Our first half marathon is in the books.
We signed up in October- and thus began our haphazard training.
We have tried this before, but a few weeks into training we get bored and distracted and eventually fizzle out.
We aren’t big fans of adding things to our schedule, so it wasn’t a smooth transition for us.
There were weeks that we did fairly well, and there were weeks that we got to Sunday and realized we kind of forgot to train.
But instead of skipping the following week- this time we made it a point to jump back in and ignore the bump in the road.
That was a big step for us.
Our sister in law, Wendy, was a huge help- she kept reminding me that it wasn’t about how fast we went, it was about getting the distance in. That really helped keep me from giving up when I couldn’t run the entire distance.
I give up on things that I don’t like really easily.
And I can honestly say I don’t like running.
But I want to.
So the fact that I couldn’t run the entire scheduled training session but did the distance anyway- huge in my book.
So we kept at it as much as we could and race weekend finally rolled around.
It was a whirlwind. (It’s Wednesday now and I think I am just now starting to catch up.)
We left Friday at 530ish and got to Ft Worth by 11 and settled in for sleep by 1 or so.
We were back up and getting ready at 430.
Shuttle was at 615 I think. The adult 5k wasn’t until 8 or 830 and the kid 5k wasn’t until 9 or 930 , I don’t know, I’ve already forgotten.
But anyway that was the last shuttle time- so we got there crazy early and wandered the expo for a while.
Wendy and her mom and the girls got there I guess around 7 or 730.
Joseph and Wendy got in their corrals for the 5k and they both did great! Wendy did what she was supposed to do- she took it nice and easy- more of a shake out run before the marathon and nothing more.
Joseph pushed himself and ran the whole 5k- at about a 10 minute pace- he did awesome. I’m so proud of him and how he’s taken this training on.
Afterward we got the girls in their corral for the 5k.
They did so great! Hannah is amazing. She embraces things with a passion that is contagious. We signed the girls up for the kids 5k in January and her and her cousin were running up and down the hallway not 5 minutes later- training.
Afterward we spent the rest of the afternoon just kind of hanging out really. Nothing major.
Later in the evening we went to Wendy’s uncle’s to drop the kids off with Wendy’s parents and to have Wendy follow us back to the hotel. We got all the way to the hotel when Wendy’s dad called and told her that she left her race bib for Sunday- so she had to drive ALL the way back to go get it.
I think we managed to get to sleep by 11 or so- so still not a ton of sleep but better.
Sunday we were up at 4 and out the door by 530. The shuttles were much fuller and they couldn’t take everyone that was waiting.
So we all stood outside in line in the freezing wind wait for the next one.
We got there, went in to the expo hall (expo was packed up already), got in line to pee, then we waited.
Wendy was in corral 2 and we were in 8 so she went out to line up first then we followed a few minutes later.
Then it was time to go! The energy at the starting line is a lot of fun. Electric. Everyone is excited, music is blaring, people are jumping up and down to stay warm. There is an energy that makes you feel like you are right where you’re supposed to be in the world.
We started off pretty well, then my lungs started to fizzle and so we walked a lot of the course. Ran when I felt like it. I wasn’t upset by this at all- I knew I’d be walking a lot. I’ve been waiting and waiting for my lungs to catch up with my legs during this round of training and it just hasn’t happened yet.
Joseph kept encouraging me and telling me that we could go just a bit faster- “come on a little faster you can do it just a little faster” I started getting very frustrated- like I wasn’t doing good enough- at about mile 6 I started crying and snapped at him.
My 5am bagel had worn off and I was done.
My legs were tired, I didn’t want to go any more.
He was a little more cautious of how he encouraged me after that.
Poor guy. (Sorry Joseph lol) I felt so bad for snapping at him- it’s not really our thing.
But after my little meltdown I found more energy and sped up.
After that though anytime someone on the side cheered us on- if they said you’ve got this, you’re doing it, you’re going to finish, you rock, you’re a beast- I teared up.
And that pissed me off.
I hate encouragement apparently.
Actually I think it was because I was starting to realize that I was going to finish and it was really emotional to realize I was actually going to do it. I think in the back of my mind I was expecting myself to not be able to.
However- Wendy OMG. We were tracking her as we were going on the app and she was rocking it. Staying right on track to hit her goal of a sub 4hour marathon. Then we got a text from her (she doesn’t text when she’s running). She did something to her leg and was going to have to slow down.
I was freaking out- I sped up thinking that I’d be able to get to her or something.
I just wanted to get to her to make sure she was ok.
The medics asked her to stop multiple times and she refused. Stubborn girl. I felt horrible for her. I still feel horrible for her. But she’s taking it all in stride and will be fine.
Waiting for her to get to the finish line was the most difficult part of the day it turned out.
I was really worried. She finally got to the finish line and bowed (literally) and medics ran to her and took her to the medical tent. They couldn’t do anything other than say yep you hurt your leg- you need to go see a doctor lol. *eye roll*
We hobbled her to the runner’s food table and to get her finisher shirts and her cowbell medal. Then to the shuttle to the hotel to get cleaned up. She’s one of my heroes. For sure.
We met up with her parents, the kids, and Joseph’s mom (she came up to see us) at a bbq restaurant for lunch then we all headed home. It rained most of the drive home.
All in all it was a great weekend- Monday we were shot though.
Our bodies were sore and our minds were foggy.
And we were hungry all day!
It took us an hour to write a grocery list lol.
I burnt a pot of beans.
I roasted veggies and forgot them in the oven after I turned it off.
Joseph asked me a really simple question (something like so you think they’re going to replace the electrical poles? I had just told him I thought they were going to replace the poles) and it took me about 30 seconds to think about the answer.
We went to bed at 9, we wanted to go to bed at 8 but we both knew that would have meant were up and ready for the day at 3am Tuesday.
So now on to the next running goal for the year. (I set about 6 running goals for 2017, completing this half was the first one.)