First the 10 mostly non running related items:
- Nebraska has better roads than Kansas
- Skunks in Nebraska have below average intelligence/speed/self-preservation instinct
- Raccoons hold the same distinction in Kansas
- Drivers in Nebraska do not like to be passed (even if they are below the limit)
- A baseball diamond feels much bigger when you are required to run a lap around it at the end of a marathon
- Adults who watch road races seem most amused by their own signs regarding bodily functions
- It is not helpful when someone tells you, “It’s all downhill from here” at mile 25 when you are at the base of a hill you need to run up
- There are a disproportionate number of red cars in Nebraska (Cornhusker fans anyone?)
- I still have all my toenails, though one is in an uncertain state right now
- My car gets much better gas mileage on state/federal highways than it does on the interstate.
So the race…
It was slow. About 15 miles of it were quite agonizing. But I finished. 4:49. My goal was 4:20.
The first six miles felt okay, but I could tell my legs weren’t feeling it. From there I progressed from feeling a little off to pain. I have spent some time at the chiropractor recently having my SI joint worked on, and I am fairly sure it has slipped back into its previous incorrect position.
I became very mentally defeated when I realized I wouldn’t be able to meet my goal pace, BUT I knew that I had to get back to the start/finish line somehow, so I kept going. I spent miles 15-24 alternating run/walk at about a 6/10 of a mile, 4/10 of a mile ratio. I was able to keep my average mile pace right around 12 by doing that.
At mile 25 (on my watch) I sucked it up and decided to run the last 1 1/2 miles (my final distance on my watch was 26.57). My hip flexors were incredibly tight at this point, so the running/jogging/shuffling motion actually felt a little better than walking.
I finished strong with a 9:41 and 8:25 pace for the last portion of the race.
I am so happy that I completed my race and that I can now say, “I have run a marathon,” but I may never do that again. Half marathons are fun. The only thing fun at this race was the chocolate milk after the finish line, and it was fat free 😦 You’d think after a 3500 calorie burn we could have had some fat in it…..
The race itself was very well organized. I would definitely recommend it! Our weather was 100% perfect. Mid fifties to start, mid sixties with a breeze to finish.