Monday, September 01, 2008

OAKBROOK HALF-MARATHON

For the first time today, I was running a half with no nerves or planning at all. I set my clothes out last night and seriously looked at it as a training run. My friend, Snips, had never run a half before today and I was just going to run with her. I packed no water or Gu. Snips had already got my race packet for me and we met up at 6am.

Nether of us realized that this was the inaugural race. There was such a large line of runners picking up their packets that they charged the started the race 15 min. late. After the start of around 2000 runners it immediately changes from the street to a trail which lead to alot of bumping around. We passed 2 miles before I realized it and came to the first water stop. there was water but no cups. Note to self- always bring fuel belt.

For some reason, I thought this would be a flat course. It was Chicagoland and we don't have hills. Snips and I found many on this course. It was a beautiful course though.

It was very shady for the first half. Snips was running very strong. We walked through the water stops after the first one. We chatted the entire time and caught up on many things. The miles clicked by until about 10. We walked through the water stop and went to cross a big road and the police let the traffic go and stopped us. We waited and more runners were lining up to cross finally we were allowed to go. I looked at my watch and was shocked at the time- 2:01 @ 10 miles. I was on pace for a PR.

The final 3 miles were more hills and no shade. The temperature was rising quickly. I was getting tired but I did not want to slow down. When we got to 12 , my watch said 2:2?. My previous PR was 2:51:10. Secretly today I hoped to break 2:50. As we approached the finish, Snips said lets push it. She took off. She had alot left. I pushed and came in right behind her. We gave each other a big high 5 and hug. She had a medal and her first Half-marathon. I had a PR. I hit the button on my watch and it said 2:39:56. We looked at each other and headed for the free beer to celebrate. What a Day! It was a big boost to my confidence.

Waddling with a PR.....................

11 comments:

TRIHARDCHIK said...

Great job! It's amazing how well we can do at times with very little pre-race prep! Good for you! I'm so glad you had a great day--you deserve it!

Irene said...

That's just amazing! Congratulations on a new HM PR!

J~Mom said...

Very nice!! Congratulations!

TRI TO BE FUNNY said...

Great PR!! How incredibly inspiring :-)

cindy said...

Very awesome PR!! Sounds like you had a good time, too. How nice to still have some energy to push it at the end. You are a strong runner :)

21stCenturyMom said...

That is SO awesome. It makes that yearning for a 3 hour half but a distant memory. There's a lesson in here somewhere about the beauty of not over thinking a race.

Joe said...

How cool is this!!!!! Wow!!! Mega congrats!! A hilly course, no big plan, talking much of the way and a big time PR...plus pulling Snips through to her first HM!! This is just awesome!

This is a real encouragement...the base you built in the tri training surely paid off here. And this is a wonderful launching pad to Chicago Marathon, just a few weeks off now.

Great job!!!

IronSnoopy said...

Yay you! Awesome job, waddler! That's almost a minute per mile faster than your PR.

You are so going to break 6 hours it's not even funny.

:) :) :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Woooooot! Nice PR!!

Fe-lady said...

CONGRATS on your PR!
(Hope you had a beer for me too!)

Vickie said...

Woo hoo! I told you you would be strong for that marathon! Great job!

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