This race had an awful course with a lot of headwind. I was so happy when I was done with it. My finish time was about 2:41:06. Am I happy with it? No. However, I have no one else to blame but me. I did not run smart. I did not train properly. Anyway, it is done and I can’t do anything about it.
I did not get into Birmingham on time to pick up my packet so that meant I had to pick it up on race day. The hotel was nice enough to give those that were running the race a ride to the start line. I picked up my bib and dropped off my bag and it took less than 5 minutes.
The race was supposed to start at 8 am but due to some complications/problems it did not start till 8:30 am. Yeah, not happy about it. I was chatting with another runner whom I met in the hotel lobby as we were waiting for the hotel shuttle. The announcer mentioned that Ruben Studdard had arrived but I did not see him.
The race started and off we went. The first half of the race took us through the “not so nice areas” of Birmingham. There was zero crowd support. If it weren’t for the cars that were stopped at intersections by the cops to let the runners through, the city of Birmingham would not have known there was a half marathon going on in their city.
The headwind was awful. I thought it was never going to end. It lasted till about mile 10. Terrible!! By then I was running with another girl and we were motivating each other. She told me that we only had a 5K to go. Hmm, so simple but yet difficult.
Finally I saw the sign for mile 12. I was so happy to see it. I was struggling. My neck was bothering me and I could feel some blisters forming on the bottom of my right foot. I was annoyed about it. I rarely get blisters on my feet. I was wearing compression socks with my Brooks Glycerin. In the past I’ve worn the same socks with my Brooks Connect. Hmm, maybe the shoes?
I saw the finish line and picked up the pace. Not a good idea. I stopped for about 10 seconds to catch my breath and took off again. I heard the announcer mention my colorful shoes and my name. That made me smile! 🙂
I got my medal, picked up some food (pizza and chips with salsa) and walked back to the hotel. It was a gorgeous day to walk plus I think it helped my legs.
I want to run a race (marathon or half marathon) in all 50 states. However, not only do I want to finish each race but I want to finish in a decent time. Almost all of my finish times have been between 2:20-2:50. My ultimate goal is to do a sub-2 or as close as possible to 2 hours. Is it possible? I believe so. I might have been training the wrong way. Time to rethink the training plan.
I am going to purchase the book. I will read it carefully and take good notes. This book will help me get my sub 2 and run all of the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathons next year thanks to the Tourpass.
Want to join me as I travel across the country next year to run a race in different cities? Please contact me. Click here for a list of my upcoming races.
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?