As some of you may know, last summer BILLALEX70 and I met up with JAN_FRANDSEN (from Cleveland) and JOPAGH (from Pittsburgh) for some cycling in Mansfield, OH. We talked of doing something together again, only in Pittsburgh. After months of planning and organization, we ended up with 11 SP participating in an event in Pittsburgh, Just a Short Run. The event had run/walk 5k and 8.1 mile options, in addition to half marathon and 30K.
I was originally planning to run the 8.1 miles, but around the end of December I was running 6-7 miles and felt I had enough time to train for the half. With help from Jan and BOBBYD31, I created a plan, both fitness and nutrition, to get me to the finish line March 27. Along the way I joined a local (Columbus, OH) group called MiT (Marathoner in Training) that leads group runs on Saturday mornings, in addition to providing lots of great information. I do my long runs with the 10:30 pace group and love it!
So, Saturday morning arrives. The alarm on my Garmin went off at 5:00am. After sneaking into the bathroom I turn off the travel alarm (set for 5:05) and the cell phone alarm (set for 5:10). DH, kids and I were staying with a college friend of mine an hour north of the city; I am notorious for not sleeping well the night before events and missing alarms. I woke up every hour, but didn't miss the alarm! DH has been creating a tradition of getting up early with me and driving me to my meeting locations for big events. Itís nice that I don't have to add driving to my pre-event anxiety. We made it to the hotel where the other Ohio people were staying and Dennis was able to meet some more SP. After giving him my "stuff" and parting with my coat (did I mention it was really cold? 22 degrees!!), he headed back north to get the kids and their Uncle David.
Meanwhile, Jan, his wife Cathy, QUIDDITCHGRRL, LYNNANN43 and I piled into Bill's truck to drive to the start. Many thanks to Bob and his wife Anne (MIAMIA7) for "sharing" their parking space with us right across the street from the start! There we also met up with CALIDREAMER76 and PATRICLES43. Driving in we were afforded a view of "the hill." I also learned then that it was in Mile 1! Talk about a warm-up! But before we took off for the hill, we spent an hour trying to find/create any heat we could. Also participating were DJS-DEBBIE, PRETTYKITTY26 and ROSENJ1965.
My goal was to run 10:00/miles. I did, for the first mile. Lol Iím also notorious for pushing myself and when I saw the mile 2 split of 9:15 on my Garmin I knew I had better rein it in or I was going to be in trouble. So the splits were: 10:02, 9:15, 9:29, 9:44, 9:46, 9:40, 9:47, 9:36, 9:53, 9:48, 9:20, 9:50, and 8:53. Chip time was 2:07:10! Around mile 9 I could feel myself slowing and as I was thinking about how to counter that, I saw a gold van with Ohio plates coming down the street toward me. Just as I needed some motivation my family arrived! I was waving at them and they were waving back! That propelled me the last several miles to the last turn where I heard all of the SP who had already finished their races cheering me to the finish. When I crossed the line Dennis and the kids were there. Thomas ran up to me to give me a hug and Gregory wanted to see my medal! Lol Adelaide was unfazed by all of the commotion.
After everyone finished their respective races, we parted ways only to meet up again for lunch. As much as I love that my family was along to celebrate this milestone with me, I wish that I had had more time to talk with everyone else, get to know them, and their stories, better. While at lunch, we figured out that as a group, we have lost 1,000lbs! We also had many firsts and PRís at the race. Anyone who has the opportunity to meet other SP should jump at the chance. You have nothing to lose, but many friends to gain.
This wouldnít be complete without thanks to Bill and Bob for organizing things in their respective states. And to John, next time you will have to be there, too! Hereís to the OhPa crew for all of your many, many accomplishments