A few weeks ago, I posted some Thoughts & Tips from Training for My First Half Marathon. This past Sunday on Mother’s Day, I ran that first half marathon so I thought I’d share a bit about how it went. I’m still alive (obviously) but I walked like I was 88 years old for the next 2-3 days!
The race started at 6:30am so I got up at 5am and drank a cup of coffee and an Orgain Protein Shake and got dressed.
My race day gear consisted of a LuLuLemon Run Swiftly Tech long sleeve tee (I love how the sleeves go over your hands and there’s a hole for your thumb…it was 41 degrees at the start time) and LuluLemon Run Inspire Crops (flattering fit and they don’t fall down when you run!) and my Newton running shoes. No, LuluLemon is not cheap, but it’s made to be chafe-free and last for years of working out and it really is worth the money considering the quality. Since it’s expensive I only own a few Lulu things but I treat myself to something every now and then (and the crops I got as a gift from my sweet friend, Heather). But for long runs like this, Target workout gear just won’t cut it (and you all know I love me some Target goodies).
For hydration, I wore a Revenge R3O FuelBelt and filled the bottles with water and Clif Shots Electrolyte Replacement Drink powder (one scoop per bottle). I also carried 3 GU Energy Gels in Vanilla Bean (I have one 15 minutes prior to race time and one every 45 minutes or so along the way).
I recently bought the Women’s Yurbuds Ear Phones. They’re designed to stay in your ears for your whole run…and they do! My other ones would constantly slip out of my ears, especially if I started to sweat, which drove me nuts. I also wore my Garmin Forerunner 10 watch (I love knowing my time/distance/pace and this basic GPS watch does everything I need it to do).
I drank 16 oz of water on my drive to the race site. I brought a Clif Bar but I was too nervous to eat it.
One really cool thing about the watch: You can plug it into your computer at the end of the race to see all your lap times, negative splits, etc. (You’ll be prompted to download the Garmin Connect program which was a breeze to do). Here’s a screen shot of my data (the green shows you how hilly it was…which is likely why my hamstrings and quads were so sore for the next few days!). It also shows my speed and a map of the course. Another screen (not pictured) shows my mile by mile data.
I tried not to think about the overall mileage. I just took the run mile by mile and it wasn’t as daunting. I had 2.5 hours of my favorite music on my iphone and I just enjoyed the run and the fabulous weather (and let’s face it, as a mom of 3 little ones, the alone time to start the day was a bonus!). It’s definitely out of my comfort zone to go do something like this alone but I found it easy chatting with a few other runners while we waited for the race to start and they’d wave as we passed each other (parts of the course doubled back).
This is me and one of my best friends, Heather, who flew in from Boston to run with me. As bad luck would have it, she got a stress fracture in her foot a few weeks ago and couldn’t run the whole thing but she joined me for the last few miles…when I needed her most!). We are just past mile 13 here. So close to the finish line!
My husband and kids were waiting near the finish line (the Hubs snapped the above pic) so my son joined us and held my hand while I ran across the finish line which made me one proud momma!
So how did I do time wise? Well, I ran injured so I didn’t quite make my goal time of 2 hr 30min. I’ve been having major ITBS issues and every step of the last few miles was extremely painful. I finished just over my goal at 2 hr 39 minutes so, all things considered, I’m really happy with keeping about an average 5 mph pace the whole race. My main goal this first time around was just to finish. For the next one, I’ll work on my speed.
I actually averaged an 11 minute mile the first 5K of the race (my time at the 5K point was 34:38) and an 11:30 min mile the first 10K (my time at the 10K point was 01:11:23) but that’s when my knee started giving out on me and my average pace went down to 12 minute miles.
I just kept in mind how much I wanted to get the pink medal at the end of the race and put that “13.1” decal on my minivan (which totally makes it cooler to drive a minivan, right?)
So will I do it again? Absolutely! I just had a doc appointment to make sure my knee isn’t seriously injured and I’m still awaiting results but I plan to rest for the next two weeks and just do light walks, yoga, and some arm workouts with free weights. And then I plan to start the Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 Training Program for the half I’d like to do in October. Will I ever do a full? Hmm…to be honest running 26.2 sounds like it would get a bit boring but they say if you can do a half, you can do a full. So I think a full marathon is one of those bucket list things I’d like to do just once, but until I’m done with school and my kids are a wee bit older I don’t feel like I really have the time it takes to properly train for a full marathon. Until then, I plan to try to run two half marathons a year to keep me on track fitness wise and keep me motivated to run as often as I should.
And a major perk of burning a whole day’s worth of calories in one run? I definitely enjoyed a few of the mimosas my Mom and stepdad brought when they came out after the race to celebrate Mother’s Day! (That’s my lovely Momma on the right below).