Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Richmond Half 2017

LogoThe Richmond race is a fun one! The course always has lots of support and activity along the way...DJ’s, bands, people with fun signs, families cheering, school cheer squads, neighborhood tailgating lol no shortage of reasons to smile, so I am very glad I was able to take part in the day. I wasn’t even close to running goal pace, but that has been a theme this year for sure. Every half marathon of 2017 has been pretty lackluster for me.

The Richmond Half was 2 weeks out from the marathon I ran and I guess I was not recovered enough to really kick it up.

Race morning I woke up and ate a small thing of yogurt and grapes and got ready...my stomach was rumbly which was a bit concerning. Without too much TMI...I went to the bathroom twice and started to feel alot better, I had high hopes. Hubby drove me downtown, which takes about 30 minutes and dropped me off a few blocks from the start line. My tummy started to fall out a few minutes before I got out of the car. Oh so rumbly 💩...luckily he dropped me right by a hotel, I slipped in the door and used the restroom once more. Geesh… really??! I did feel tons better though, and I darted up the street to check my bag full of warm clothes so I could hang out after the race. I took out my fleece head band right before I checked the bag.

It was nippy! My ears were the only thing really hurting, so I shoved it under my visor to keep my ears warm. It wasn't as cold as the forecast predicted, but I think about 28 degrees, anyway it felt much better once my ears were warm. Coach Holly told me to cut my sweatshirt up the middle and that tip makes it so much easier to take off later. There always seems to be a breeze that cuts through buildings downtown and the sweatshirt kept me nice and toasty :)

At the start area 

I apologize now for lifting the race photos, but they are pricey and I am not sure I need a memento from this race, but they do help tell the story.
I used the P.O.P. one more time before the race started and went with my wave...E. The race is huge, they are waves to K.

My legs were feeling pretty good, nothing was achy, just a little puffiness in the arch of foot from rolling, but I really thought my legs were ready to roll.

Off went the waves, there is always lots of  loud music and cheers, and the race start is always fun!

I wasn't running 5 minutes when I felt like I had to go potty again! Dang it 😲 🙈 I went 15 minutes before we started...I was hoping it would pass, but by mile 2 I had a hard pain right behind my belly button area and I knew I needed to stop and just go…

The pain was getting pretty intense and I wondered if I was going to make all 13 miles. I wasn't sure one potty stop could fix this odd pain in my belly, but I had to try. I hopped in the first P.O.P. that wasn’t busy. At that point I stopped my watch. When I came out I scrolled through my workouts, found my intervals,  and restarted my watch, which means my race is captured in two pieces.



I wasn't sure if the pain was going to subside and mentally I was feeling defeated...having to stop, having the stomach pain, and knowing my foot was not in great shape, it just didn’t seem like the day to try to push it and run all 13 miles without intervals.  My interval workout has a mile warm up, so I had to run another mile. 😌  When I got rolling again I took it very easy and luckily I started to feel really good. 
Check out my easy paced "first mile "

I finally relaxed and just ran along taking in the all the sights.

I think I shed my sweatshirt about mile 4. I drank Powerade at several stops, enjoyed the leaves in Bryan Park, enjoyed running, reading people's signs, and just clicked off the miles. 

Towards the end I tried to rally a little so I could come in under 2:20 but it wasn't quite enough…
I tried to pick up the pace! 

2:20:51 was my official time



After the race I went and picked up my checked bag and put on two dry shirts and a jacket. I was still cold and checked my app and it was 35 degrees out...brrrr, I headed up to find a good spot so I could watch Laura, Ariana, and Robyn come in.

I ended up standing next to a sweet little lady in a handsewn dress with the white apron on who had driven all the way up from Georgia (which is like 8 hours away by car) to cheer for a nephew. She was chatty and extremely sweet and she teared up with me as we watched some folks cross the finish line. She was telling me she thought she would be bored, but she was loving every minute.

There was a guy dragging his leg, clearly hurting but finished, a man pushing his full grown daughter in stroller, a few folks cried as they crossed the line, the guy that jumped across the line, her nephew who crushed his goal...it was all pretty exciting. Those sub 3 folks are some kind of superhuman life forms ...lol I can’t imagine what it feels like to be that good..at anything!

I anxiously waited to see Laura appear and watched in awe as she glided down the hill to crush her goal. She was looking pretty super human too! Her running looks so effortless...it was the theme for all three ladies...coming in looking strong and beautiful as they all broke through a new personal time barrier.  Heartwarming  💕
Laura

Ariana


Robyn
After Robyn finished I was so cold! I headed over and grabbed a piece of pizza and a banana and walked around Brown’s Island hoping to spot one of the ladies but I never saw anyone. My feet were soooo achy, and I was still cold even though I was moving, so I walked a few blocks away from the crowd so Kenny could pick me up.


