I really wanted to get this up sooner, but this week has been the busiest one in a long time. It’s going to be like this for the next few weeks, until after a huge event we are doing at work, wah.
So! Onto the race recap! How I got halfie medal #8:
Saturday night I carbo-loaded like it was going out of style with some whole wheat pasta and multigrain bread ( this is why I run …hah). I got to bed a little later than I wanted, around 11:30pm, and my alarm went off at 5:30am. I was planning to snooze it a few times, but pre-race nerves got the best of me and I was up in no time.
For breakfast I had a 1/2 cup of oats, a 1/2 cup of liquid egg whites, and a whole banana mashed in the oats. I was so not hungry at that time, but I threw it back anyway along with a 1/2 litre of water.
I checked the weather forecast and saw that they were 100% calling for rain. I decided to go back on my plan to wear my new Vibrams , and instead I bandaged up my feet and toes like cray, and wore the old pair full of holes.
We left the house around 7am and it was POURRRING rain. I was not excited. Some traffic and a port-a-potty stop later, and I was at the start line. I got in my coral and got PUMPED UP. The rain had lightened up a bit I was really excited to race!
Before the race I had kind of decided I wanted to try for a negative split (meaning I wanted to run the 2nd half of the race faster than the 1st half) so I started the race nice and easy at a comfortable pace, planning to kick it up a notch at the 10km point or so.
After the first 6km I decided to take the first of four SaltStick capsules I was planning to take during the race . I pulled out my zip-lock baggie with the capsules inside and ripped it open…a little too enthusiastically, because all but 1 capsule ended up on the road. Hah, woops. So much for that review this week.
At kilometer 7 I saw my awesome cheering squad! My 3 sisters, Jess, Laurel and Natalie + my brother-in-law Alex + Laurel’s boyfriend Rob (Josh was studying), gave me a boost of energy for the next few kilometres!
I was trekking along, feeling good, and I passed the 10km mark at 55:52. I had a gel pack and kept on my way, picking up the pace.
By kilometre 16 my feet were throbbing and I was starting to lose steam, but keeping a good pace. I saw my cheering squad once again and tossed my CamelBak to lose the extra weight. I also threw back my 3rd and final Carb Boom gel.
The last 4-5km were completely mental. I totally zoned out and talked to myself the entire time, sometimes out loud. Yes I’m a weirdo, hah. I told myself this was what I had trained for, the hard part. If it was going to stay easy, I wouldn’t have bothered with it. I reminded myself to keep my mind strong to keep my body feeling the same.
Keeping an eye on my watch I knew that a PR was possible, but I would have to pick up the pace a bit more to do it. My big toe on my left foot was THROBBING and I knew that I had some major blister action going on. I kept running strong anyway.
But alas, by kilometre 19 I had to accept that I wasn’t going to PR. I was, however, going to run a respectable sub 2-hour time. I motored on and crossed the finish line. I stopped my watch (eventually) and it read 1:56:50. As I hobbled through the chute, I was unable to put weight on my big toe, but I was thrilled to be done!
I later realized that my Garmin had TRIPPED OUTTT during the race and actually stopped timing at some point for a short period of time, just long enough to throw me completely off my time estimate. In the end my official chip time was actually 1:57:19. A little disappointing but not bad, it was still my second fastest half marathon time ever! I was only off my PR 1 minute and 55 seconds. I’ll take it! Especially with these battle wounds:
This has never happened to me before! I think it was because of the rain. Bleh. After the race I met up with my sisters and co. and we went for lunch! My not-so-nutrient dense post-race meal consisted of…pure cheese.
I ate about 1/3 of this because I wanted to move on to bigger and better things aka. FROYO. I swear these is some froyo underneath all of the peanut butter toppings…
So I now realize that I held back too much in the first half of the race. I think if had stuck to the pace I originally planned I would have hit a PR. That being said, I am already registered for another half on November 4th so I will just have to try again! I took it really easy this week (two small easy workouts) and I think I’ll go for a small run this weekend. Then I’ll redo my last two weeks of race training from my last schedule to get prepare to race all over again. Wee!