I have so much to say about my race, I am not sure where to begin!
I started writing it out and it was like an epic novel - I decided to try to bullet point my thoughts and not craft a tale. Nobody needs a novel, but it still toooo long! I apologize now LOL
Saturday I ran half marathon #11 I kind of recapped the rest of the week in my Friday post.
- Danville VA is about a 2 hour 20 minute drive from home
- I had to get up at 4:10 a.m. and aimed to leave at 4:45 a.m. I actually left at 4:55 a.m. but made it in plenty of time.
- Packet pick up 7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
- The race is held in the old riverfront area.
- Since I had two hours in the car, I drank one cup of coffee and 24 oz. with a Nuun tablet.
- I did a pit stop at Sheetz about 20 minutes from arrival so I could have a real bathroom.
- I have not been drinking much coffee the past month at all - I hoped the caffeine would give me a boost.
- When I got to Danville and tried to pull up the map of the start line my phone wouldn't work. Just spinning nothing would load! I was freaking out! I've been having this issue with my for awhile now, but it didn't work the entire time I was on the road. Annoying!
- I've run this race before, it was my 2nd half ever- it was 90 degrees that day, I got heat sick, stopped and was heaving for about 6 minutes behind a bush. I ran/walk to the finish in 2:36:59 I was in tears. The experience freaked me out so much, it took me a year to regain the nerve to run another half!
- They changed this course last year, so I knew the general area, but had no idea where the start line was. I figured I would look at the map when I got to the area. I just walked, (because my phone wouldn't work) hoping I would bump into someone, and finally I saw a runner LOL
- Turns out they moved the start line about three blocks down.
- This was half marathon #11
- Race start 8:00 a.m. started right on time!
- I used the restroom four times before the race started. UGH...this is why I usually only drink a sip or two pre-race. However, when race start is so late, it is hard to do that. My marathon start will be 8:00 a.m. ...practice :) Remember, I am not use to running in sun and daylight, so I have been practicing this more lately.
- It was about 55 degrees, cloudy, and the typical morning humidity. It felt pretty sweet :)
- It is a small race, 111 finishers. I was 83rd on the finishing order - it is a small speedy race :)
- The beginning is a little hilly and mile two has the biggest climb up.
- I set my watch for a 1 mile warm up and then 3 minutes run/ 40 seconds recovery
- When the first beep came I refused to walk because I was going up the big hill - it was a pride thing lol So I did my first interval about 25 minutes in.
- I had a stubborn moment where I just wanted to run it and see what happened. My feet were hurting quite a bit Thursday during my 10K run, but they were feeling better. I told myself it was stupid to push. I mean I am not in PR shape at all...just stick to the plan, Karen.
- I also heard Kristina's wise quote she sent to me - "If it is good enough for Jeff Galloway, it is good enough for me." These words inspired me to behave and stick with my interval plan.
- SO, I was running with nothing in my hands for the first time in five months. No need for a light! My lifelines I've leaned on all summer, my hydration pack, my handheld...all at home, I felt very odd. I wanted to try to survive with course support. I can't decide if I want to wear my pack marathon day! This was practice.
- Water stops were every two miles, most had Gatorade. One gel stop at mile 7
- I drank water from the first two stops, I was feeling yucky and it surprised me, it wasn't hot but I felt nausea just a bit. At the next stop I gulped Gatorade, two cups, and went easy and started to feel much better. I think plain water makes me feel bad!
- At all the stops I only took Gatorade after that and I felt much improved. (they had yellow Gatorade)
- I ate the one pack of Honey Stinger chews I brought with me. They are like gum drops! A win :) I may use these marathon day - only draw back, no caffeine in them.
- At the 10K point I was at 63 minutes. Not too bad, I really have not been running anything close to that pace until this week.
- Oh, before the race I had already run 20 miles during the week. I have never run a race with this kind of mileage on my legs! I hoped I would feel strong at the end and be able to pick it up a bit. Showing up and not being well rested felt really odd! Anyone, ever do this??
- The reality that my legs may feel heavy didn't dawn on me until I was driving to the race.
- My legs felt pretty good for most of the race, but no great burst at the end. I did skip the intervals the last mile, because my feet felt okay, but my pace just stayed fairly steady.
- Somewhere between mile 7 and 8 I got the urge to go potty...UGH! There are tiny little restroom building on the course. I ducked into the mens room ( ladies had a line) it took me about 50 seconds. Since I am not in PR shape, I decided I didn't want to be uncomfortable but crap! I hate losing time, even that little bit. I do not want to stop during my marathon, but I am getting worried it may be inevitable.
- I did try one squirt of the gel - ummmm, no. I just can't lol
- About mile 9 the humidity was feeling better, but the sun came out. Uh oh!! LOL I felt fine, but I didn't feel like I could push the pace, my back was heating up.
- The last stop at mile 12, I dumped cups of water down my back. It was about 65 degrees when I finished the race, so it was getting warm.
- I did not win an AG - I was 6th :) The old gals are fast!
- I feel good I went back and ran this event. I passed the spot where I was so sick and emotional a few years ago, and it felt good to be plugging along not having any real issues.
- The course changed a lot! They ran us through town some and then down to the river path. We even ran behind a shopping center...it wasn't scenic, but that is fine. I am just happy to have a lane to run in.
- Overall, I am happy with how the day went, and I feel good I could still go at a decent pace on tired legs. I am feeling more confident that I will cross the line on November 12th.
- Now just a 20 mile run to tackle and I can start tapering.
- My official time 2:13:31
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Do you ever use the water cups to splash your hands? I hate when my hands feel sticky- I did this a few times on the course.
Or pour water on your head or back?
Anyone feel my weak bladder pain?
Ever get so wigged out at a race that it caused you take a year off?
Anyone have crappy phone service like me?? My phone only works if there is wifi. I am so over Sprint.
Tell me if you raced!!