Where do I even begin!? So to follow up with my last post, the forecast showed that rain was coming in at 10am, so it was a “race the rain” type situation, but given that the race started at 6:30am, we were fine. The cold also decided to stand down and only give me a runny nose during the run — can’t complain about that. I think we were given THE BEST possible weather for a long run. There were times I wish I had a cap to block the sun, but it was a beautiful blue day, until the rain really did start to pour around 11am.
Due to pre-race jitters, I woke up at 4am and decided to calm my hungry stomach and eat 1/4 of a bagel, half a banana, and drink half a cup of coffee to take care of some “stuff” that I won’t mention — although runners know the deal. Calling a Lyft was a nightmare because rides were coming from the drop off spot and circling back but after cancelling 3 rides, I ended up with a ride with a 2x surge.
Props to Rock n Roll for always throwing such an organized race. Below is a snap of the corrals as the first few are released.
Hitting my stride did not take long at all — where it usually hits me at mile 3, today I found it within the first mile. It was the adrenaline rush for sure. You can see from the elevation map below that the first mile had a pretty nasty hill, then we continued having some ups and downs throughout.
The biggest one even had a “King/Queen of the Hill” challenge for the quickest time and even though I managed to jog up 80% of it, I had to capture this photo of everyone struggling up the hill. It was intense — I’ll have nightmares about it.
In the end, I did manage to run the entire race without walking, unless it was during water/Gatorade stroll, so I am beyond happy about that. I packed 2 bags of Honey Stingers and only ended up eating ~6/24 chews cuz I didn’t need it. When I signed up for the race, I chose a 2:20 finish, not really knowing what my training pace would end up at but going into today, I was aiming for 2:45 if my cold symptoms really hit me hard, or 2:30 if I was at full capacity….
Hit that goal by 36 seconds!!! Here I am getting cheered on by my husband, cousin (who finished at 2:04), and friends. You really couldn’t wipe that smile off my face around mile 11. I was in it!
It’s really amazing to see how much area you cover after a race is up! I was amazed by 8K last time but obviously 13.1 takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Congrats to all finishers! This was fun and rewarding, but I’m not quite ready to commit to another half marathon yet.
(Highly anticipated music post coming next)