Saturday, September 29, 2007

1:54:10

There will be time for reflection later: I ran a half marathon!

The short story: I woke up early and slathered my leg in BioFreeze before heading to Akron and finding a parking spot within seconds (I thought you might have been worried). After jogging to the race area and hitting the bathroom, I slurped down a GU and got in position for the start. I wasn’t very strategic in my starting position, which I regretted when I got stuck in the jam behind the 9:00/mile pacer for the first 2+ miles.

My calf went from numb to dire to erased by adrenaline, but I finished my first half marathon in 1:54:10 (8:43/mile), which was good enough for 23/126 in my age group.

And the cupcake report: I had a hazelnut cupcake and took a “You must be chipping me” home. My running-stale stomach just wouldn’t have appreciated it the way such things should be loved.

But most importantly: thanks to Melissa, Jeff and Vincent for being my fan club and meeting me at the finish. It was the crowning moment of my race season to have you there. High fives to Stef, Dane and Ethan for hitting Main Street Cupcakes with us to celebrate. And a billion thanks to everyone who has given me words of encouragement and help over my whiney obstacles.

Ahh, running. It takes a village.

What a happy day! More on the race later…

9 comments:

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The Salty One said...

Nice job, G!! I just saw the results. Major congrats to you!!!!!!!!!!!! (sorry--I used the wrong sign-in so it's me who deleted that first message).

B Bop said...

Congrats!!

Kate said...

Congratulations!

That's freaky close to my first half time!

Landon said...

Well done. Be proud of it.

JenC said...

Great job G! You ran an awesome race! I dream of being that fast some day!

kelsalynn said...

I am amazed by how fast you can run! You have some speedy legs on you girl! Great race!

KelsaLynn

miss petite america said...

yeah! yeah! yeah!!!!! i knew you would rock it out!

can't wait to hear the extended race report.

oh and i did find my nike sensor but after my 20 miler found out the sensor battery is low, so if you really do want to take your nike plus out for a marathon, email me at seejennrun_78 at yahoo.com and we can arrange mailing! you rock chica!

Joe said...

> 1:54:10

Wowzers! That's a solid time. Great job! You must be very happy.

> I woke up early and slathered
> my leg in BioFreeze

BioFreeze is awesome!

> I wasn’t very strategic in my
> starting position, which I regretted
> when I got stuck in the jam

Doh! Rookie mistake! Hehe.