Yesterday I ran a fun race. Fun because it is close to where I live, I LOVE seeing the participants dress up, and I get to see and run with my favorite running buddies.
It was weird that no one sang/played the National Anthem. Maybe because it was only a 5K? Mental note: Pay more attention to it at the smaller races.I was tired that morning. I went out to dinner the day before and got home around midnight. I woke up at 6am (but did not want to get up) to get ready. I had some stomach trouble and made sure I was OK before leaving for the race. I arrived a little before 7 and waited in my car till about 7:30 to meet up with my friends.
The race started and I took off. I was not aiming for a PR but just to have fun. I was cold at the beginning but then quickly warmed up. As usual, I started off too fast.
Mile 1-8:06 – I was shocked when I saw this!!!
Mile 2-10:27 – Stopped to get some water and catch my breath.
Mile 3-10:19 – Walked a little bit.
Garmin official time for 3.25 is 31:10. That’s a 9:35 pace! 🙂
Upcoming races in November include.
11/3 Carrera de los Muertos 5K
11/10 Chicago’s Perfect 10K
11/18 Magic City Half Marathon, Birmingham, AL
11/22 Rotary Run 3/14 Pie
I’ve been busy planning the various half marathons I plan to run next year. It is not an easy task. I need to check flights (preferably Southwest since Midway Airport is about 5 minute from my house) and hotels. So far I’ve purchased a ticket for the races in Washington, DC and Nashville.
I was planning to have surgery in November but I’ve postponed it. Because of the surgery I was going to stop running after the race in Birmingham. Now that it is postponed, no need to stop. Now to look for other races in December, January, and February. Any suggestions?
This summer I began the “journey” to run a race in each state. Well, I didn’t exactly begin but more like decided to actually do it. I searched various races and put them in my calendar (I already had a few under my belt). One of them was the ZOOMA Women’s Race in Florida. I registered at a discounted race. Yay!! I like saving money!
Fast forward 3 months later and now I cannot race this race. 🙁 Just like most races, I cannot get a refund. However, I can transfer my bib. That makes me happy. Interested in my bib? Registration now is $105 but of course I will not sell it to you for that price. Please contact me and we can work out the details as well as the price.
These races are being held in various states across the country. Just recently the race was in Wisconsin. I’ve read some great reviews about it from Run with Jess and Skinny Runner.
I was supposed to fly out on Friday afternoon. Instead, I decided to drive. A cab ride from the Indianapolis International Airport to the hotel was about $80. So $80 times 2 is $160. That is a lot of money for a taxi. I left work at 11:30 am, went to get something to eat and then hit the road.
The drive was lonely and scary. It was raining and many people sure drive fast. I arrived in Indianapolis at about 4:15 pm. I quickly checked into the hotel and then went to the expo to pick up my packet. The drive there was beautiful. There were trees with leaves in various colors everywhere. There were some hills and you know we are not BFFs.
I am glad I decided to drive because I don’t know how I would have gotten to the expo to pick up my packet. I could have picked it up on Saturday morning but I had purchased a shuttle ticket to take me to the race. But how was I supposed to get my shuttle ticket if it was in my race packet?
Even though I had a shuttle ticket, I decided to drive to the race. Luckily I did because it was cold in the morning so I waited in my car till about 8am (the race began at 8:30). I made my way over and got in line to the bathroom with hundreds of other people. I tried convincing myself that I did not need to go but it did not work. Finally I went and made my way to the starting line. I decided to run with a pace group that was running the full marathon. We would be running together till 12.5 miles then we would split.
I stayed with the group till the first water stop at about 2.5 miles. I stopped to get water. They didn’t. We got separated and then I lost them. Oh well.
The course was just BEAUTIFUL!!! I took short breaks here and there. I had a jacket on but took it off around mile 4 because I got warm but then put it back on because I got cold. I ran with it on the rest of the way. The volunteers were wonderful! There was plenty of water and gatorade stations. However, no one was giving energy gels. I look forward to those. Good thing I packed three in my belt but ended up needing only two of them.
The last three miles were challenging. These hills really kill me. As soon as I saw the split area between the full and half marathon, I tried kicking it up a notch but just couldn’t. I was tired and sore. I did not care about my time but just wanted to finish.
Finally I saw the finish line and just sprinted. Finish time is 2:33.32.
I was pleased with my time considering that I did a half the week before. Two half marathons in two weekends kicked my butt. I am in awe of people that can run back to back half marathons in a weekend. Kim at (Just) Trying is for Little Girls is AMAZING! Read her back to back half marathon recaps here.
Thanks to a post by Run with Jess, I found out about a great deal for Injinji Toesocks. For the month of October, these socks are 50% off plus free shipping. This offer is only for the pink socks. I love pink and bought two pairs for $6 each.
It took a little time to make sure each toe went in the correct spot. Once that was done I was set. My first run was 4 miles followed by another 4 miles with the other pair. The socks felt comfortable and there were no blisters after each run. I still need to test them during a longer run.
These socks are available in both mini-crew and micro. If you want to purchase a pair or pairs, click here. Since I like them so much, I bought three more pairs.