On a whim last week I signed up for the Eugene Half Marathon. I may have had a mild case of insanity, the longest run I have done in the last 8 years is 8 miles. What’s another 5 miles right?
How did I prepare? I picked out my outfit the day before, that is it!
This is what I wore, and as my daughter pointed out it doesn’t match.
Shorts, sports bra, tank top, head band/hat, glasses, socks/shoes, ipod and my trusty Garmin watch (which wasn’t so trusty.)
I have always wondered how people run with belts and bottles, skirts and layers upon layers of clothes. I get so irritable with all that stuff bouncing around, and hot with all clothes tied around my waste, and agitated with any loose shorts or skirts. I am a real bore!
That is my favorite Sweaty Band in the picture.
As it turned out the race was on Mothers Day! Call me crazy, but I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day gift. The race started at 7am, which was early considering we had a 1 hour drive and I had to be there at 5:30am to pick-up my racing bib. My family was the best, they got up at 3:45am without complaining to accompany and support me.
We arrived, and check-in was easy peasy. I stretched out and headed to the starting line. In 2007 I ran the Eugene half marathon and finished in 1:51 a pace of about 8:30. I figured I was in better shape now, and my goal was to beat that time.
Before the race: Smiling
After the race: Still smiling, I had so much fun!
My running shoes were at the end of their life span and I had ordered new shoes the week prior to the race. I wore the new shoes which only had about 24 miles on them, this was NOT my best move. I just don’t run this far anymore and had forgotten how much chaffing and rubbing goes on. My poor feet had huge blisters and my legs had raw skin in places from the constant rub of the hem on my shorts. Not pleasant! Of course I wasn’t thinking about any of this until about 5 minutes after I crossed the finish line and began to realize what was hurting.
New shoes = big ol blisters
I finished with a time of 1:38:51 which was much better than I anticipated. Actually, I was shocked and didn’t believe it for a bit. I still can’t believe it. If there was not an official time, I would think there was an error!
170th out of 2182 runners and 4th in my age bracket. I was/am pretty stoked.
What now? – I got back at it last week, after a few days of easy running, I did a tough track workout that went pretty well. Could I sustain that pace another 13 miles… uh, no way, but, could I run a tad slower and finish 26miles? I don’t know. Call me crazy but I sort of want to find out, the only way to know is to…….