This weekend was a busy one. I left Thursday night out to Chicago and left Friday morning for a 6 hour drive to Traverse City, Michigan for a wedding. My poor (Chicago) friend Kim realized when we arrived at the hotel that she had forgotten her dress! We had a few hours until the wedding so we asked the front desk guy for some places to go. We raced to a shopping plaza and were able to find a dress at Sears for Kim. Thank goodness we found one AND it was on sale too! The wedding was a lot of fun and Dave and I got to reunite with some friends we don’t get to see too much.
Congrats Trevor and Amber!!! Oh and check out Amber’s food blog…she made an amazing lavender mint lemonade for her wedding! I can’t wait for her to post the recipe!
The next morning Dave and I had to head out on the 6 hour drive back to Chicago and then our flight back to Boston. We arrived in Boston around 10. While we were waiting for the bus to take us to the T, a man had asked for directions. We ended up talking to the man for a while and found out that he came from Germany for a conference and this was his first time in the US. He is working on getting his PhD and is researching fuel cell technology. He was so nice and told us to let him know if we ever go to Germany! Hm…maybe a trip to Germany is in our near future….FUN! I love meeting new random people!
Anyway, as soon as we got home we got everything ready for the BAA Half Marathon (we had registered for the race before we knew about the wedding and wanted to try to make it back in time to still run it, otherwise, we would have stayed to enjoy more of Michigan!)
I tried to convince my (running/preschool) friend Kim to wear her red sparkle skirt so that we could get some more use out of them besides for Ragnar Relay but she was more in a shorts kind of mood. I realized I didn’t have any clean shorts that I wanted to wear, so had to hand wash some and threw them in the dryer so that they could be dry in time.
Dave and I got up just a little before 5 AM and each made our breakfast. I had oatmeal with some strawberry jam (a delicious wedding favor from the wedding this weekend!) and peanut butter. Dave had a pumpkin bagel with peanut butter.
We met with Carrie and her friends Steve and Kacy at 6 AM to catch the T to get on a shuttle bus. The T was really convenient because we didn’t have to switch lines or anything.
We got there an hour and a half early, but I’d rather be super early than super late! We hit the porta potties. They were probably the cleanest porta potties I had ever seen! Some of them weren’t even open yet-they were locked with a ziptie! After the porta potty trip, we picked up our technical tees. I think they are cute!
People from my running club were congregating for a group picture before the start. After the picture, Dave and I kind of wanted to go to the porta potties one more time, but the line was way too long. Instead, we headed to the start. We camped out in the front of the 9:00 pace section. I really was excited for this race for two reasons:
- It was Dave’s first half marathon AND
- I wasn’t really aiming for a PR or anything. I decided to use this as a training run. Aim for 9:00 pace and if I feel good, go faster. If I don’t feel good go slower.
For the first couple of miles, I had tried to keep up with Dave, but he was going a little too fast for me. I ended up starting a little faster than I had expected, but I was feeling good. So, I decided to run a fartlek half marathon! I would run fast for some parts and slow down for others. It was so much fun!
The course was so beautiful and we even go to run through Franklin Park Zoo. I started to laugh out loud as soon as we passed the giraffe section…before the race, Dave had asked, “Do we get to run through the zoo? Maybe we can run by the giraffes! That’d be cool.” haha. Well we did! I also loved that there were so many opportunities to see other runners due to the out and back sections. I saw so many people from my running club, Sarah from DailyMile and a few friends from high school!
I was hoping that my one handheld water bottle would suffice, but it was pretty hot out and I was drinking a lot! Around mile 7 I saw Carrie who had some water for me just in case. I had grabbed the bottle and was going to transfer it to my handheld bottle. But instead, she grabbed it from me and did it for me! Thank you so much Carrie! It was such a help! And here is the awkward exchange…
I kept chugging along and finished the race with flying colors. This is definitely a race I want to try to do again next year!
My race stats:
As for Dave…he did so well for his first half marathon! Like me, he carried his own water but instead of a handheld, he used his CamelBack. He paced himself well by going somewhat conservatively up until mile 8. Then he started to pick it up a bit more. In the end, he had said he felt like he could have gone a little faster. But I told him that is fine and better than if he went too fast! You definitely want to make sure you FINISH your first half marathon. Congrats Dave!!
Avg 7:49 pace
Have you ever forgotten something important when you went on a far trip?
I forgot my Garmin one time for a race. I was bummed, but used my phone and iMapMyRun app!
Did you have any races this weekend?
Good luck to those running the Tufts Women’s 10k! And hope all you Chicago Marathoners survived the heat ok!!!
What is one of your fave pre-race meals?
Have you ever met a very friendly stranger?