After hanging out with Ultramarathoners all day Saturday, a “half” seemed attainable, to say the least. It’s all about your perspective, right? Combine that with my brain knowing it could push through a marathon, and I felt mentally ready to tackle 13.1 miles again. Conclusion: I Survived!
D & I drove up the morning of, meaning it was another 4 a.m. wake up call. We got there with plenty of time to spare, and eventually met up with Anne and Ashley. All three of us were ready to RUN:
Water bottles, Camelback, race bibs and big smiles -check!
I signed up for this race a mere two weeks ago; needless to say, I had not “trained”. In fact, the longest distance I’ve done in two months was a 10-mile race at the end of April. My attitude – take it slow, remember there are HILLS, and drink lots of Water!
For whatever reason, G (aka my Garmin) decided it was an “off” day and stopped recording splits or HR around mile 4. AWESOME, right? Up until that point, I had seen “8:54, 8:29, 8:40-something” with my HR staying under “180”. When I looked down to see a blank screen, I took it as a sign that I needed to relax and just Run.
Since I can’t break down the 13 miles with splits, we’re taking a different race-report perspective this time:
Ran with: my 9-oz water bottle, stopping at most of the stops, too! I drank half of each cup, and poured the other half on my head – so refreshing! My Garmin + HR monitor, but apparently G had another agenda (i.e. not working). My marathon-shoes and inserts; let’s just say it is beyond time to get some new kicks, and my knees were happy to remind me of that all day yesterday. My health-insurance card; you never know what can happen out there, and if nothing else it’s a form of ID and good to have with you!
Ran without: my Ipod! I had it tucked in my pocket, but I’m happy to say I chose go silent for this one! The sports drink they provided: this race was sponsored by “Ultima” – some sort of electrolyte mix? Whatever it was, it tasted awful. After a test at mile 6-ish, I had to spit it out and run cautiously. A training plan: not advised, but I took it on with caution and a positive mentality!
Wanted: cold, refreshing, summer fruit! I had random cravings throughout the race: I would’ve done anything for a slice of watermelon or a handful of juicy grapes. Had: honey packets. After struggling to open one around mile 8, I gave up and just waited for a post-race food-table raid.
Loved: the motivation from Spectators, volunteers, fellow-runners, and the race-atomsphere. Also, the perspective that comes with knowing what your body is capable of: you survived 26.2 miles, you can survive this crazy-bridge-hill twice – no walking! Hated: the fact that the “race” side of the road always seemed sunny, while the other side was basking in the shade. Ouch.
Expected: to run this slowly, need to walk a few times, need my music for an extra pep-in-my-step, and to finish after 2 hours. Actually: ran faster than I planned, only walked through the water stops (and once at the end, up a small hill), and finished just under 2 hours!
Major Congrats to Anne – her first 1/2m, definitely not an easy one,
and she’s still alive! 😉
13.1 miles, 1:57:03 (1:57:00, Garmin time), avg 8:51 m/m
I immediately ate half a bagel and a banana, and quickly downed two bottles of water. Then, we hit the expo.
My favorite supporter/spectator/photographer –
out there, with me, yet again!
After browsing the race expo, having a small glass of Champagne with Amy (Congrats on your 10K!), and changing into some clean and dry clothes, we headed to brunch.
Destination: Federal House. This is one of my favorite downtown Annapolis restaurants. I saw “Breakfast Bruchette” on the menu and immediately said “Yes, we’re going here.” YUM!
Flatbread topped with diced tomatoes & fresh basil, eggs, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Fresh summer fruit on the side (satisfy that craving!) instead of the greasy potatoes. This was delicious.
Another post-race treat? Frozen Yogurt. On a hot summer day, after a ridiculously hot, humid run, nothing will taste more amazing than a cold bowl of froyo & fruit.
Oreo froyo + Fresh Strawberries.
Post-race eats IN, time to relax. I spent the rest of the afternoon rehydrating, sleeping, and basking in that wonderful post-run glory.
If any of you raced yesterday, Congrats on surviving the elements!