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Teresa's First Half Marathon - and I lived to tell about it, too! (very long) (Read 373 times)

    Whoo hoo! My friend Martha and I did it! Cheffy's right - what a great feeling! Before I go any further, I want to thank those of you who said we should check out the course ahead of time. If we had just gone on the word of the people at registration ("Oh, no, it's not a hilly course."), we would have been in big trouble! But since we did 12 miles ahead of time, and drove the last part, we knew what to expect. It actually seemed LESS hilly to me this time - I think I had built it up in my mind as being worse than it was. Summary: Maine Coast HM, York, Maine Weather: Sunny. 54F at start, 70F at end. Warmer than we expected, but OK with the cool breeze off the ocean. Wardrobe: Pink Nike "Human Race" shirt I got on sale, steel blue shorts (not sure what brand), Underarmour cap (black, so not color coordinated, but that's tough), Asics GT-2130 shoes, wicking socks, BodyGlide, Blister Shield Powder. It all worked great - no chafing or blisters! Race strategy: Run 1 minute / walk 1 minute, and repeat over and over and over... Original non-stop running goal time, before I got injured: 2:30 Revised goal time, based on run/walk practice session: 2:42 Actual time (they had a start mat and a finish mat, hooray, so my official time matched my Garmin time!): 2:31:36. Race stuff: Cool purple and white, short-sleeved tech shirt with a lighthouse on the front. On the back, it says, "All Women, and One Lucky Guy" (a 50-something man who got in through a lottery - I saw him afterwards, and he said he finished in 1:59:03). A great medal with a lighthouse on it, hanging from a purple and white ribbon - hmm, women must have been in charge, if they worried about coordinating the ribbon with the shirt color! My day got off to a rough start. I knew our car's tire had a slow leak, but DH thought it would be OK for the weekend (before he left town with our other car!!). But I thought I should doublecheck, and sure enough, it was flat as a pancake! Arghh! I didn't think Martha would be ready in time to drive north 30 minutes to pick me up and then go south for almost an hour and a half. So I opened the phone book and picked a taxi company at random. We live in the boonies, so I didn't know if it would work. But they were GREAT (ASAP Taxi Company, for you Mainers). They actually spoke English and showed up in about 20 minutes. Frank was a great driver and heard more about running than he probably wanted to know! He said, "You seem so happy!" It was cool. I got to Martha's house at just the right time. Before I left the house, I thought I should glance at my list of stuff to take, although I was sure I hadn't forgotten anything. Uh, "Garmin" was written at the top of my list, and I definitely would have forgotten it if I hadn't made out the list last night. Yikes, where was my head? I felt like I'd had about 20 Cokes to drink, I was so hyper. We got to York High School shortly after 8 am, and the race was scheduled for 9. It still felt chilly, so we looked at the vendors' displays for a little while, and then went outside to watch the HM walkers start. Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, spoke for a minute and then started their race. Martha and I then warmed up for half a mile. I never thought I'd be running any BEFORE doing a HM! It felt good, so I was encouraged. No twinges from my arch or ankle. We started out at the back of the pack, since we were planning on walking some. Of course, that meant we were kind of boxed in, and running at our faster interval pace was tricky. We decided to run three minutes straight at the start because of the flow of the race. Then we settled in for our 1 min/1 min ratio. Martha had to reign me in, I was so pumped up! I really liked using the Galloway method. The group of women we were in were mostly running non-stop (except towards the end, when they were tired). Even so, our overall pace matched theirs pretty well. We played leapfrog the entire way with them. We tried to be considerate and get out of their way when we walked. It was hard some of the time, though, because the course wasn't closed, and we were dealing with Sunday drivers, tourists, and bicyclists! One pickup truck with high school girls came screaming by us on a residential street, so Martha and I yelled, "SLOW DOWN!" at them. Our splits were 10:51, 10:53, 10:38, 11:07, 11:04, 11:04, 11:07, 11:28, 11:47, 11:27, 11:53, 12:10, and 12:41. I'm happy with that, because we just tried to run our fastest and not worry about whether we were speeding up or slowing down. Our overall pace turned out to be 11:35, which was great! My 12-mile pace last week was 12:27. I checked my log, and my longest run before I got injured, 11.5 miles non-stop, was 11:21! I felt great until about mile 12, and then my calves started talking to me a little. But they held up OK, and we made it to the end, together. They thoughtfully had chairs just beyond the finish line, so I slumped into one and a nice girl who runs for York High School took off my chip. They'd already run out of pizza by the time we finshed, so we just had a banana. Pizza sounded good, so I just called Domino's to get some delivered to our house! I will also be making myself a gin and tonic shortly. So our first HM was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to doing another one and improving on my time. THANKS AGAIN to all you great RA folks. You've made it a fun, fairly painless adventure! Big grin
      ((((((( HUGE HUG TO MY SISTER ))))))))) Hooray girl! Told ya' you would do great! It doesn't matter what kind of crap has been thrown at our older running bodies, we took it, and served it back! Smile It should make you very proud to be where you are today, You are a true friend, and I am so happy for you. I look forward to our training together for the next one. Enjoy your accomplishment, and celebrate yourself today. You earned every single bit of it. I am truly proud! xxooo Cheffy

