Lessons from my trip to Omaha (and race recap)

First the 10 mostly non running related items:

  1. Nebraska has better roads than Kansas
  2. Skunks in Nebraska have below average intelligence/speed/self-preservation instinct
  3. Raccoons hold the same distinction in Kansas
  4. Drivers in Nebraska do not like to be passed (even if they are below the limit)
  5. A baseball diamond feels much bigger when you are required to run a lap around it at the end of a marathon
  6. Adults who watch road races seem most amused by their own signs regarding bodily functions
  7. 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
  8. There are a disproportionate number of red cars in Nebraska (Cornhusker fans anyone?)
  9. I still have all my toenails, though one is in an uncertain state right now
  10. My car gets much better gas mileage on state/federal highways than it does on the interstate.

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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.

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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.

 

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