Happy Sunday! I drove home this afternoon, and decided to put my race recap up right away!
Just to refresh: I signed up for the Monster Dash Half because my friend Ellie wanted to do her first half marathon, and I wanted to be a part of that fun event instead of watching from the sidelines.
Our supportive friend Kayla ran right by her side the entire time! While I attempted to keep up for the first couple miles, but ultimately my training wasn’t on par with theirs.We started by lining up with the 2:15 pacer. My legs were tight, my breathing was off and I barely got to enjoy the beautiful houses we were running by. Around Mile 4 I felt a tap on my butt! Kayla and Ellie had taken a bathroom break and I had passed them! Unfortunately they breezed right on past me, but just knowing that I had been ahead of them for a short while lifted my spirits. I ran from the start all the way to mile 7 without taking a walking break (other than water stops)!! This is huge for me.
Around mile 7 there was a monster hill, and I decided it was time to take an extra walk break. I stayed strong until mile 9. It felt like the longest mile in the world. We had a head wind, and I was done. I started dreaming of the 10 mile race. We were on the exact same course. I debated if they would give me a medal for the 10 mile if I just slipped into their finishers shoot instead of continuing on the course. But I also wanted to see what my time could be, I was 2 hours in, and if things went well, I would beat my Minneapolis Half time. If things went really well, my chip time might have been able to beat my 2012 Garry Bjorklund Half time as well!
Miles 10-13 were a struggle. I would jog, I would notice runners who had been near me before the start. But my quads were tight, my ankles/Achilles felt very strange, and I knew that I hadn’t trained for this. Once I could finally see the finish line I started to push it. A fit woman in a Pocahontas outfit was in front of me, and I was able to pass her in the final moments before the finish line. And as I crossed, I saw my wonderful friends waiting for me. My breath caught, I wondered if I was going to cry, but ultimately it was a great day! I had some tough moments in the final miles of the race, but with a finish time of 2:36:ish, I am 7 minutes faster than I was in June!! You can barely see the water bottle in my hand, but I held that the entire race, I didn’t finish it, but kept it as a back up in case the water stops were empty…I was nervous with such a large race, but Team Ortho did a great job!
Do you keep up with friends? Or run your own race?