Today's time was 1:20:02/1:20:00 - both are showing up in the results. Either way, no goals met for me.
I started off this morning with the same routine I did for the last race. I had a cup of coffee w/ almond milk, 1/2 an english muffin with pb & J and a couple of nut balls (nuts, maple syrup, oatmeal, coconut oil). I was really nervous this morning and thinking that I wished my sister was running too! She came and ran the last 1/2 marathon with me and I would have been nervous with my first real race back if she wasn't there. She was running Big Sur today and did awesome (4:27 - her goal was 4:30)! And congrats to Miranda on the 4:19 - first marathon, awesome job!! I have the luxury of my dad dropping me off at the start. I decided to leave Kara at home and bring Nick with me. I was excited to have Nick see me run. I got there at 7:30 and warmed up a bit. I knew about 20 people running the race and did not even see one of them! I was nervous at the start. Ugh. Annoying! I saw Cecily Tynan warming up. I want to be her - anchor for local Channel 6 Action News. She's 40+, has 2 kids, and is in amazing shape. She ran a 1:03.
I started off and was happy with my pace and felt good, first mile was 7:13. I couldn't feel my hip/leg at all - thank you Dr. Kelli!! The second mile was just ok, I started thinking it would be good if it was only a 5k. I just didn't feel strong. Mile 2: 7:22. Between miles 2 and 3, I starting getting a horrible cramp and my stomach was bothering me. I don't know if it was nerves, something I ate... not sure, but not comfortable. Mile 3: 7:43. I kept plugging along but once I saw I was off the 7:30 goal pace, I was not happy and giving up. Mile 4 was 7:52. I started feeling hot (it was high 50s by this time and got warm quickly), my stomach was bothering me, and I didn't feel like being there anymore. I wasn't having fun but trying to!
I guess mile 5 is where it all went downhill. I started slowing down and could not go any faster. I felt like I wasn't in shape to run 7:30, my stomach hurt, I was warm. 8:22, then 8:25. I took 2 Recovery e21 tablets around mile 6. I was pissed. I was trying hard to get my head into it and knew I didn't have much more to go, but I had nothing in me. I don't know what the problem was. I just didn't feel good. Mile 7: 8:08, Mile 8:8:25, mile 9: 8:15. I could not go any faster and knew I was at the end. Ugh!!
The last mile was 8:07. I tried the best that I could but I could not WAIT to be done. I saw the 1:19 on the clock and tried so hard to beat the 1:20 but came in just above it. I was so happy to be done, even though I was very disappointed in the day.
I'm over it now! I'm really happy that I signed up for the Oddyssey Half in 3 weeks and will get back into the game. Some pics:
|Woke up Nick to come cheer me on
|used my awesome sign from build-a-sign and spotted them easily when running by!
Also Nick is sporting a cafe press RUN MOMMY RUN shirt
|not a flattering pic but I was telling Nick to check out the medal so he'd let me hold him
|Lightning McQueen slide! He loved it!
|Meltdown because he didn't understand the whole waiting
in line thing to go again
|w/ my dad and Nick w/ pretzel to contain meltdown
|w/ my mom- she wanted the sign in every picture :)
|back at the car, all done!
|and back home, w/ baby Kara
and I always wear my race shirt after finishing the race