It was AWESOME! I rocked it! SuperDad & Thing 1 rocked it! Man, what a day!
|Mandatory Pre-Race photo...man that kid is getting tall!|
|Check out that dude stretching on the starting line. Really?|
The day started out early, but with the time change and the extra hour of sleep I got, having to work 7-11am before heading to the race didn't seem too bad at all. In fact, it was a good, smoothe morning on the trauma floor & I finished on time, did a quick change & headed out to meet SD & Thing 1 at the race. They got there ahead of me & got our race numbers/tshirts so I didn't even have to stand in line. Good deal! The weather was beautiful! It was a perfect fall day, 50 degrees, sunny & I was about to run a half marathon with my family. When I got there I was a little disappointed to find that Thing 2 had decided to stay at home, but I understood. He had a BIG english project to finish up. Race photographer Mum volunteered to send frequent updates to Thing 2 so he didn't feel too left out. Race photo Mum is awesome! As we stood at the start, SD turned to me and asked: Did you ever think we'd be running a race like this together??? Nope. Never in my wildest dreams. I never thought I'd be a runner & SD thought his days of running long distances were over. In fact, his last half was this very race in 2002! Never underestimate the power of a teenage challenge. When I said I'd be running this race (for the shirt;)) Thing 1 said he'd like to do it too. Then he says to SD.....I think I can beat you now. Well, the gauntlet was dropped & SD picked it up & with a 4 week training plan, set out to keep his speediest runner of the house title.....Thing 1 actually trained....they were ON!
|We are off! The beautiful CCC campus :)|
|Believe it or not, I'm walking on air....;)|
The Red Baron starts on the campus of Corning Community College, a place near & dear to my heart as this is where I went to nursing school. We started in the shadow of the nursing & science buildings & I reflected how far I'd come in the past few years. I was happy. I was going to run with my family...even though it was the loosest sense of the term since I didn't see those speed demons after the gun went off...but it was enough to know they were there joining me in this challenge. We wound through the campus & into the adjacent neighbourhood & immediately began tackling the rolling, relentless hills that encompass the first 5 miles, culminating in the local version of Heartbreak Hill. I started off well, though I thought I was probably pushing the pace a bit when I saw my first mile under 10 minutes. I was feeling ok & thought that if I could get a couple minutes in the bank I wouldn't be too behind when I hit the BIG ONE. Running photo mum was waiting at mile 3 taking photos. Thanks! I was pretty pumped to realize that I ran through 4 miles in around 38 minutes. I was doing WELL! At mile 4 I put my head down for the mile slog to the top. I didn't look up. I didn't want to know how much I still had to endure. When Big G beeped 5 miles, I grabbed my Gu & took it before I hit the next water station. There wouldn't be another until mile 9. This is a low key local race. Water was at 3,5,9 & 12 only. That's it. If you wanted more or other fuel, you had to carry it. I didn't mind. After all, I only paid $20 to run & it was for a good cause.
The last mentionable hill comes just before the 10K mark. I hit 10K in 59:45! The first time I've done it in under an hour in a longer distance! Yay for me! Miles 6-9 are downhill. I think I might
have uttered Weeeeeeeeee!!!!
at one point ;-D I was a bit concerned when I felt a sharp pain on the inside of my right knee....didn't impeed my running, but was a bit annoying. Any idea what that is? (Probably my crappy form...which I have had an epiphany about. I will address it in an upcoming post) By the time I got to mile 9, I realized that because I was STILL hitting sub 10 miles, my goal of a 2:10 was not only attainable but beatable. I was pumped. The last area is flat, which was a relief. I gave this race everything I had. I held nothing back. During the last mile I reeled in 7 annoying people that passed me during the downhill. Gotta say I loved that.
|1:36:02 a 39 minute PR!|
|1:35:14 a 2 minute PR!|
I finished strong. 2:05:34
& I was done! Saw SD & Thing 1 and asked how their race turned out. It was a close call. SD caught Thing 1 around mile 12 and beat him by 48 seconds! Wow!
|2:05:34....an 11 minute PR!|
Thing 1 1:36:02
The best part of this race was that although I had a secret in-the-back-of-my-mind goal of 2:10, I really was out there to enjoy the race & spend time doing something I love with my family. I finally realize that I ran well. Not just well 'for me', but well for any regular runner! 9:34 pace is nothing to belittle myself about...it is a GOOD pace & I'm proud of myself for having fun, giving it my all & being able to acknowledge the change in me over the past year. I am no longer just a beginner....I am a runner!
|Post race photo by Thing 2: OMG! They are making me take another family photo! |
Plus....I got my shirt! My Club 'O Crazy now has an official membership shirt:
|Official member of the Wine Baron Club ;-D|
You ARE a runner now!! I cannot wait to run my first half...you have no idea how inspirational it is to read your story. Great job!! :)
AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Wow! I bet you are still walking on air after that time.
Wow! Congrats to you all on your PRs!!.... yep, it's official, you ARE a runner!!
Great job to all of you!
Stretch Armstrong at the starting line is funny. Awesome ... and three PR's, what a great day - but that was probably nothing compared to running with your family! Congrats to everyone!
Wow you have a fast family! Like Jim said, congrats on the 3 PRs!
Well done!! You look STRONG in those pics! And you're smiling! That counts for a lot in the end!
Congrats on a wonderful half marathon, and a fabulous PR!!!
Thanks for the congrats on my first marathon, I really appreciate it :) I've joined your club now, haha.
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