Monday, June 8, 2009

CB 1/2 Mary Race Report

Sunday, June 7, I ran 1/2 marathon #4 in Council Bluffs, IA. After signing up I regretted it. Why? The fee was high, we had two social gatherings to attend (and I had to be a good girl and go home early) and I had this business plan I was writing for an interview Monday morning.

Now that I'm committed, and I won't give up that boy cut shirt and bling - the CB was a small 1/2 mary. It is a week before IMKS 70.3 so my total goal was to lay low and use it as a training run. It was a lot further than I was supposed to run per my training schedule and taper....but what the deuce. I want to do as many halves as I can get in this year not to mention I love challenges. I'll recover.

My friend Chester, who is running all 50 (thanks Kim, I always do that! where I get the extra 2 I don't know) states, went with me. There wasn't much chatter about running together other than "this is your run" "this is my run" we'll start together and go from there. Well, Chester runs a lot faster than I do, but he was just out to fill a weekend with a nice run.
Starting line. It starts to sprinkle. I hear thunder. We are going to get. wet. Sprinkle. Sprinkle. Sprinkle. Rain. Dump. Dump some more. Rain. Done.

We skied through puddles, swam through marshes and pushed forward all while our feet were turning into a state of prunes. Chester hung with me at an 8:30ish pace. We are nearing mile 5. I need to take my HammerGel pack, but I also need water. Water station where are you? Here you come. It's about 6.5 miles now and I soon made a plan with self as I'm beyond the point of "just doing a training run". This is how the conversation went:

Self, you are going to go for the PR. You can do this. You can do this even if it hurts. Next Sunday the pain is going to be 100x worse, so suck it up, you haven't felt nothing yet!

Self responded quite quickly and said:

Do it. {breathe} I'm doing it. {breathe} Even if it kills me. {breathe} I can always lay down and die later. {breathe} Check Garmin. Garmin checked. I'm on track. I'm going to get that PR! {breathe of excitement}

This feels good. I'm ok. I know I can hold this pace for another 2-3 miles before I want to kill myself for choosing to PR.

Mile 10 rolls around. I'm feeling the pain. Calves are tight. Knees are starting to hurt. If only I could stop and take off my tights, rub my calves, catch my breathe, drink a glass of water, hit the potty {by now I gotta go poo}, and start running again. Those darn "if only's....".
I started visualizing the country roads where I train to take my mind off the pain and of course taking my pants off. GAH! What a sight that would be.

Mile 11 is here and I yelled to Chester, the best pacer in the world right now: "We can do anything for 2 miles!" {ok, so I know this is a day in the park for him, but I had to convince myself he was feeling my pain}. My mind is back to the country roads, Jai Ho is on my iPod and I'm rolling along checkin the Garmin for pacing. We are on track.

Ok. We are at mile 12. Oh gawd. 1.1 to go. Self, we need to talk.

When you are sitting in the car when this is all over, don't look back and wish you would've pushed harder. Do it now. Get it over with and you won't have to worry about regrets. Just! Do! It!

I'm eyeing a target ahead that looks about .5 miles away. Run to the target and the next target will be the finish line.

Pace picks up. Calves are screaming "ice me" "rub me". Knees are screaming "take off those tights". Self is yelling "pick it up!" Garmin states, "your on track". Good ol' Garmin.

We are coming around the corner about .2 from the finish line and the Fun Run 1 milers were coming in and who did I see? My little man Jacob. I was soooooo excited. You could never guess how excited I was to see him run. I picked up my pace. Chester moved over and said "the finish line is yours". I got to see Jake run.

Finish line. I'm here. I'm done. Ok. Do I breathe? or do I puke?
End results:

Jake took 4th out of 60. I finished with an 8:31/mile pace. A new PR and 2nd in my age group. Rock on!

20 comments:

Kathleen said...

Congratulations! And thanks for the nice report! Aren't you glad you did it?

raulgonemobile said...

Congrats, and a very nice job!

Lasciel said...

52 states? You have got to be kidding me. Sounds like government education hard at work.

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

So much for the little training run. Rest up and recover. You have a big race in a few days.

Blyfinn said...

Congrats again on the PR. It was great to meet ya. Maybe again sometime when I can run also.

Running through Life said...

You ROCK! Awesome job & congrats on your PR!

Great pictures- you are still cute after a fast half marathon!

MCM Mama said...

Great job! and great race report.

The Happy Runner said...

Rock on is right! Congratulations!

Chic Runner said...

Congrats on a great race weekend!! :) New pr and 2nd in your age group is great! nice job!

Kelly said...

2nd in your AG? Congrats! Although, running in the rain sucks!

Missy said...

Rock on sista! That is SWEET...for both of you! Way to go.

Diana said...

One word: awesome!

AKA Alice said...

Great report! hahaha about the little take-it-easy-training run. When you wrote that I though, "uh oh...she's gonna PR now..."

Take it easy now.

Oz Runner said...

great race report, we've all had those conversations with ourselves during runs....congrats on the PR and for getting to the podium!

Kim said...

2nd in your age group??? You are so awesome! And congrats to the Little McNugget.

All 52 states? Are you speaking of DC and Puerto Rico as the 2 to that 52?

Robert James Reese said...

Nice work! Way to fight through the pain and finish it up strong. You'll do great in the 70.3, I'm sure.

Jamie said...

Congrats on AG place and a new PR! That's one hell of a training run :)

Kevin said...

great job!! Sounds like you should be ready to rock out a kick butt 70.3

Toni said...

Congrats on your speedy run!

Lisa said...

congratulations! Way to self-talk your way to a pr. I hope you ROCK it this weekend.