I took the hottest shower ever and honestly, I think the best part of my day was watching everyone else run a personal best! Although, I was not thrilled with my how my day went, it is still another 13.1 and #19 is done!


While I am a bit sad Coach Holly and I didn't snag a great half marathon together, all that training was not in vain, it helped me to snag a marathon PR, and I learned lot of new ways to work on running fast! I appreciate all of Holly's guidance, knowledge, patience and friendship during this training cycle.

I am linking up with my awesome running gal pals! Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin
http://hohoruns.blogspot.com

Have you ever run Richmond?
Ever had a race of tummy issues that seemed endless?!
Adore the tracking apps available for big races?! ....I love them! especially the estimated finish time feature.
Tell me how your running is going?!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Karen 



25 comments:

  1. Congrats on your half! Finishing is definitely winning, especially after a full1

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    1. Thank you :) I have decided if i can finish smiling it is all okay!

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  2. Congrats on your half! I wonder what was up with your stomach! Have you ever had anything like that before? And I also wonder if two weeks was not enough recovery time. It's hard to tell.

    That lady you stood next to sounds fun. How cool she came up to cheer for her nephew and ended up liking it.

    Cool medal!

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    1. Thanks!! IDK...some mornings I feel unsettled like that but it feels kind of random, I had felt fine all week, just battling the common cold.
      I still am not feeling all the way recovered, muscles are fine but the tissues in my feet are tender. I really need a few days off I guess.
      The lady was very cute LOL I really enjoyed her company! and I not usually a social one :)

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  3. I ran a half marathon a few years ago on a very hot & humid morning, and my tummy was on fire then entire race. No accidents, but I felt like I was just on the verge of one huge explosion (TMI, sorry). In Vegas, my tummy troubles (fortunately) didn't happen until about an hour after the race....but, they were intense

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  4. Congrats on #19! I am sorry your belly was not cooperating. For as much as I go to the bathroom before a race (I will basically go every ten minutes until the start, not kidding!) I never had to do anything but pee during a race. It's nice you have Kenny to be your race chaufer. :) Now rest up and recover!

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    1. Thank you Megan :)
      I am trying to be patient- it is hard!
      That is good you haven't had the tummy issues on race day... it wasn't fun lol

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  5. Not a bad race for not feeling well. Funny, every race recap I read today was about a runner having tummy issues!
    I also like watching people at the finish line. You see so much emotional stuff!

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    1. Thank you :)
      The finish line was very emotional! I enjoyed it so much

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  6. I hope you've cut yourself some slack. You had a cold and were coming off a marathon finish. Goodness, Sista. Most of us would have been on the couch. LOL. So, I don't think your race was lackluster at all. It's cool you stayed and watched the others finishing the marathon. Rest up! You have another half soon! Thanks for linking!

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    1. Ha! Maybe I should have stayed on the couch lol
      Maybe this one next one, which should be the last one of the year will go better!
      Watching was a whole lotta fun :)

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  7. As you know, I'm a brand new member of the tummy issue club. Argh! I think you did great and it's wonderful you learned so much from having a coach. Congrats on a strong finish!

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  8. Being able to pick up the pace at the end is a sign of a very strong race! Too bad about the tummy issues in the beginning--worst feeling ever--but it was out of your control. You did awesome with what was in your control!

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    1. Thank you :)
      The end of race I was feeling a whole lot better! omg, stopping is so defeating I think it took me a bit to recover mentally.

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  9. I never use the tracking apps. I do better racing by pace & pretty much not worry about time. At least so far.

    I've been lucky, no stomach issues . . . yet.

    I know the mental part is so hard, though. So easy to get discouraged.

    I'm sorry you didn't have the half you wanted this year, but you PR'd a marathon! I still think running one is pretty darn awesome & you ought to be darn proud of yourself.

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    1. I hope you never have that kind of tummy day, it has happened to me a few times and it draining.
      It did take awhile to recover mentally from stopping.
      Thank you! I am thankful the marathon went so well, that will be my high point of 2017 :)

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  10. Congrats on finishing! Those tummy issues sound horrible. :( How fun to hang out at the end to see some of the marathoners finish, but I would have been FREEZING! lol

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    1. Thank you :)
      It was so cold after being all sweaty lol but I am so glad I hung in there!

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  11. So sorry about your tummy but great job on this race in general! Love that medal!!

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    1. Thank you Karen :)
      I am still glad I was there even if it wasn't a perfect day!

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  12. Great job! I've definitely been there with race day tummy troubles. Such a pain!

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    1. Thank you :) It is the worst when the tummy troubles strike!!

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  13. Congratulations on your half marathon!! That medal is so gorgeous!!

    Stomach issues are the WORST! Especially when running a race!!

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