I was excited for this run. I ran it in 2014 just 9 months after my second daughter born.
It didn't go well.
I had gone out too fast, had to stop to go to the bathroom at mile 5 and totally fell apart by the end.
My first race of 2016 was a half marathon where I struggled after mile 10.
A little over a month ago, I did a Half Ironman where I had a terrible run time.
See a pattern here???
Needless to say...
I was out for vengeance.
I have been chasing my dream of a sub-2 Hour half marathon for years.
Today, I felt confident that I could make it happen.
Looking at the forecast, I knew it was going to be HOT!
I planned my clothes and accessories accordingly.
For my nutrition, I packed one GU and a small pack of Energy Beans.
My plan was to focus on pacing myself for consistent effort for the whole race.
Race morning, I woke up earlier than I needed.
But I felt like I needed this to avoid my potty breaks. During training, I realized that my long runs went uninterrupted when I gave my body enough time to .... (Ahem) go.
We stayed at my moms house the night before. She lives much closer to the race than we do. Plus my kids were more than excited to see Grandma and Grandpa Papa.
I got up. Got dressed. Fueled up. Kissed my husband. And got going.
By the time that I got to the shuttles at the finish line, the temperature was in the low 60s.
When I got off the bus at the starting line, I was pretty concerned. It was over an hour before the race started and.... The air didn't feel cool at all.
I stayed in the shade and decided to make friends.
I met a few other ladies. We found out that we are planning on many of the same races for the rest of the year. We swapped numbers as we made our way to the start.
As the race started, I spent the first 1.5 miles bobbing and weaving around people. I resisted the urge to go out fast. I was also using my Zombies, Run! app to keep myself going. It just helps me give an extra push... Because I am afraid of zombies.... Which is an entirely different blog post.
The shade persisted for the first 4 miles or so. Then.... FULL SUN with little pockets of shade.
The temperature rose quickly. At mile 5, I took some beans.
At mile 7.5, we left the canyon and any chance of shade for the rest of the race.
At that point, I took my GU and swigged some water to get it down.
Between mile 8 and 9, some volunteers were handing out cold, wet towels. They were heavenly!
I put mine on the back of my neck and kept going.
Toward mile 11, the heat was getting to me. I still felt fine but I really wanted to get done. I took a few more beans and kept putting the water on my towel at each aid station.
I was a little surprised to only be offered Gatorade once throughout the race.
Maybe I had tunnel vision and wasn't paying attention. It's completely possible.
I threw the towel down at mile 12 and just pushed myself. I could see the finish line and it looked beautiful and shady!
About 1/4mile before the finish, I saw my husband with a cold water bottle of SKRATCH. I waved him to the finish line and started my final kick. I could see the clock.
I still had time to get my sub 2!!
I couldn't suppress my excitement.
I ran my heart out.
Once I finished, I felt the heat and fatigue hit me hard! It was well into the 80s by the time that I finished.
I grabbed a fresh wet towel and immediately filled it with ice.
I drank my SKRATCH and saw my family.
My final result was...
It was awesome to have a new PR. I'm excited to sign up for another race because I can see how I can improve.
The splits for the last few miles were a little slower than I would have liked. At that point, the temperatures were already tipping toward 90 degrees.
But I'm excited to work through the summer and get better.
We spent the rest of the day swimming, eating and snuggling. It was amazing!