Thanksgiving Point Half
Race start was 7am and luckily I only live about 10 min away. I still wanted to get up early and take my time getting ready. I hate feeling rushed. I woke up at 5:45am and tried to eat my pre race breakfast of crunchy peanut butter on wheat bread topped with banana. I was only able to choke down about half of it. It’s really hard for me to eat before 7am, does anyone else have that problem?
Don’t be jealous of the best looking toast you’ve ever seen. . .I kid.
I Finished getting ready and picked my neighbor up about 6:15am and set off down the road. It was a beautiful race morning. Perfect temps in the high 50’s. I wore a tank top, long sleeve shirt, and a jacket(over kill, yes) and ended just wearing the tank top. Right before the start I was able to get about half of a vanilla Gu down. I had never taken a Gu before a race or long run and I think it helped.
Here’s what I can remember from the miles:
I ran with my friend Kim for the first 2 miles. It felt good and we were keeping a slower steady pace. After miles 2 we split up(poor Kim had a horrible cold and still finished with a great time!She’s amazing!)
In these miles I was able to catch up to the 2 hour pacer. I always run better when I have a goal or feel like I’m chasing something, it kept my mind off running.
These miles were hard! So. many. hills. Did I mention most of the course was on a golf course? It was rolling hills and then smack at mile 9 (I think it was?) there was a straight up, run on your tip toes hill. I do not train on hills, at all. I run on my treadmill way too often and so these hills were a nice kick in my rear! I wouldn’t let myself walk though, I just wanted to finish and be done, even if that meant my run was a very slow jog. I took another half of a gel and that seemed to help from miles 7-10.
I am usually really strong the last 3 miles and look forward to picking up the pace. This wasn’t the case. I was tired, the up and down of the hills took a toll on my hamstrings. I ended up walking for a couple seconds at mile 11 and mile 12. The last .5 mile to the finish I started running into the walkers from the 5k. This was really hard for me because I was so tired and was trying to zone in on the finish and several people were walking together in a line and wouldn’t stay to one side. I even called out saying I was coming up on the left and no one moved. That was a bummer. I finished strong in 1:56. It’s not a personal best but I feel good about finishing under 2 hours.
I learned a lot during this race.
- Train on hills
- Train outside
- Mind over body is a powerful concept(more on that later)
I feel like I was challenged a lot during this race and I love to be challenged. I now know what I need to work on and train towards to become a better runner and isn’t that what running is about? It is for me. I loved having my family there and of course having my mom there! It was a really great day!