There have been a few things that have been exceptionally hard to deal with while Hubs is gone. One of the most significant moments? Racing. You see, hubs, as of recently has decided he enjoys running with me so we’ve been racing together. But when he doesn’t race with me he’s always there – at the start line, along the course and most importantly, the finish.
So I get a lil emotional at the start line. And Saturday was no different.
So I left the house at 6:38a – about ten-15 minutes later than I had originally planned. Would have made it there in no time, but the clock said 7:05a when I finally got parked. Holy slow moving batman!
The gun which should have gone off at 7a, finally went off at 7:18 or so.
I decided, due to my ehhh training (well more my long runs or lack there of – the longest distance I ran (by accident really) was the 10k …. whoops?
I knew, based on the National Half in the spring when I got injured three weeks before the race, was uncertain I could run it and had ran about 8 miles, that I could finish. So I decided to do what everyone says you shouldn’t. Change my entire training the day of the race – I decided to give intervals (walk/run) I ran the first mile to warm up, then ran 5 minutes and walked 1. I was shooting for sub 11:00/mi pace when running which worked out for most of the race – until the bridge but I’ll get to that.
The course was beautiful. I love running through downtown Annapolis, though the first couple of miles were around the Naval Academy stadium which was…mildly hilly. Then we went to downtown – running down an empty Main Street was GORGEOUS.
Main Street – a little over exposed (silly iPhone camera – apparently with my cover it doesn’t take great pics)
Then we headed up over the Naval Academy bridge where I met up with my pal Jenn (who I missed at the start). She passed on by (thank god for that one minute of walking up the hill). Saw my fabulous lululemon gals – man their spirit is contagious. I am reminded whenever I see them that forever, I will have a family in this town.
We went up to the head of the B&A trail where it was a bit narrow running – about two people per side for the out and back which made for some slow running. My running pace by this point was down to about 11:00-12:00/mi – my hips were achy but at least my knees were okay. Hips were the worst.
We then headed to the downhill back up on over the bridge. I was a bit confused by this point since after coming out of the trail we had the 10 mile point and shortly after they had a volunteer who said 10.5 miles down…which confused me because I knew something was off up at mile 2 when they said “Mile 2! when we turned down Rowe Blvd, and my Garmin said 1.8 miles. But there were no mile markers! Anywhere! Major let down. I loathe races where there are no mile markers especially my garmin is saying something so different than the volunteers.
By the time we got to the bridge I saw my lulu ladies again which was the kick I needed to finish strong. My pal Becca ran with me for 100′ or so – she was supposed to race but hurt her knee on a training run – major bummer. As she headed back to the cheer section she smacked my bum really hard – pretty sure she left a hand print but the dude running behind me got a nice chuckle.
We finished up about a mile and a half later. Though the finish was rather anti-climatic and about .3 mile short.
Garmin at the finish. Though I forgot to stop it right at the finish. 12.78 miles? According to the facebook page a lot of people with GPS’s got this yet people with Nike+ got 13.1 – I haven’t trusted Nike+ since I ran Marine Corps marathon and it told me at mile 21 “Congratulations! You just finished a marathon!” when I still had 5 miles left. Someone forgot to calibrate their nike+/gps before measuring the course!
Official time: 2:29:05
Which was not a PR by any means but I wasn’t expecting a PR when I got to the starting line however, I did learn that the 5/1 interval is definitely something I will be trying again and will be incorporating into my training for my next half marathon. The hills just killed my time. Badly.
However, it was awesome seeing these guys at the finish:
Now to find half marathon #4! Am thinking Country Music Half in Nashville? Would love to get a race or two in in Texas in the late winter with hubs (he told me to start looking for races out there! or one here in Annapolis while he’s home) also, Cooper River Bridge 10k in Charleston in April for my birfday.
Any other races I should run??