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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

My First Ever Road Race - 1/2 Marathon

This is a copy and paste from a Facebook note I made just after my First Road Race which was a half Marathon- Yes I skipped the 5k and went right for the half! ha!

Temps- 60 at the start, blue sky Energy- Excellent Mood- Optimisitc Mental- STrong Gear- No problems Emotional- A litle weak,my 2 year old cried a storm whe I walked away to run, so did my 5 year old. Preperation- Poor- I didnt get to the line-up in time to start my garmin and set my play list, so the horn sound off and I had to jog trying to set up my playlist, in which it didnt so it was on random play, so I had to determine my time so I could figuire out which song I should be on, finally got it on- Dog Days Are Gone! LOVE the New Song Referral~! Perfect Start- I forgot my water bottle- thans to the sons tantrum- and I thought "mother fucker" cause that meant I had to use every water station. For my first cup, I freaking choked,lmao. So then I learned on water station 2, I grab 4 cups, yes four, walk and throw back each one and start running again. I think if ONLY I didnt have to stop because when you STOP you have to START all over again and who wants to do that its too much on the body. At least for me! First 1/2 mile was flat. THEN- BAM- RUN that Hill- UpHill gently riding UP, UP, UP and UP for 2 1/2 Miles- WTF! I didnt train for any HILLS! Although I did crush and pass people Because I street trained and there were plenty of random hills on my training runs. The good news after the hill there was a 1/4 mile downhill and then it went all flat! Pace- STRONG- I have a new comfy pace- it's 10:45! I ran 10:30-10:45 all the way till Mile 6. Mile 6 Lesson- NEVER CRY IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERIOUS RUN! Ok, why did I cry, it was only a complete stranger family rooting on another runner, it just melted my heart, it was so sweet and I cried- then I got whicked aweful gut pains, like had to stop double over pain from not breathing properly cause was running 10:45 pace and crying- Totally upset about doing that. Mile 7-10 - Back to strong running! My right leg is feeling great, I was mostly worried about the random knee/calf twinges/aches/lactic acid build up in them during my training LR's. Suprising it was the opposite leg and upper quad that go tight at this time. My Time at Mile Ten was PR- 1:50 and some change. It therefore took me 39 min to run a 5k :( Mile 1- 1/2- 11 - HIT MY WALL- Can't help it. Not having my own fluids, the odd walk to drink start back up again got to me, the hill threw me, the crying hurt me. Mile 12- It was here thta I defined the 'heart' of every runner that finishes- no matter the time/ the place of finish....they finish strong because of what is held in their heart for the sport of running. Even after my lactic threashold took ahold, I dug deep and hit my goal. End- I saw my family, blew them kisses and sprinted for the end. Crossing the Line- I felt amazing, accomplished, joyful. Walking back and seeing my husband, I just melted. Like a warm cozy blanket that will comfort me when I needed it most I cried and it just came out, not planned, didnt last long, but I did. I'm not surprised, it's who I am! Things I would do differently- Never forget my water bottle, get to start sooner, allign my garmin from my arrival, get my playlist ready, never cry during a race, plan to run LONGER LR's before another 13.1- I firmly believe had I done some LR"S beyond the 13.1 I could have a longer lactic threshold. It's really not my fault, it's a biological factor that without enough training, you will hit a wall. I was strong through till ten, I've ran that several times and ran to 13.1 only one other time, in 90 degree heat, flat course in 2:39 training run, so good progress considering in just 5 weeks time. I feel today-physical wise- Amazing- my quads are tight, the kind of tight and sore where you grip the sink or wall or anything you grab ahold of to escort you down to the porcelein gods to get to business! Lmao. Don laughs at me, but dang that hurts! Yesterday after the race, my abs were aching badly, like someone had run my core over with a mack truck, never felt that before, but I just think much like my husband I need more ab work-outs! SO SORRY FOR TYPOS- MY KEYBOARD IS ACTING UP, WTF? SO WEIRD ALL WEEK THERE IS THIS WEIRD DELAY IN LETTERS AND STUFF? GGGRR! Thank for reading and supporting me this entire summer- I chose to do what I never would have thought possible in the last few months! I owe much of my success to the support! xoxo

Steve Beck · loved the write up connie. Thanks for sharing and taking us on the run with you through your notes. Well done on setting the goal and kickin its ass!September 12, 2010 at 8:56pm via mobile · LikeUnlike · 1Pina Lewis Connie I am so happy for you and somewhat jealous since my first Half wont be for awhile.But you did awesome and kicked some ass with you timeSeptember 12, 2010 at 9:04pm · UnlikeLike · 1Angela Dawson Veal Love this Connie!! Thanks so much for sharing!!! Reading about your experience is making me even more excited about my upcoming 1st ever half marathon!!! Congrats!!!!!!September 12, 2010 at 9:16pm · UnlikeLike · 1Chris Lyons This as an awesome After Action Review! Thanks for posting - I enjoyed the read. Again, WTG Connie!September 12, 2010 at 9:16pm · LikeUnlikeMary Jo Jorolemon Norfolk Amazing. Thanks for sharing this Connie!!! You continue to inspire me!September 12, 2010 at 9:18pm · UnlikeLike · 1Katie Trembecky I loved reading this :).September 12, 2010 at 9:27pm · UnlikeLike · 1Belinda Boone Sounds like you had an awesome day, Connie! My first half is on 10/10/10. I'm a slow runner, so my pace won't even be close to yours, but hopefully the experience will be as fulfilling as what you described. :-)September 12, 2010 at 9:42pm · UnlikeLike · 1Eleanor Churchill Collins Thanks for taking us on the ride with you!!! It makes me so excited for mine! You did an amazing job. What an accomplishment!! :-))September 12, 2010 at 9:57pm · UnlikeLike · 1Donna West Connie, I have been following your story, and you seriously are my idol. I truly admire everything you have done to accomplish this goal of yours, and I think you did an amazing job!! I am so proud of you!September 12, 2010 at 10:12pm · UnlikeLike · 1Khari Espinoza Way to go Connie! You did awesome! I hope to do as well as you did at my first half! Congrats! xoxoSeptember 13, 2010 at 2:06am · LikeUnlikeJulie Hollis Well done Connie - reading that I wanted to have been there to see you along the road! Don't be ashamed of the emotion - we do something that we love, it's no surprise that it grips you now and again! You, girl, are a total inspiration. YOU ROCK!!!!September 13, 2010 at 2:29am · LikeUnlikeRobert Daniels Connie, awesome job! Great story. I'm sorry I didn't write sooner. I have been really busy over the last few days. I'm proud of you, lil' sisterSeptember 14, 2010 at 10:21pm · LikeUnlikeMisty Sherman Love the story! Thanks for the moment by moment...kind of makes us picture it in our mind! :) Great job!September 14, 2010 at 10:26pm · LikeUnlikeWrite a comment...

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