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My First Half Marathon.

Saturday, October 23, 2010



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. emoticon


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.
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ETTEZEUS 10/27/2010 5:30PM

    Congrats! You'll never forget your first! But it will now be so much easier to sign up for your second, and third, and fourth, and so on....

Then, you'll be looking for a full!

Way to go and LOVE that smiling pic of you!!

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EDWINA172 10/27/2010 5:21PM

    Oh my word! You are too flippin' funny! 5K over BOSU and uphill both ways! Congrats on your first half!

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LINDATHOME 10/26/2010 4:37PM

    TOTALLY proud of you dude ... I had several of those leg cramp moments after my 1/2 10/16/10 ... and opted to NOT do the bath but rather a shower afterwards (yes, I was afraid I would not be able to get out of the tub) ... You look AWESOME in the picture - TRIUMPHANT - GLORIOUS - RELIEVED - did I mention - TRIUMPHANT!

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MBSHAZZER 10/26/2010 2:37PM

    Great job on your first!!! Your second will seem like a breeze in comparison!

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IMSMILEY88 10/26/2010 8:53AM

    Congrats! You did it!!! And, thanks for the tip... I'll do a little more research about the Half I'm looking into.
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GAELENEC 10/26/2010 8:34AM

    Very very VERY impressive! You finished! That is amazing!


Keep in mind that all of you finishers are setting the example for those of us still in training; if you can do it, we start thinking that maybe, just maybe.... we can, too.

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LORENVER 10/26/2010 6:12AM

    Wow! This is going to make future races look easy. The best part is your finished, even as a first timer, Way to GO! The double cramp sounds horrible, you shouldn't do that ;).

GOOD JOB!

Loren

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 10/25/2010 10:49PM

    Congrats on your first HALF. I think the pain you suffered was the medal you earned. emoticon

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GLADGAD 10/25/2010 10:21PM

    Robert, congratulations on a great accomplishment. I could not imagine running up and down the trails on Mackinac! Do Traverse City next year - it will feel like a walk in the park LOL! Love your victory picture, too.

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LLTS01 10/25/2010 9:45PM

    You earned that medal all the way. I am so happy for you.



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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 10/25/2010 9:00PM

    Great Blog and congratulations on finishing your first half! That really was a doozy! Way to party it up with the food...you can't go to the island without having the fudge! Did they happen to have a 5K or 10K to go along with the half? I've only done one trail race and it was a 5K and I loved it. I don't know if I'd be able to tackle a trail half by next year as the only half I've run so far was the Bayshore in Traverse City last May.

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FREECLOUD 10/25/2010 8:41PM

    Great commentary :) You finished it and feel great about it, and that's awesome. So will you sign up for this one again next year?



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PAMINHALF 10/25/2010 8:31PM

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LAURIE5658 10/25/2010 6:47PM

    OMG!!! Robert, you should get a HUGE medal for doing this! RAWK!!! I believe I won't be doing this one, my friend, and thank you for being the guinea pig LOL. Seriously, take care of the tooties and all the other body parts as your ecover form this one. You won't forget about this for a long long time...IF EVER!

RAWK!!

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JERIBERI1 10/25/2010 6:17PM

    Good job!!! Gotta love races like that -- and I bet you'll do it again in the future.
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OBXFIREGUY 10/25/2010 5:43PM

    Ok when you signing up for the iron man? Great Job!

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CM_GARDNER78 10/25/2010 5:10PM

    WOW! I have also heard that the Mackinaw race is a doozy!! WAY TO GO for your accomplishment!!

Now...go sign up for that Iron Man! LOL!

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SFARRINGTON65 10/25/2010 4:59PM

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Congratulations on your first 1/2

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MOMJMGR 10/25/2010 4:50PM

    emoticon job!!

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HEALTHYELEPHANT 10/25/2010 4:21PM

    That's so awesome! CONGRATS on a race well-run!!!!

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_MSAPRIL17_ 10/25/2010 4:06PM

    I love your pic!! That is awesome!!!

How was the weather for it? We had rain all weekend here in WI so hopefully you didn't have to deal with that too.

Way to go on your first HM!! BEWARE!! It's addicting!!



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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 10/25/2010 4:03PM

    Glad you finished sorry you collasped with cramps but glad all is good - WOOHOO Way to go

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LBTHOMASJR 10/25/2010 9:42AM

    Been waiting to read this one. emoticon

Sounds like an awesome job to me on one tough course. Way to push through it to the end.

Good luck recovering. Don't rush back. You've earned at least a short break.

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MINNA72 10/25/2010 2:30AM

    Congrats! Sorry about the cramps, though.
Cool accomplishment, don't you think? :) The trail run sounds totally neat to me, but then I'm weird. LOL!
Onward and upward!

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SHANNYMEDIC 10/24/2010 10:05PM

    Way to go!!!! I felt so awesome and proud after my first Half. Don't worry about your eating afterwards, I was so hungry after my last that I was leaving the Krispy Kreme tent and heading towards the Papa Johns Pizza tent! I didn't even feel guilty afterwards either! Now you know that you can accomplish anything! Congrats!

