I decided a couple of months ago to complete the Women's Half Marathon even though I was going back to school to work on another degree. I figured I could manage the training and school with minor scheduling adjustments. I also like the idea of getting a new PR since the course was pretty flat. Well, my training was sucky.... only really did the long miles and a week day run/cross training every now and then. Since training wasnt going according to plan and no one could go with me, I toyed with the idea of not going at all. But the idea of the charm and the pick goodies was too much too resist.
I knew I would finish the race since I had 4.5 hrs, but I knew I would probably not PR.
I drove the 7.5hrs to FL while a friend talked to me, arriving at the hotel at midnight. Yes, midnight. Since it was the day before a holiday for my school system, I could not get the day off.
I made a few extra bathroom stops because i knew I needed to keep the water flowing with the race so close.
Not excited about being alone but my room was nice in that it was on the first floor and included a fridge.
The Expo was okay. It was exciting to see Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially enter and run in the Boston Marathon. She looks great!!
It certainly says something about the power of women if the first woman to run the Boston Marathon still looks great while the first man to run a marathon, immediately dropped dead!!!
After the expo, I drove to the area for the start of the race to make sure I could get there easily in the dark Sunday morning. Beautiful, just beautiful!!
Race day is here. Actually started a few minutes late because I was in the potty line. (ed. note never, never, never go to a portapotty for male construction workers. their artistic opinion of women ...UGH)
Since I started late, about five of us had to wade through the women getting ready for the 5k to start our race. I had decided to just walk and enjoy the day since my training was so poor for this race. I came prepared for a long day with two water bottles and 10 ACCEL gels. Yes, 10.
Fortunately God had other plans. Since I was clearly visible, I didnt want to start walking immediately. So like the other late comers, I started off jogging to catch up with the other participants. Vickie (we just met) was jogging beside me. She looked great, so I had to keep going a bit longer. Fat girls can jog to you know!! I knew I would start walking as soon as Vickie passed me; she just needed to hurry up and do it!! Rather than jog past me, Vickie started talking to me. I was feeling okay but knew it could not last forever. Eventually I left her because started walking. Thank God I thought, but she caught me again. Turns out she was doing the Galloway 5/1 plan. when she invited me to join her I do; but let her know she can leave me whenever she needs to. I was actually on target to PR if I could maintain this pace throughout most of the race.
Long story short: We keep up the 5/1 for miles 1-6 or 7. We just walk and talk miles 7-10. Mile 10, we do the 5/1 again, followed by walking mile 11. Mile 12 to the finish line we start the 5/1 but I didnt get my last walk in because it was toooo close to the finish line. Vickie pushed me to keep going even though my mind went to the woman who lost her life at the finish line of the Nashville Women's Half. Rule 1 is to finish strong at all costs, so I picked up the pace, prayed!!! and kept going.
My finish official time was 3:36, but here is what i have on my new Garmin 305.
I love my Garmin by the way. Amazon has them on sale now for $130.00.
This was my slowest race EVER!! Which is why I said I am going backwards. But I did learn some valuable things.
I need to respect my training and actually do it!!
I can work harder than I have been doing.
I really do enjoy races, so I want to invest more time in getting better.
I don't need 10 gels!! I actually used two on the course. I refused to take a picture of me with that band of gels on.
I will definitely do a full marathon one day.
Florida was beautiful as I expected. i just wish I could have seen the sights. My legs started bothering me as soon as finished.
My pace angel Vickie. She is a very nice person!!!
Me without my gel band
The reason I do this
Would definitely encourage others to do this race. Although I am not a fan of loops on a course, this course was nice because it included some really nice scenery. We actually ran along the pier and through Tropicana Field.
This race is not on my possible races list for next year, but I did add the Women's Nashville race.
Next on my list is the Walt Disney Princess Half. That won't be a PR race because there will be at least 3 of us going and we want to enjoy the course and take lots of pictures. My next race for a possible PR is the Seattle Rock 'n Roll.
That gives me 7 months to train, lose weight, respect my training and have fun!!
On to the next one!!!