Wow, say that title 10 times fast!
Good morning friends! It's Wednesday!! More than half way through the work week as Friday is a Holiday!
Let’s go for round 2 of the Run for Retina ½ marathon recap.
Saturday night we all went to go out to our fav local hole in the wall pasta joint, but got turned away as our party of 6 was too big. So we ended up at another pasta place. It was alright but I would have still preferred our first choice. Regardless, I still had spaghetti and meatballs.
Sunday’s ½ did not start until 9:15 and the starting point was only a couple minutes from where I live so it was very nice, to sleep in my own bed and not have to get up super early!
I picked my sister up at 8:30 and we were down to the starting area by 8:45. Just enough time to visit the loo and take some pics!
Mike and Michelle showed up soon after we were there.
I guess Mike was tired already
The race started right on time, which is always nice! Miriam and I were running together so we made our way to the starting line and found a spot about the middle of the pack.
Waited for the horn to go and we were off. It was a little mucky to start but we were thankful they weren’t puddles. The forecast had not been looking good for the morning so we were just happy it wasn’t raining. I let Miriam set the pace as this was her first ½ and she wanted to finish in 2 hours. We both had our iPods on and just used hand signals for good, bad, okay, speed up or slow down. The first loop out from the park we were a little fast. When we came back through the park at around the 5 k mark we slowed down a little and kept that pace for about the next 10 k.
It was just before we came back through the park, that Miriam pointed up to the sky and I looked and saw the sun was actually peeking its way out! That put some huge smiles on our faces!
I felt pretty good for most of the race, it wasn’t until around the 15, 16 k mark that my right leg really started hurting. It was cramping so bad I actually had thoughts of quitting. It was right around this time that I was also doubting my abilities to run a full in 3 weeks but I kept going. The next thing that happened, has never ever happened to me. At km 18, both of my calves started cramping. I had to be very careful with how I was pushing off the ground with each step. I managed to keep going but in the last km when I like to speed up, I couldn’t. Looking back, I don’t think I was as hydrated going into the race as I usually am and I did not drink enough at all during. I think I had 3 sips of water.
Miriam had a burst of speed in the last 200 m or so, I could feel her picking up the pace. She sprinted up ahead of me. She finished in 1:52:08 and I finished in 1:52:10.
So proud of her! She surpassed her goal and we all know that is such a wonderful feeling! All her hard work and training paid off!
As we were approaching the finish line, I looked over and saw my dad in the crowd! I was so happy to see him!
It's such a good feeling to see family and friends at the finish line!
Well friends, that sums up ½ marathon #9 for me! So happy and thankful I was able to run another one!
How many ½ marathon’s have you run?
Anybody racing this weekend?