Tuesday, July 31, 2012
This last 1/2 marathon kicked my a$$!
This one I'm especially proud that I finished.
The Dumb Things
- Got in the 1/2 marathon line to get my bib and the girl behind the table opened with "The 5k line is right over there."
I smiled and said, "Thank you, but I'm signed up for the 1/2 marathon."
And she still looked shocked when she actually found me on her list.
- It was hotter than I had expected and there was very little shade on the course. The sunscreen sweated away or rubbed off in places....and we all know what that means!
- There was a hill that I kept thinking as it keeeeept gooooing. Someone should tell San Francisco that Anacortes stole some of their hills.
I can breathe hard going up hills and I can slow down, but this one I stopped 3 times before I got to the top.
- I had people way ahead of me and way behind me most of the time. On a stretch of lonely, lonely road a woman in an SUV stopped and asked if was doing the 1/2 marathon. I said yes and almost got out the normal "How much for your keys?"
"Did you know you were supposed to turn about a mile back?"
She was nice enough to take me to the turn so I could continue.
Turns out the volunteer that was supposed to point my way had left....
- Garmin (Forerunner 305) worked like a charm!! Still need to figure out all it can do, but it was so nice to have!
Here is the rub (literally and figuratively), I wore the heart monitor for the 1st time on this walk. I was so tired and so fried that I had no idea that it was rubbing enough to leave a scar about 1/2 inch below my bra line. Figured it out as I was showering.
Now I *know* I'm not supposed to do that, but I thought this one time would be fine.
Listen to me people. Test these things out first. I would take a picture of the scar, but there would be boobage in the pic and I'm sure SP would take issue.
The Good Things
- All the puppies that I got to pet along the way!!
- Finally getting to talk to some people I had seen at the last two 1/2 marathons.
- Being near the beautiful water
Nicest thing? The walkers started out an hour before the runners and about 80% of the people who ran past me gave me words of encouragement as they went by.
And that is the Not So Reader's Digest Version of the 1/2 that wouldn't end.