      2015 Goal : " Be my own Hero" 

       " Choose Joy"

        Dear Teresa, I'm so happy for you and this great accomplishment! I always look forward to all of your posts because they are so thoughtful and positive... And this one is the best! I'm wishing you a relaxing evening to top off a fabulous day, Ayola PS Kudos to RP Martha!



          Absolutely great, I am really glad it went so well for you, all the hard work paid off! Simon.

          PBs since age 60:  5k- 24:36, 10k - 47:17. Half Marathon- 1:42:41.

                                              10 miles (unofficial) 1:16:44.


          Prince of Fatness

            Nice, Teresa. Real nice. Congratulations. I'll tell you, reading these race reports never gets old. Another happy runner! Way to go.


              Teresa, great race report. I have tears in my eyes and everything. Congratulations on a great accomplishment. You couldn't have done it better.* What a way to train for the distance and accomplish your goals. I'm sooooo excited for you, and for your friend Martha. Thanks for coming back to tell us about it and encouraging us as we prepare for our own races. Karina *except--where are the pictures? Wink

              Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Heb. 12:1b)
              Mile by Mile

                Thanks, guys! Cheffy, I feel the same about you! It will be fun to see how we improve. I didn't bring a camera, and we didn't have anyone there to cheer us on (DH would have come if I'd asked, but I knew he would go nuts standing around that long!). I'm hoping the race photographer gets a few good shots, but almost every time we saw a guy with a fancy camera, we were walking! The finish line photo should be OK, though. We got a card that said the photos will be available online on Thursday, so I have to be patient. I feel fine today, not sore at all. That's a pleasant surprise! Smile
                  I wish I could say that I am NOT SORE..... OMG!! Shocked

                  2015 Goal : " Be my own Hero" 

                   " Choose Joy"

                    Double Post.... OOoopps

                    2015 Goal : " Be my own Hero" 

                     " Choose Joy"

                      Teresa, Great job, I'm proud of you. You stuck it out even with the injury and came back and completed it. So if anyone asks you for advice, I hope you'll tell them to see the course first hand? Larry


                      "Today I broke my record for most consecutive days lived!"

                      IMKY13 finish!!

                        A great medal with a lighthouse on it
                        I hope you post a picture of it...would love to see it Smile Beside, you need to show it off...you earned it!!

                        Fitness/weight goals for 2014


                        1) STAY INJURY FREE!!!

                        2) Get to 189 lbs by the end of July 2014...and stay there (as of 4-25-14 was at 203 lbs)

                        3) Complete Ironman Chattanooga in under 14 hours

                        4) Break 4 hours in a stand alone marathon (Goal race=Rocket City 12/13/14)

                        5) 4,500 total overall miles for the year:

                                 Swim: 100 miles

                                 Bike: 3,000 miles

                                 Run: 1,400 miles

                          Great work Teresa!
                            I hope you post a picture of it...would love to see it Smile Beside, you need to show it off...you earned it!!
                            OK, thanks for asking!
                              Great picture, what a smile and what a waist.
                              OK, thanks for asking!


                              "Today I broke my record for most consecutive days lived!"