This is a short recap of the race. I am really tired and am in need to hit the rack pretty bad. it has been a really long day. First off, the Mackinaw Half is NOT a race for first timers. i didnt do my research very well, i just grabbed a half that was close by and would give me time to train... ha ha ha. It was about 3 miles on the pavement then it was 100% trail run for the rest of the way. I must have missed something, I dont remember joining the Marines.
It was an incredibly beautiful run and the views were awesome BUT it was a killer. It seems like it was uphill both ways LOL. lots of hills and narrow trails. I started hearing stories from some of the other people that have run this before and left with the feeling "Uh-Oh" Lots of advice like -" forget about time, you just need to get through this" didnt help any either.
As difficult as it was, I feel really good because I was up to the challenge and it feels good because it was tough. I was told it was among the tougher Half's in Michigan -ooooo good, GO BIG OR GO HOME!
The hardest part of the race was the last half mile. I was having severe cramps and, not to be dramatic but, I collapsed just after I crossed the mat. I got a double cramp, one in the left quad and one in the left hamstring, it was as tight as piano wire. I couldnt do a quad stretch or my hammie would retract and hurt BAD and vice versa, if I did a hamstring stretch, my quad would knot up and i almost cried. so i just knelt there unable to move for a few minutes. I couldnt reach the person to get my finishers medal, so i just stayed there until the pain receded enough to stand and with some assistance, i got into a quad stretch. Once I did that, life was good. i eventually pulled through it and all is well now but boy, was that painful.
I guess that is sometimes that part of the experience. In spite of all that, it was a great experience. I guess I should start training for something easier...like an ironman..LOL.
Back at the winners circle AKA the motel room, I engaged in a shameless feast of hot wings, pizza, and FRESH Mackinaw Island fudge. Not SP approved but .. - Hey, ive been through alot lol. Then pampered myself with a very hot bath to loosen things up. I torched alot of calories but i have a feeling I made of for it.
For anyone who wants to do this race, make sure you are ready for LOTS of gnarly hills and stability challenging situations, like running a 5K across a thousand Bosu balls.