- 1 week ago
I feel like this weekend flew by! It was filled with running and spending time with my family, which is great since I’ll be moving out of Georgia in April. I’m so happy that I signed up for the Snickers Half Marathon (which is in my hometown!) with my older brother JT. Although I was (and am) very exhausted, it was a great race!
The tiredness started on Friday when I decided to not drink coffee so that I could go to bed early. I never realized how dependent I was on coffee, that’s something I need to change. However, it worked because I was tucked in bed by 10:30 PM with my alarm set for 5:15 AM.
I woke up and was actually filled with a lot of excitement. I couldn’t believe how hyper I was at so early in the morning. My brother was the same way, even though he was suffering from little sleep due to his demanding job. My mom, sister, brother, and I finished getting ready and arrived at the race about 20 minutes before it started. This gave us time to find our pace group and see some old friends running the race.
JT runs between a 9:30-10 min/mile and I had been running between 9-9:30, so we agreed to stay in the 10:07 pace group. The race includes a marathon and is actually a Boston qualifier, which meant there were a LOT of people from all over. With all of the people and both races starting at the same time, JT and I were pretty far back in the crowd. In fact, we couldn’t even hear the announcements being made. We were both surprised by the starting gun shot! But it definitely got us moving!
The gunshot really must have surprised me because I started the race having to the bathroom really bad. I tried to ignore it and focus. JT & I did a pretty good job maintaining that 10:07 pace for the first mile, but we ran faster without meaning to! I think that happened because I really had to use the bathroom. I decided to stop at around mile four. Porta-potties are grody!!!!
Even after I used the bathroom, we still ran faster than our original pace. At one point, JT realized we were running an 8:30 min/mile! We were pretty stoked. But we toned it back down at around mile 9. And after mile 10, we began walking through the water stations. I think it was mainly because I accidentally spilled all of my water on a volunteer while I tried to grab my water…. Oops…..
I was completely over the race at mile 11. I just wanted it to be over. Luckily, JT had hit his runner’s high which motivated me. I was so glad we were in this together, until we got to the finish line and homeboy shoved me! He didn’t mean to. A girl we had passed a while back came from out of nowhere and JT’s competitiveness kicked in. He began sprinting and I was just caught in the fire. He crossed at 2:02:49, I crossed at 2:02:52. We probably could have completed at around 1:58 if I hadn’t used the bathroom. But oh well. We had fun!! It was a lot of fun teasing one another during the race (daring each other to scream at random people, playfully pushing each other, etc) and just being silly with one another.
The route is super flat and it’s a definitely runner’s race, so I recommend this for all the serious runners. The only issues I had was that the route was too residential, a bit confusing, and narrow. I was so over running through neighborhoods because people would just stare at us. No cheering. Just staring. Liiiiiiiiiike stahp. It was also unclear which side of the cones we should run on (at one minute it was too the left and at another it was too the right). The narrow route made it sort of hard for JT and I to run side by side. The narrowest part was towards the finish line, and that’s why the swinging of his arms caused me to stumble.
The medals are shaped like turtles (popular in the area). S’cute!
This was the first time in a year that I was able to run this much without stopping. I felt a little crappy after the run and never wanted to run again, but now I know that me being ~*dRaMaTic*~ and I’m ready to sign up for another one! I love racing so much And it was so much fun running my bro!
Now to roll the mess out of my muscles!
- 1 week ago
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- 1 week ago
The Snickers Albany Half Marathon is in THREE days. I can’t believe this will be my third half! So excited!
I’m taking it kind of easy this week, since I kicked it up a notch a few days ago and with the race this weekend. Therefore, I am interval-training this week until the big day.
I was just going to run three miles, but I realized that I am so close to breaking 50 miles this month! So, I ran four this morning and I’m going to do three on Thursday. The weather has been BEAUTIFUL in Atlanta, (for once!) so I have been taking advantage of it.
Speaking of weather, there is only a 20% chance of rain this weekend! Hoping that there is NO rain this weekend!
Now to leave for work!
- 2 weeks ago
Easy two mile run on Tuesday, interval three mile run on Thursday, and a 6.5 mile run for today with the goal to not take walking breaks. Runs with mileage over four miles always make me nervous, because I don’t want to get injured. Today’s planned run gave me even more anxiety because I finally came to terms that the Snickers Albany Half Marathon is in ONE week. So naturally I procrastinated with the excuse, “I should wait until it’s warmer since it’s warmer in Albany.” …Whatever
Well…I did it!! I ran without taking any breaks! The weather was PERFECT. I just wanted to stay in the sun all day, so I accidentally ran seven miles. I didn’t even have any knee pain (except for when I had to sprint because two dogs were chasing me. Le sigh…)! I wanted to just keep running and enjoy all of my surroundings, but I knew that would not be the best thing for me to do before a big race considering my ongoing knee problems.
Regardless, I’m pleased with my performance today. I mean, look at my stats!! Fastest mile was at the end!!!!
Today has given me a so much confidence! Now I am super excited about next weekend!!
To reward myself, I will eat the leftover peanut butter french toast from yesterday’s brunch ;)
- 2 weeks ago
- 2 weeks ago
As a reward for running a half last week, I ran a slow, relaxing pace this week short distances. I did intervals on Tuesday, slow pace on Thursday, and a ran a 5k with no walking breaks on Saturday. Nothing too exciting.
The Albany Half is in a little over a week. Although my goal for this race changed from PR to just finishing, I’m excited! It will be cool to run such a race in my hometown and to run with my brother.
This week, I’m hoping to run a 5K tomorrow, interval-run on Thursday, and end it with a 6.5-mile run on Saturday. I would really like to run that straight, but I’ll have to wait to see how my knee feels.
Have a great week!