Country Music Half Marathon 2015: Race Recap
So I have to admit how nervous I really was for the half marathon I just ran last weekend. It’s silly, I know, because it’s not like I was going to win the race. I wish!
But it was a big deal to me. It was my first race after having my daughter (10 months after to be exact) and I had no idea how I was going to do. My current PR is around 1:45 so I decided to shoot for a goal of under 2 hours. I haven’t had the time I normally would to train due to our move, my new job, and taking care of Adyson. So I knew this wasn’t going to be a new PR, but I hoped I would at least finish with a time I was happy with.
What exactly lacked in my training? A lot to be honest! I ran almost all my long runs but wasn’t able to get in all my shorter runs. I also wasn’t able to do a lot of speed work, which is the only way you really get faster. I hardly did any cross training which is terrible considering that prevents injury. My diet was pretty good though and I didn’t eat too poorly so I’ll pat myself on the back for that one!
Friday night before the race wasn’t the best night. Poor Ady was up a lot of the night coughing and congested. (We have daycare to thank for that!) Brett took care of her so I could sleep but let’s be honest, when you know your child isn’t feeling well, it’s really hard to sleep.
I usually always get up pretty early before a race. I have to eat, have coffee, and give myself plenty of time to actually get to the race. I got there pretty early and parked close to the start line. The weather forecast all week had been pretty bad. They mentioned thunderstorms but luckily there wasn’t a drop of rain that fell the whole time.
I have to give it to the organizers of the race that they did a really great job with the start. There were numerous corrals (over 30) and I was in corral 8. At first I was a little annoyed that I wasn’t able to start the race right at 7 am but the corrals were super helpful in preventing too much “traffic” on the course. I was able to start with my corral around 7:15 am.
The course is HILLY. Oh my goodness, I miss the flat roads of Chicago! And I’m not talking small little hills. These are gradual, long, continuous hills that seems to last forever! The benefit of an uphill is that you usually get to go downhill but this is one of the toughest races I have ever run.
The race started off pretty well but of course got harder as time went on… here was my thought process:
• Miles 1 – 7: This is fun! Things are going well, good pace, good weather, glad I did this.
• Miles 7 – 10: Hills, hills, hills. Is Nashville flat at all?! How many miles are left?
• Mile 10 – 11: Ok, the hills are really annoying. I’m starting to run out of energy. Why didn’t I train more?
• Mile 11 – 12: I’m not that far away! Holy crap, I’m actually going to finish this!
• Mile 12 – 12.5: I’m hurting, I’m sore, I’m in pain, maybe my body wasn’t ready for this…
• Mile 12.5 – 13: Let’s just finish this… I’m going to pick up speed and start sprinting!
• Mile 13 – 13.1: Where is the finish line? Where is it? Seriously, WHERE IS IT? There it is!! I did it.
As you can see, I started to really doubt myself at the end! I couldn’t believe I was considering running the full marathon. The thing is, I just didn’t train the way I normally do and that’s what happens. Which is fine, but that’s why training is so important.
I was pretty sore afterwards and definitely felt the effects of my late sprinting toward the finish line. I’m so glad I did it though. I was able to prove to myself that I can and it got me in the racing spirit.
I finished in 1:52 so well under that 2 hour mark I was hoping for!
Which race should I do next?!
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