And then the sun and the humidity came out and ohmygod I wanted to die. In the end I finished in 3:46:13, which is a 17:17 minute mile average and slower than my previous best. So, not what I hoped for but the conditions were brutal and I know I wasn't the only one who struggled with time. Also, despite not finishing like I would have liked, overall I had a much better experience this year than last.
Second, I thought it might be fun to do this particular race recap a little bit different. Instead of just recapping, I'm going to give you a look into what thoughts ran through my head for those 13.1 miles.
Before: Oh HEY! There are the other CLE Marathon Ambassadors (or at least most of them). Picture time!
|Thanks to Melissa for posting this after the race!|
This was seriously the most amazing group of people I had an opportunity to connect with and I'm so glad I got to join them. So big thanks to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon for selecting me as one of the Ambassadors for the 2015 race. I will definitely be applying again in the future.
Mile 1: What the hell did I get myself into? At least it's overcast and there is some rain to cool me off.
Mile 2: Okay, I'm feeling good. Starting to get my groove now. This isn't so bad.
Mile 3: Hi Tremont! Hi sleeping friends!
Mile 4: This whole Run-Walk-Run Galloway Method really is the bees knees. I'm glad I found it sooner rather than later.
Mile 5: If I had signed up for the 10K like I originally planned I would be nearly done. Probably not the best thing to be thinking at this point in the race.
Mile 6: Oh, sweet! According to my split time I'm totally on pace to PR!
|Why yes, I did sign up for my own LiveTracker results lol|
Mile 7: THANK YOU random stranger who had her sprinkler on for all of us runners. You are officially my new best friend.
Mile 8: Spectator recognized me from the very first ever Told event which was well over a year ago. I'M FAMOUS.
Mile 9: Time check. Oof. That PR is gonna be a close one. The fact that I desperately had to stop and use the porta-potty about half a mile back probably not gonna help. At least I didn't have to wait in line.
Mile 10: Oh. My. God. This humidity. I just want to kill Mother Nature right now and I still have three fucking miles to go.
Mile 11: Time check. Ugh. Not going to PR. Boo.
Mile 12: I'm never ever ever doing a stupid half marathon ever again.
Mile 13: Just keep running, just keep running, just keep running.
Finish Line: Hey! I'm now a three time half-marathoner! Ooh! My medal! Ooh! Chocolate Milk!
Later, after shower, a nap, and some food: Legs are sore and I can barely walk but, I mean, in the end, it wasn't that bad....
I had said if I PRed I'd buy this Champion Charm Bracelet and my Sissy is telling me that I still should. I think she's worried that by not getting the time I wanted I'm diminishing the accomplishment of finishing my third half-marathon. It's not that, it's just, I set that as a reward for completing a goal I didn't get. So it feels like it would be cheating.
But then, see, I was thinking and perhaps trying to figure out a way to get it because, let's face it, I want the bracelet, and while I didn't get a personal half-marathon record, I did get a course record. My first half-marathon was the Rock n' Roll Cleveland Half. That's the one I ran in 3:37:53. When I ran the Rite Aid Cleveland Half last year I finished in 4:12:38 so technically, this year's 3:46:31 is a record for me, just not the one I was aiming for. So does that count?
Love from the ashes,