This past Sunday I set out to do something I had never done before: run a half marathon with the kind of training that you would expect someone to do for a 10k. Yep, I was completely under trained to be running 13.1 miles but I was signed up to do it and sometimes you just gotta do what you got to do. Plus I really wanted the medal and in some weird way I wanted to punish myself for not training properly. I’m weird, I know.
Since Chris was running the Back to the Beach 10k, I got to have some company for the drive over to Stony Creek. With it only being a half hour away from our house it was nice to have a short drive to a race for a change! We got to the starting area with plenty of time to do all those pre-race things that us runners do and I even got to meet Detroit Runner in real life. He does exist! Although I don’t have a picture to prove it because I didn’t think about it at the time. Oh well, you will just have to believe that I saw him.
Eventually it was time for me to line up at the start since the half marathon started first. I lined up near the back because of that whole no training thing that I mentioned above. There was actually a wave start for the half but it wasn’t long after the first wave that I crossed the start line too.
My plan for the race was to run for 5 minutes and then walk for 1 minute and then repeat. However, as like most races go, I was feeling good at the beginning and didn’t really follow that. At about mile 5-6 my body felt fine but my breathing felt labored and I was wheezing. (Thank you asthma.) As per usual, I used my inhaler before the race but since I was feeling so miserable I decided to use it again even thought that is not recommended. And guess what? I felt a million times better and didn’t have any more problems with my breathing for the rest of the race! I wish I would have done that in other races where I struggled with my breathing. Lesson learned.
After the 6 mile mark, my body was starting to protest. My knees in particular were hurting. (Hello again runners knee.) They absolutely did not want me running up the hills. At. All. So I obliged and walked up the hills and I also started taking my walking breaks like I had planned. Sometimes even more often than planned.
From there until about mile 11 I was feeling ok. Once I hit mile 11, it was a definite struggle and the last half mile of the race was pure torture. But then I crossed the finish line, got an awesome medal, met up with the bf and got some food and all the agony was forgotten. Ok, not forgotten but at least it all seemed worth it.
Since this was my first time running Back to the Beach I wasn’t sure how I would end up liking it. But I LOVED it and it is definitely a race that I will be doing again. I loved that a lot of the course was on the trails, some of which I had run when I did some trail running a couple of weeks back and the scenery was absolutely beautiful! The volunteers and the aid stations were AMAZING! Sometimes with trail running you don’t really get a lot of people cheering you on but I didn’t feel that way at this race. All of the volunteers were very enthusiastic and encouraging. One of the aid stations had orange slices which are always a refreshing treat during a race! Another station had beer, although I didn’t partake and there were a handful of stations that were giving out wet cool towels which were the BOMB!
The race swag for this race couldn’t be beat either! In addition to the finisher’s medal I got a great tech shirt and a pint glass!
This race will definitely be going on my must must-do list of races and as I told the boyfriend, I want to get a full set of glasses anyways, having just one doesn’t seem right! 😉
Who else raced this weekend?
Didn’t race? What were you up to?