On Saturday morning my boy-side-kick (ya I know lame/gross...I am running out of names for Jacob) & I drove up to Green Bay, WI to run in the Dick Lytie Spring Classic.
I mentioned this before but the race cost the same for everyone so I just couldn't sign up for the 9 miler or 5K. The half was basically a deal, people! and if you put a deal in front of me, I just have to take it (This is my mom's fault BTW. She turned me into the shopping monster I am. Hi MOM!) Anyways this was really silly because I don't think I was ready just yet for my first half this year but I did it anyways. I figured I could tell myself to take it easy and just get the miles in. What I didn't think would happen, or I guess I just haven't experienced really yet (at least not on a race day) is that my mind was great! I felt good. MY BODY though thought...
"Helllllllllll no. 9 miles is your limit girl and you need to stop running. Right. This. Second."
Ya I hit mile nine and my hips and my knees and my hammies decided to hate me.
I pushed through though and thankfully I turned the corner at 12.5 miles and Jake ran the last bit with me. He did this at my last half too and it is pretty awesome. I think if there ever comes a time he is MIA, I am going to HAVE to recruit someone else to be there.
This course was hilly & I mean it. Like might-as-well-walk hilly. After the first hill, I heard some buzz that they just get worse. I pretty much choked on my GU. "HOW COULD THEY GET WORSE!"
I have said this before but it would maybeee be helpful to actually LOOK at a course before your run it. Check this out!
|I was not kidding about the elevation...might-as-well-walk-hilly! Right?|
Sometimes I think I don't look at the course map because half of the reason I love running in new races is that everything is unknown. It is usually a route I have never taken before and that is exciting to me. Also I have to do it. It isn't like I can look at the map and think "hmmm...I think I can avoid that hill by taking this side road?!" I mean I guess I could but you get my point. It helps some people to look at it and plan & for others it is a way to psych yourself out. Just my thought.
Well anyways here is how I finished. 2:05:57.
There were only 206 people in the half so out of everyone, not amazing, but hell I did it. Also this is my first half that I finished over 2 hours. Which is still a very good time but if I am being honest, it was kind of hard to accept and that's okay. I am glad I took my time at the end and it takes the pressure off to always PR now.
A 2 hour half is amazing and not every race needs to be speedy. I really like the idea of running forever so I think my brain needs to cool it on killing myself over pace and straining myself. I have to remember my bigger goals andddd just in case you were dying to know...
I want to PR the Door County half in May (My first repeat half marathon) and finish my first FULL marathon in November healthy, happy, and with a smile on my face.
Any one else??? running goals?!?! Spill 'em :)