Mission accomplished! I hope all of you participating had as fabulous of a day as I did on Sunday. Crossing that finish line felt totally unreal, but I have to say, I was happy to finish when I did! If I had to run up another hill, I might have keeled over and died. How killer were they? I am going to have to start training now for next years race so that I can bust through them!
And how about that amazing weather? The sun was shining, the temperature was just right, and if you ask me, we could not have had a better day!
I started the race feeling really strong, but by mile six, I could feel my energy level start to wear down. I have tried using all of the different types of energy replacements in the running world, but have found that none of them really help me—and actually make me cramp—so I decided against them on race day. I probably should have been more prepared, but after a quick sip of Gatorade at the refueling station and I was feeling a little better. The best feeling of the whole race was getting to mile 12 and realizing that I only had one more mile to go. I think I started running faster in hopes of finishing sooner! Such a feeling of accomplishment!
I wasn’t really prepared for the soreness to kick in, but to reward myself, I took Monday off from work (so happy that I did because I could barely walk up and down stairs!), and treated myself to a massage and a mani/pedi. I would say that I totally deserved it!
How did you recover from Sunday’s race?
Yahoo! I did it!
We couldn’t have had more perfect weather for race day. I guess we got payback for the last two years! Before the race, I was thrilled to have the chance to meet Al Roker and thank him for the lovely conditions.
Overall, the race went well, and most importantly, I finished! I must admit, I did not go into this race in the same mental and physical state as the NYC Half I ran on a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, due to a last minute obligation that consumed most of my weekend, coupled with poor sleep, I was tired and sore before I even began. However, once I got to Central Park, the crowds of women and sunshine motivated and energized me. Central Park looked stunning and it was so alive with positive energy.
While running I did all of the things that have worked for me in the past such as eating GU beans and stopping at every hydration station for a few sips of either water or Gatorade. However, it was a different day and a different race and I soon realized those thing weren’t working the same for me as in the past. Instead of energizing me, the beans left me feeling extremely thirsty and were sticky in my mouth.
For the last several miles, I had a bad cramp (something I’ve never had during a run) and I also felt a great deal of pain in my hip and knee. I really think this was my body’s way of telling me that I’ve been too hard on it and it probably wasn’t the best idea to run two half-marathons back to back. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I stretched at the water stations and decided to just run through it. Despite my challenges, I was happy with my time and ended up having fun.
I especially was so glad to be a part of Team Hole in the Wall. Since I had committed to raising money for this amazing charity, nothing was going to get in my way of finishing this race. During some of the hills and toward the end, my commitment to Team Hole in the Wall is what kept me going. If my running can help make a sick child happy, then it’s worth every step to me!
For those of you who participated, how did the race go for you? Did you have to overcome any unexpected events along the way?