I had initially planned on this being my goal race for the year. But unfortunately, a few things got in the way of that. For example, the two marathons i have next month. And the pressures of coordinating a charity team for this event. And be surrounded by sick people all week!
Needless to say, the race didn't go as planned. At all. Actually, who are we kidding - there was never a plan, other than go fast, but not so fast that you throw up or die, whatever pace that is. The morning was a disaster - trying to wake up everyone and get them going so we could be there by 6am to set up. Traffic was a nightmare, and the whole journey was just stressful. We were able to lug all of our stuff to the charity village, but by the time we set up, i was exhausted. We had a brief blogger meet up, but i was busy acting like a crazy person that i barely got a chance to talk to anyone! I swear, i am not normally that rude.
You will also notice i decided to bring waffles to the race. I just couldn't bear to have her in her crate for 7 hours, and since Rachel would be at the tent, and agreed to watch her provided she did not poop, i brought her along. I regretted the second we got their, because she was being a complete spaz because of all of the excitement, and she only added to my stress levels. Between Matt yelling at me about not being able to find his stuff, trying to coordinate team members who were lost, didn't know where to go, didn't know where to park, and didn't know what time the race started, and shoving a granola bar in my mouth 10 minutes before the race started, i was nearly in tears by the time i got the start area. Amanda walked over with us, and had some very calming words, which i was super grateful for.
Matt and i snuck into a corral that was in between us and just decided to start from there, which was also about the time i realized i forgot my water bottle...(i lose so much time at water stops!!). Within the first mile of the race, i ran into my Winter marathon training pace leader David! I was so excited to see him! That was kind of when the flood gates opened - David is a super calm and relaxed runner, and i just started to vent about what a stressful week it was leading up to the race. My whining took us all the way to mile 3! We were steadily running an 8:55-9:00 pace, and it felt good. I really didn't have any problems until mile 7, when i began to have trouble breathing. I assure you, it was not an asthma attack (i would have quit running immediately) It seemed more like congestion (in retrospect, it would appear i caught the cold Rachel and Matt both had, as i have been congested ever since) After the turn around, i walked through the water station so i could take my gel, but i wasn't able to catch back up to David (it turns out i was 30 seconds behind him at the finish line, so my eyes must have really been failing me...)
I am angry because the last three miles i should have really kicked it up a notch, and i didn't. I actually slowed down a little. I seriously need someone to jump in the last three miles of any race and just yell at me to go faster, because there is really no reason for me to slow down! I ended up finishing with a 2:00:16, which is straight up annoying. like i really couldn't run 16 seconds faster? Come on, Sara.
I really was trying, i swear! Matt made a crack about half marathons being a joke to me, but they are still a huge and exhausting challenge. This race was a far cry from my 1:55 goal, but in comparison to my time last year, i shaved 14 minutes off! So in short, progress is slow, and subtle, but it IS there. But i should still try to run just a teeeeny bit faster.
Unfortunately, because it took me two hours to finish this race, i basically missed all of our other charity runners, because i am the slowest. I left my camera at the tent in hopes that someone would take pictures of everyone in their awesome t-shirts, but unfortunately, the only picture that was taken was of a giant bug that was apparently hanging out in the tent.
Seriously - WTF is that thing?? Who took this picture?? Really guys?
But despite the lack of pictures, Rachel said that everyone came by and was super nice and had a great time, so that makes me happy!
And, as a bonus, by the time i packed everything up, dropped off Rachel, and unloaded everything, Matt and Waffles were so exhausted that they both fell asleep for about three hours, so that i could enjoy some star trek and a martini in peace and quiet.
And all was well.