I told myself I would not be disappointed with this race and there would only be a positive outcome, I even picked a reasonable finish time goal. Somehow that didn’t happen and although I am disappointed, I am being surprisingly positive and using it as a learning experience. Apparently after running multiple marathons, 1/2 marathons and any other race I can get my hands on, I am still learning.
Let’s start with the list of things that went wrong before the race:
- I went swimming and played football the day before and probably should have rested.
- I ate a bagel Saturday morning and then forgot/too busy to eat again until 7pm.
- I got almost no sleep on Saturday night. Ok, maybe 2 hours.
- I wasn’t hungry when I woke up Sunday morning so I didn’t eat breakfast (dummy)
- I took the bus to the start but it took forever and I had to pee. I got to the start 20 mins before the race start so I was stressed.
- Instead of warming up I had to stand in line to pee. (still perfecting that whole pee in the woods thing)
- I was nervous for no reason.
The race started and all I kept saying in my head was “don’t go out too fast, don’t go out too fast”. I still went out too fast but only for the first mile (7:10), I slowed it down after that and kept it that way for the next 7 miles. After 7 miles I started to realize my legs were a little more tired than normal but ignored it and took water, Gatorade or both at the water stops. There is a slight hill…ok its a hill at mile 9 but I have ran up it a 1000 times so I didn’t think it would be much of a problem. It was and slowed my pace down a lot but I kept going. By mile 10 I knew I was not going to finish in my goal time but was close so I kept pushing. The next 2 miles flew by and the finish line was getting close. As I rounded the corner, I passed the 13 mile mark, only .10 more to go, I could see the clock……. and then I started puking 😦 Didn’t expect it at all. Luckily it was just water and Gatorade (sorry TMI) but it sidelined me for what felt like 10 mins. In my head I was so disappointed, so close to the finish line. In reality it was probably only 3 mins, nonetheless, it was not fun.
Official Finish time: 1:51:25 an 8:30 pace.
Can you see the “gross I just puked all over the place” look on my face and the “so disappointed, who pukes that close to the finish line”?
It was probably a good thing I puked before the finish line because it was crowded at the finish and I probably would have yacked on someones toes.
Look at all these sweaty dirty runners pictured below. All finishers, All ballers. FTW
What went right with this race:
- I met some awesome new runners (runners are the nicest people ever…endorphines help).
- My old runner friends are awesome too. Love you all!
- I didn’t take my camera and still managed to get some awesome pictures thanks to Jay and Hermes.
- I puked and you can’t even tell in the pictures!
- I got my throw away shirt back after the race, even though I left it at the start. It was one of my favorites. (Thanks Jeff)
- I held the pace I wanted for a solid 7 miles
- “Ladies Choice” by Zac Efron from Hairspray is an awesome song to run to, especially followed by Black Eyed Peas “Pump It”. Don’t judge, my music selection is sweet…I swear.
- I puked and rallied? finished the race and then ran back to my car. (but wasn’t feeling up to running the 20 miles I had planned)
- I finished! And really that is all that should matter.
Next race is the Sandy Ridge Half Marathon this Sunday. I wasn’t planning on running it but I really need to get in a good half marathon and a 20 miler so this fits perfectly with my upcoming marathons. What doesn’t fit perfectly is the wedding I have to attend the night before and my little sister’s birthday party Sunday afternoon but I will deal.