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GOEGIRL 10/24/2010 9:50PM

    Awesome, Robert!! You rock ! Sorry you were hurting at the end, yikes! And thanks for the warning on the terrain. I'm planning to be there next year. Do you think you'll be doing it again?

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MOMMINATOR 10/24/2010 9:42PM

    You ROCK!
Look at it this way, you survived a super-tough half and everything after this one should be a walk in the park.
Congratulations!
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WONDERWOMAN 10/24/2010 8:43PM

    CONGRATS ROBERT!!!!! YOU DID IT!!! I'd read some on the Mackinac Island half and didn't see much about trails, so guess I missed it too. Like the Firecracker 5K July 3 I decided to do on a whim this year - only yours was waaaay longer, harder, and more thought into it. That one was Al Quaal all the way, whew. You'll have to think about the MM next year - Saturday before Labor Day. The route is great!
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DONNA2238 10/24/2010 7:12PM

    Good for you! That was a great accomplishment! Bummer about the leg cramps---I have recently started having them and cannot figure out why? I am in no way prepping for a marathon! :0)....glad you enjoyed the food and I am sure you still ate less than you burned!

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KRASHY 10/24/2010 6:27PM

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Now any others you do will be easy. Well done.

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CHANGE4HAPPY 10/24/2010 4:57PM

    Just think, from here on out - every half you do will be easy breezy!!!

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WONDERJUL 10/24/2010 1:56PM

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Sounds like you did indeed pick a tough one--but YOU DID IT!!!
Congrats on being a 1/2 marathoner!!
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SFARRINGTON65 10/24/2010 11:45AM

    Way to go!
My spring is devoted to hill and trail running.

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ROOT4HOME 10/24/2010 11:44AM

    Oh man! First off, CONGRATULATIONS!! You're a HALF MARATHONER!! emoticon What a tough course! You should be very proud of finishing under such conditions! Makes the medal even more valuable, hey? Great victory shot too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EJHESS1 10/24/2010 11:31AM

    Great job!!

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CBAILEYC 10/24/2010 10:54AM

    Way to go You! Happy Congrats!
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SHAPECHANGER 10/24/2010 10:24AM

    Congrats! I sounds like an awesome race. Mmmmm, Mackinaw Island fudge, the best reward!

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MEGA_MILES 10/24/2010 10:02AM

    Fantastic!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWNOEMI 10/24/2010 9:47AM

    I dont imagine I would be doing that run anytime soon. Thank goodness. It sounds like you did an amazing job and should be so proud. Get some rest and then get back to it, lol. Do I sound like a trainer yet? Really, so happy for you. Way to go.

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DMGABBETT 10/24/2010 7:27AM

    The smile tells the story pretty well. Congrats!

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SEABREEZE64 10/24/2010 7:02AM

    How emoticon is this!!!!

You did so great. Sorry you had the terrible cramp.
I was looking forward to reading this blog. It has made my day!

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SOCCERBROWNIE12 10/24/2010 6:54AM

    great job! congrats!!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/24/2010 6:52AM

    Congratulations!!!! You did an awesome job just to finish the course it sounds like! Something to be so proud of!
You look so happy!

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ELAOPET 10/24/2010 6:47AM

    I just knew it all just by that big winner's smile! emoticon
Congratulations!

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DRB13_1 10/24/2010 6:30AM

    emoticon on both finishing and surviving! Your picture shows only a champion who earned a medal - no signs of anything but happiness in that photo. Now I know the truth, LOL!

I stopped by yesterday and read your blog. I laughed so hard that I had to share it with my daughter. Laughing to keep from crying - it made me scared to do my HM in 2 weeks. However, I DO know my route and I made her promise to be at a certain locatioin on the course to give me a fresh camelback of water. Whether I walk or have to crawl across that mat, I plan to finish.
emoticon again, you really had a lot of guts to finish and like someone else said, everything else will be easy after this! emoticon emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/24/2010 5:36AM

    emoticon emoticon what a great feeling of elation you must have had at the finish.keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ABSOLUTZER0 10/24/2010 4:50AM

    AWESOME! I see you went BIG bro! Woohoo! You know I am totally siked and pumped up for your accomplishment bro! You were determined to get through this and you did! There is no stopping you! Enjoy the rest this week! Your body needs it!

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LAGREBE 10/24/2010 4:22AM

    Awesome! Congratulations! emoticon

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TYKXBOY 10/24/2010 1:21AM

    Not only did you finish, but you conquered a monster of a half! Congrats! I am so happy for you. You did awesome. You just ran a 13.1 mile cross-country race! You should feel VERY proud of yourself. We are all proud of you. emoticon

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JDMMAMMA 10/24/2010 12:42AM

    Even more of a reason to be proud of yourself --imagine what u are capable of --being 100% prepared! Proud of you-I am really considering do a 1/2 in April! emoticon emoticon

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