The bad race that was still fun.

Happy Sunday. I hope you are all having a fantastic weekend.

You may have heard I ran a little half marathon today. You may have also heard I was trying to sub 2 in that half marathon and sadly, I did not. Not even with all this motivation:

Ryan Gosling running sign

Nope. It wasn’t my day. I felt great this morning, I got up early and stretched out and did some planks and various other pre race stretches that I do. I am also happy to say that I had no stomach troubles but once the race started and I started running, I felt really stiff. I couldn’t get my stride right and everything felt forced. The first 6.5 miles were okay time wise and I finished them in around 1:02, but when I tried to kick in with negative splits for the second half, I just couldn’t. I felt pain in my hips and my achilles and I just couldn’t do it. It all fell apart in mile 7 and that’s when I realized this race was too much fun to be miserable so I just went with it and stopped when I had to and ran when I could. I stopped to take a picture somewhere around mile 7:

race course picVery soon after I snapped that picture, I almost ran into the girl in front of me and dropped my phone so I promptly abadoned the picture taking. Thank the Lord MacGyver was there to capture a few.

Around mile 9I think that was around mile 9 or 10 but I dont know which because my Garmin decided to play tricks on me and it was completely off. No matter, I wasn’t concerned about it’s trickery. I was concerned about getting to the finish line because my ultimate goal was this beauty:

Womens Running Series Medal

The flip flop is detachable and they had a charm station where they would remove it and put it on a chain for you. I left mine on. I didn’t want to take my medal off. I may or may not still be wearing it.

My second reason for crossing the finish line:

After the race pics

Sparkling wine & chocolate chip cookies, yeah!

Official Chip time: 2:12:41 (My second worst time ever) πŸ™

I’ll do an official review and recap tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime I have to plan my strategy for next Sunday when I will once again attempt the sub 2!

Do you have a goal time your trying to beat? How long have you been trying?

16 thoughts on “The bad race that was still fun.

  1. I’m sorry your race experience wasn’t like you have hoped, but once you get to your goal it will make it that much sweeter! My first half marathon that I did earlier this month was actually part of the Women’s Running Series too. The one in AZ. I absolutely love my medal too and I can’t imagine any other medal topping that one.

    I’m not really sure what my goal is for my next half. I have my first marathon in January and I will probably start thinking more about goal times once I get a little more experience with the half marathon and marathon distances. Good luck next weekend! I’ll check back to see how it went! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! And even though I didn’t PR or reach my goal it was a super fun race. It is one of the best medals ever! Did you see the San Diego one? So Jealous! It’s a surf board!

  2. I am also trying for a sub 2 hour half. I don’t run as many as you. I limit myself to about 2 a year. The rest are shorter races with hubby who does not enjoy distance. At Soldiers 2 weeks ago I was 90 seconds away. Just got behind a bottle neck in the first mile and could not make it up. I always just try to focus on enjoying it the goal will come.

    • If anybody is gonna get that sub 2 it’s you! You are so close and I know it’s going to happen for you. I also feel your pain with the bottleneck situation. At the Frankenfooter half I was only 2 minutes away and I wish I would have started in the front because I really think I would have had it. For the rest of the year, I’m going to go back to concentrating on just having fun and whatever will be will be, and it all boils down to the simple fact that if I’m running, I’ll be happy! πŸ™‚

  3. I feel like you and I are kindred running spirits, and I hope this isn’t creepy πŸ™‚

    My goal half time was sub two hours and on my most recent race day I just fell apart. I ended up finishing around 2:12, which is one of my worst times too! It was miserable and it took me awhile to get over it.

    But you’ll bounce back strong, and I’m getting there too. That sub-two will come on our next race, I just know it!

  4. I know it wasn’t the race you wanted, but you’ll get that sub-2 soon. And if you don’t, you still rock.

    Your second worst time is just about the same as my PR. πŸ™‚ lol. One day I may get faster, but right now I find I do better without goals.

    • You’ll get faster Clarinda, you will. Learn from my mistakes and don’t push yourself because sometimes the pressure can overshadow the fun and in reality we run because we love it so I’m going to take my own advise for future races this year and I’m going to relax and do what I love. And thank you for the encouragement, you are a sweetie!

  5. In my little world as long as you had fun it must not have been a bad race. And how could you beat sparkling wine and cookies?

    Here’s hoping you either make your sub 2 half next time or have a wonderful time coming close!

    • Thanks Lisa, the sparkling wine and cookies were a definite consolation πŸ™‚ and I did have fun but I’m still going to go for the sub 2 next week.

  6. I’m sorry that I totally missed you. My phone went completely dead right before the race … I was soooo po’d at least I had my GARMIN going. Anyway in the porta potty line I met Leigh Spann ( channel 8 weather girl).. I’ve been a fan of hers for over a year I knew she was a runner… Never know who you’ll meeting the porta potty line… Lol…. Anyway I was just about to go in when they sang the national anthem so I quickly went and then flew to find my corral… I jumped into corral 1 … Yeah … It still moved slow in the beginning but the whole race was amazing and I felt good ( thank goodness) except I kept looking for Flower

    • I love Leigh Spann, she is on real early in the morning so I always watch her. Funny thing about the porta potty, heheh. Good job today, you did awesome! I’m going to have to email you my phone number so you can pace me next time, πŸ™‚

    • Well let me personally say thank you because without all the crowd support, I totally would have let the voices in my head quit that race but you guys were awesome and made the race so much fun. So, thank you!

  7. It was a fun race! Glad you allowed yourself to enjoy it.
    I’m done with setting PR’s. I do it all for fun now and bring the kids along and let them set the PR’s πŸ™‚

    • That’s a great attitude Jenny! I’m going to be taking a cue from you and I’m planning on adding cross fit to my routine. I may pick your brain if you don’t mind, I’m kind of clueless about it…

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