Half Marathon Recap

I unfortunately came down with a cold/cough on Friday night.  I was bound & determined to run.  I was healthy for the past 8 months – what kind of cruel joke is this to get sick the few days before??  I made a deal with myself that as long as I was fever free and not fatigued, I would run.  I happily woke up (cough & all) on Sunday Am raring to go.  I didn’t feel bad – it was one of those things where I sounded much worse than I felt.  It was 32 degrees out..BRRR!!  I bundled up (well, in runner’s terms) and my Dad came to pick Jon & I up.  What an amazing experience this was for me.  I am so glad that I was able to run.  I started off well and felt great until about mile 8.  Then, I had taken a Clif Shot and because it was so cold out, it didn’t go down well and seemed to make all the crud in my throat just congeal.  It felt like I had to cough and something was stuck, but nothing budged.  I worked through it and kept reminding myself that this was all temporary and that there were others that have gone through (and are going through) much worse.  I had made a list before my race of people that I was dedicating my miles to and thinking of those people while I was struggling during mile 8 and then again during those last couple miles, kept me going.  I also saw this quote on the back of a guy in front of me from the Marines “Pain is weakness leaving the body”.  That was a bit of motivation, too.  The “official” stats are below:

bib number: 10572
age: 36
gender: F
location: Lewis Center, OH
overall place: 2585 out of 6858
division place: 180 out of 695
gender place: 1081 out of 4070
time: 2:01:22
pace: 9:16
10k: 57:08

My goal had been to finish under 2 hours, but considering I was sick & had to stop to tie my stupid shoe, I’ll take this and feel great about it.  I can’t wait to train for & run a full marathon in May 2010.  πŸ™‚ 

Here is a pic my Mom took (a little blurry).  I am in the red w/black pants:

And here….there I go…

After the race with my medal & shirt.  Like the hair?  LOL!

Should get the race picture sometime this week. 

Oh, I did want to mention that after the finish, I was walking through the lines to get some fuel.  I was very discouraged to see that there was mainly doughnuts (gluten) and bagels (more gluten).  I did spot some bananas….not even close to ripe & too cold and then the only other thing I could eat, Conn’s Potato Chips.  Thank God they were gluten-free.  I scarfed them down like I hadn’t eaten for weeks!  LOL!  I know those other items were quick carbs/sugar, and I should be thankful there was something I could eat.  Plus, during the race they gave out gatorade (GF) and Clif Shots (also GF). 


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18 Responses

  1. MAJOR congratulations!

  2. Congratulations Kim…sorry you weren’t feeling well!

  3. Great job lady! πŸ™‚

    I was there! And actually – I’m positive you ran by me – I just didn’t know it!

    I was standing at the finish line from 1:55:00 until 2:10:00 (my friend finished right around 2:08!) So I “saw” you in theory!

    Nicely done! πŸ™‚ Sorry we couldn’t meet up – there’s always next time!

    (and sorry about the lack of gluten free options post race – I noticed all those donuts coming out!)

    • Thanks Allison! Yes, I bet I “saw” you too! πŸ˜‰

      Next time I am in Cleveland or you are down here, we will meet up!

  4. Congrats! Hope you are feeling better!

  5. Congrats on your race!!! I love your idea of dedicating each mile toward someone, I’ve done that before and it works!

  6. Girlie you are awesome! Way to rock that 1/2 and tell it who’s boss!

    Dedicating each mile is a great idea and such a motivational tool! I may talk about that today! πŸ˜‰

    Do the 1/2 in May with me! The CapCity 1/2. I promise they have better post race food (lots of fruit). They have pizza too but I don’t eat that and I doubt it’s GF but it’s there! LOL

    • Thanks Andrea! πŸ™‚

      I would love to do the half in May, but it depends on which marathon I end up choosing. The Cleveland one is May 16 and the Flying Pig in Cincinnati is the first weekend in May, I think.

  7. I am so proud of you! Congratulations πŸ™‚

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