Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Race Recap - OBX Half Marathon

Saturday morning I was up bright and early to get Ashley up and ready for her cheerleading competition. We had to be in Knightdale by 8:00am (I am going to reserve my comments about the competition for another post...especially how poorly it was run for the second year in a row), so that meant leaving the house by 7:15am. I wanted Ashley to have a good breakfast, so I made scrambled eggs and cereal for her.

I stayed at the competition until after Ashley's squad performed. I headed out a little before noon and got Chick-fil-a on the road. After a 15 minute stop at a drawbridge, I was at the expo around 3:45pm. I met up with my roommates for the night, got my gear and shopped for about 2 seconds (got a fitness belt and a new hat) and we headed to the hotel to check in. After that was dinner at the Tomato Patch in Corolla, then back to the hotel for bed. I think we were in bed by 9:00pm, which was good considering we had the alarm set for 5:00am.

I did not sleep well which was expected. We were up and at the start by 6:30am for the 7:00am start. It was about 50 degrees, perfect weather. I was in shorts, short sleeved shirt, and my arm warmers. I tossed a sweatshirt at the start.

I really, really wanted 2:05. But I also decided I would see how I felt the first few miles. I am a wuss, this was my first race I was running by myself. My last two half marathons I did with friends and ran with them the entire time.

Mile 1 - 9:11
Mile 2 - 9:28
Mile 3 - 9:18
I felt pretty good through these miles, although by the end of mile 3, I was getting unexpectedly tired early. I decided to take my Gu. I also fought through some side stitches and I really need to figure those out.

Mile 4 - 9:30
Mile 5 - 9:23

I had decided after mile 3 not to look at my Garmin when it beeped after each mile. I just kept trucking.

Mile 6 - 9:29
Mile 7 - 9:34
Mile 8 - 9:45
I took another Gu here. One other note, I carried my little sprint handheld full of Gatorade. I was hoping it would help with side stitches as well.

Mile 9 - 9:48
I stopped at the water stop at mile 9 and had them fill up my handheld. Mile 9 was the bridge, the top of the bridge was mile 10. My stomach also growled at this point.

Mile 10 - 9:49
Bridge...enough said. At least I ran up the entire thing. I did look at my Garmin at the top of the bridge and saw where I was. I knew it was going to be close.

Mile 11 - 10:05
I actually have no idea why this mile was slower than all the rest. It was mainly downhill. I was struggling, but I should have run it faster.

Mile 12 - 9:35
That is more like it...

Mile 13 - 9:38
I knew the end was near....

Mile .2 - 2:01

And finally done, 2:06:38. I was thirsty and tired, but I had no pain anywhere. Well, except for my arm that was chafed from my shirt (I had other chafing but it didn't hurt at that point). I didn't want any of the food they offered (bananas, peanut butter sandwiches). I started to get cold, so we hopped on the shuttle back to our cars at the start.

And then I had the BEST BURGER ever at Five Guys. It was probably really good because I was starving at that point. And then I got in my van and drove 3.5 hours home. Not ideal, but I had to get home.

Next up...full marathon...I have 14 miles on deck for Saturday for my long run. From here on out are new distances...


Ann said...

Congrats on your PR! That is awesome. I hope to write my recap tonight if I can find the time. I need to get it down before it all leaves my head :P.

Carmen B. said...

I am so happy for you! Awesome time!

LMC said...

Congratulations! You did a great job!! You're gonna do great at the marathon too. Good luck with the 14 miler, you'll get it done, no doubt!

Tulsa Courthouse said...

its nice,keep it up.