Okay I promised a full race recap and I plan to deliver!
Sunday was my second half marathon. I ran my first half marathon in May, it was an amazing life changing journey. Just to get to that point and to finish it felt surreal. I went into that race saying that I just wanted to run a half once, prove to myself that I could and I would be done.
Hours after that race that I started looking for another half marathon and found the Bass Pro Cohick 13.1. I signed up at the end of May, made a training plan to get me through summer and resumed half training mid August.
For the most part it seemed like race day would never arrive. I did my runs my miles increased but it felt so slow. Then October happened, which meant a crazy time warp, and before I knew it race day was here. Springfield is about an hour away so we decided to make a weekend of it and go up the day before.
Here I am at packet pick up, grinning like a newbie.
I went to bed “early” wanting to get a good nights rest. The joke was on me. I don’t think I have ever slept so poorly. Seriously guys I would be SHOCKED if I ended up with much more than 3 hours of sleep. I saw EVERY hour on the clock, some multiple times, it was terrible.
But we had a race to run!
We arrived at about 6:30 in the morning, found our pace leader and huddled like penguins. It was about 41 degrees but the wind chill knocked that down a bit more. I was surprised that it didn’t feel colder than it did though, so that was a huge blessing.
They also greeted us around mile 8.5. I look at this picture and think how fake I am being. I know there is no way I was feeling that happy, but there I am grinning away.
Shortly after this picture was taken I hit a wall. A terrible, awful wall called Jelly Belly Sport Beans, cotton mouth and a steady incline. The first two made for a bad combination add in the hill and it wasn’t good news. But I pushed through pretty easily when the hill ended and I was able to take a drink
Mental wall #2 came around mile 11. I was feeling tired and wanted to stop but again I was easily able to push through and keep moving. When I caught a glimpse of the mile marker #25 sign for the full marathon runners. I told myself to stop complaining.
Around mile 12, the sun popped out and it got hot fast. Only a mile left and with no end in sight I started to crumble.
I stopped to walk, the girls stopped with me. “Pick a spot to start running again” I told them. Anna picked a spot 5 feet away, I wanted to throw up. But she was pushing us to do something she knew we could do, so we would be left with no regrets.
A few minutes up the road I stop again, “Don’t stop” I told them. Not wanting to loose them I push through. Then a feeling hit me like I have never felt. My music started echoing in my ears, I felt sick and my head got really light. I stopped, we walked a few seconds picked the corner to start running and some cheerers said “Just two more turns and your there” That was all it took for me, I just needed to know exactly how far I had left to go. We took off.
And just like that
It was over.
I have never been so happy to sit down in my whole entire life. My legs were EXHAUSTED.
So how did I stack up
Finish time was a new PR 2:10:49 I kept saying 2:10 was my goal and technically I stayed in the 2:10 range.
Out of 1702 half runners I placed 735
Out of 1076 female half runners I placed 339
Out of 188 30-34 year old females I placed 64
I feel proud about those numbers.
Bass Pro you did not disappoint. Will I see you again next year?… who knows.
With half marathon #2 finished it is time to move on and set new goals. I am happy to say that for the first time in a year I am officially not half marathon training right now. My new schedule will be 3 runs a week the longest run being 6 miles. I plan to spend a lot of time doing HIIT and strength training and Lord willing I will resume half marathon training January 31st, 2015.
My next two half marathons
OKC Memorial April 26th, 2015
I am so thankful for the gift of running, the amazing friends I have made through running and the 630 miles I was able to run this year.
Over 550 of those were with this lady, I wouldn’t change a thing if I could.
Here is to 630 more!