I look back at my race, I am thankful -
Thankful to my long run friend, Debora, who got me through some difficult runs.
Thankful that we had the time to put into training, which made all the difference for this race.
Thankful for friends that I run with.
Thankful for the running community – such a great group of folks that are a bit crazy . . . about running!!
Thankful that I can run.
Thankful for this amazing body God has gifted me with!!
I am resting, mostly, this week and trying to be wise with my running, which doesn’t come easily for me.
I am signed up for two more races this year – Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 and the California International Marathon (CIM)
At this moment, I feel ready and excited to train for them and that they are doable . . . ask me in a couple of months and I might feel different, but for today I bask in a great half marathon and will cling to that for some time.
As always, I’m thankful for a God who is always with me, is ever faithful and always good!!!