Hey there! How is everyone? I’m surprisingly doing really well! My leg and knee feel pretty great considering I ran a 10k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday, and then taught Group Step yesterday. Luckily I had a sub for my class tonight so I could have a rest day.
Anyways, back to the race recap. This could be long, so I apologize in advance. I get excited about race recaps and I’m going to do my best!
The last I left off I was just crossing the start line. I knew J and C couldn’t be far since they hadn’t left me long before the start but I really had no idea. About a mile into the race I peeled off my long sleeve shirt and held onto it to pass off to J. I kept scanning the crowd and luckily saw them about a quarter mile later. I know a lot of people throw their shirts away, but I worked hard for that race shirt! I don’t care how old it is.
Check out how congested the race was. It was like this the ENTIRE time!
I was still feeling out my stomach at this point to see how hard I could push myself. I didn’t really explain in my post yesterday, but I have digestive issues. It has taken me the past 6 to 8 months to realize that I need digestive enzymes (a topic for another day). Well, last week I ran out of my pills and didn’t replace them until 3 days had passed. Things have been going so well the past month or so that I just figured I’d be fine without them until I got my butt to the pharmacy. Dumb move on my part. Lesson learned.
I had no idea when I’d see J or C again so I tried to ignore the rock in my stomach and just enjoy myself. I like running races that I’ve never run before because it makes the time go by so much faster. There’s so much to see!
The first 6 miles or so I felt like I was being passed left and right. I kept looking at my watch to see if I was lagging, but I was running in the low 9′s, which is a good pace for me. I couldn’t figure it out! My only explanation is that I should have been in Corral 3 instead of 2. So instead of feeling sorry for myself I used them for motivation!
My stomach cramped up real bad at mile 6, so I decided to start taking Gatorade at the water stops.
It was total chaos! But at this point I really didn’t care so I elbowed my way through to the volunteers. I’m not kidding you, I can still taste this Gatorade. Hands down, the BEST Gatorade I’ve ever had. I don’t usually like Gatorade so I must have been really dehydrated!!
I pulled out my phone right around this point and J had just texted me to say they were around mile 6.75. My heart did a little flutter because I knew that was right around the corner since I had just passed the 6 mile marker. I was searching high and low for their bright green shirts (and even waved to someone I thought was him!), but kept getting let down. I passed the mile 7 marker and my heart sank. I was convinced I had missed them, and was almost in tears. I know this sounds dramatic, but their faces are seriously what get me through these long races. As I was just about to pull out my phone to see if I had for sure missed them, there they were!!
J had miscalculated and they were actually at mile 7.25 (not 6.75)! I yelled out “I Love You!” to C and the lady in the blue sports bra next to me said “That’s sweet. What a great relationship.” Made me smile.
After that I knew I was on my own til the finish. My splits were still in the low 9′s and I was surprising myself. I mean, my stomach was hard as a rock, bloated beyond belief, and I was running a good race!
That is, until the last 2 miles. I guess since Columbus knows their course is pretty flat, they decided to challenge the runners with 2 hills at the end of the race. The first started around mile 11.5 and the other around 12.75. The second was a killer! Luckily once we reached the top of that hill it was all downhill to the finish line!
I was so excited to see the boys with less than .2 to go!
See me in the middle fighting my way between the 2 blue shirts?
Official finish time? 2:03:50
Not bad for little to no training (which I DON’T recommend, btw).
Is it weird that after the race they were handing out bananas, but they were cutting them in half? Ew. I passed. Open, mushy bananas are not appealing to me.
My thoughts? It’s no wonder this course is great for wanna-be Boston Qualifiers. It’s fast and (mostly) flat! The volunteers and spectators are incredible. They just need to put some more time and thought into the expo and this will be a winner all around!
I’m curious to know that if my stomach had been 100% if I would have PR’d? I bet so. Bummer.
So, here’s another new tech shirt and medal for my wall. We’ve been working on an “inspirational wall” at the house – I can’t wait to show it off once it’s done!
I know this post is beyond long, but I wanted to share my mile splits:
- Mile 1 = 9:30
- Mile 2 = 9:21
- Mile 3 = 9:11
- Mile 4 = 9:25
- Mile 5 = 9:14
- Mile 6 = 9:07 (!!)
- Mile 7 = 9:28
- Mile 8 = 9:36
- Mile 9 = 9:11
- Mile 10 = 9:24
- Mile 11 = 9:29
- Mile 12 = 9:45 (Hill!)
- Mile 13 = 9:33
- Last .19 (yes, .19, not .10) = 8:25
You can’t say I’m not consistent, that’s for sure!
So, if you’re wondering, my stomach is almost back to 100%. I bet (hope) by tomorrow I’ll be back to normal.
Hope you enjoyed the recap (for those of you still reading)!
Have you ever slacked in training for a race or event? How did you do?