But for whatever reason, I've personally always liked the idea of trying to run [I supposed jog is the more appropriate adjective in my case] an entire race without stopping. And to date I had been successful on doing so in my half marathons. I would say I had successfully reached this goal in all my races to date, but some stomach problems and one particularly humid day got the better of me...but I feel differently about extenuating circumstances such as those than I do about lack of fitness level.
I also broke my personal record for slowest half marathon. Ah...what a weekend of firsts!
What can I say, though? The longest run I did was just 8 miles four weeks before the race...you reap what you sow, and 13.1 miles is kinda far to phone in (Lesson #1).
Needless to say I knew the race was going to be tough and not doable, but it was still disheartening. Part of me felt like maybe there would be some sliver of hope that I would feel really good and make it until mile 10 in not too bad of shape and then be able to scrap up a slow 5k at the end, but I just couldn't get there.
By the time I got around to finish up cooking on Friday night Jen was already getting to my apartment from her delayed Bolt Bus. By the time we ate said cooking and got to bed it was midnight. Lesson #2: Don't go to bed at midnight for a race you need to wake up for at 5AM. Getting such little sleep may cause you to do dumb things like forget to bring breakfast with you to the race. Thanks, Jen, for sharing your English muffin and peanut butter!! :)
|Post 5AM wake-up....Pre 13.1 mile journey....not sure which of those two things was worse :)|
Other gems of wisdom include: Lesson #4 Don't sign up for a race that's around a time when you have a major life event [like moving] scheduled [although to be fair, the bed bug scare would have been a little hard to predict] and Lesson #5 Don't sign up for a race that's a time of year likely to have weather that you don't like to exercise in [I definitely voted for preferring cold weather workouts here, but I needn't complain further about the race temps, which weren't as bad as they could have been].
Anyway, this race obviously wasn't the one for me, but...the post race R&R was pretty great. In fact, I'll go ahead and say that from the last .25 miles of the race onward was great - ha! It was really fun running towards the giant ferris wheel and finishing the race on the boardwalk (well, once we made it up the ramp, anyway) - very motivating for a sprint to the end! Jen was cheering for me at the finish line, which also helped!
|Kathleen ran her first half and Jen turned in a pretty impressive race despite our lack of sleep and a GIANT bruise that was causing her pain with each step - way to go, girls!|
|Mmmm....Post Race Refueling!|
|Jen actually did '"ice down" in the ocean for a few minutes, but I was too chicken...that water was COLD|
|Compression Socks, Bud Light Lime, and a view of Central Park....ah....|
(maybe we should get one of these for the balcony?)
I think that about sums up my fiasco of a weekend, but all in, I'd say it was still pretty fun because of all of the great girls who I knew running the race. Thanks, ladies, and congratulations to all who raced this weekend!