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First half marathon in almost two years!

Monday, June 06, 2011

I needed a break from "training" so for the past couple of years, I have just been running for fun and not really training for anything. This was good for my soul and just what I needed.

I registered for this race before I had decided to run Ragnar but I felt that if I could run 25 miles in 24 hours, this half would be a piece of cake. It was nice never actually training for a race but sort of stressful as well because you kind of count on running those 12 milers to give you the confidence that you need.

On top of that, I hurt my peroneal tendon running with my dog 2 days after the Ragnar and took a full week off from running to help it heal. This was key, when you injure yourself, REST. That's all there is to it. I then ran a 4 miler and a 6 miler on the treadmill to test it out before the half and had no problems, so I decided to go ahead and move forward with the half. (I had decided if the foot still hurt I would drop to the 5k) luckily that didn't happen.

The day of the race we had perfect sunny weather and it was a cool 50 degrees for the 7:45 start. Perfect, I was cold waiting but knew I would feel good out there. I wore my Ragnar race shirt and my fuel belt (which I hadn't worn in a year). I had my Ipod and sport beans in the pouch and 2 canteens of NUUN sport drink. My fuel worked out perfectly.

Waiting in the corral for the race to start, I met a couple people who had also run ragnar began to chat me up (wearing this shirt would prove to be the best decision of the day). I wound up starting way too close to the start and I had people streaming by me for the first half mile. I knew I would pass most of them back later but it was still a bit disheartening to get passed up like this. I felt like I couldn't get my stride right and my head was not in the game. At mile 1 my Ipod fell out of my pocket and I had to stop and go back to get it (as a girl stepped on it, AWE MAN) but thankfully it didn't break and I was able to get it together.

After losing my Ipod I was really starting to think this race wasn't going to go well, I decided to change my own mind and not allow it to wander down this path. I started thinking "what a lucky girl I am to be able to do this, I am so lucky to be here" and I started feeling better.

I ran the next few miles conservatively, I was worried about my foot and about my "lack of training" which I think was silly for me but whatever. At mile 5 I took my sport beans for the first time with no issues. Mile 6 was my "low point". I felt like I was moving slow and felt tired and thinking "I wish I signed up for the 10K" haha, then I again redirected my thoughts and told myself how lucky I am and how happy I should be. I am so glad I did this because the rest of the race I felt good.

At mile 8 yoiu loop by the finish line and there were 2 different groupls of girls wearing Ragnar shirts and they both yelled "GO RAGNAR" at me as I passed, it felt so great to have a little cheering squad even though I didn't know them. It was at this point 2 years ago that I started feeling like crap, so these girls REALLY gave me the boost I needed to get over that mental hurdle.

At mile 10 I started remembering how at this point of the course I was walking alot right now 2 years ago. I was so thrilled to feel good and not miserable like I was the first time, I almost stared crying because I felt so good. lol

At mile 11 I decided to amp it up a bit since there were only 2 miles left and I was smiling and feeling strong. After we hit mile 13, two girls tried to burst and went flying by me, but I knew this course runs a bit long so I saved it... they both fizzled before we even got close to the end and I dropped the hammer and flew by them about .5 from the finish, I have never done that before but it felt great! lol

I wound up finishing with a 25+ minute course PR and an overall PR of 1:51:04


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CUTENHEALTHY 1/17/2012 11:48PM

  Awesome doing another 1/2 marathon!

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SUNCO31 7/5/2011 10:15AM

    NICE!!!!! I am so freakin' proud of you! Sounds like you're doing so well. Glad ot hear it!

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MRS.NG.06 6/15/2011 1:12PM

    what an EXCELLENT BLOG! I LOVED that you flew by those 2 girls that fizzled out...rock on! xoxoox great job hon! Isnt it amazing how much of a mind game it can really be!

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SWEATONCEADAY 6/13/2011 11:08PM

    i missed this!!!! i am so proud of you girl. way to "drop the hammer!" that made me giggle a bit. you smashed your pr with your "hammer." lol
you are so speedy now and i love that cause you have worked your butt off to get there.

Comment edited on: 6/13/2011 11:09:47 PM

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JOYINRUNNING08 6/9/2011 4:12PM

    Dang girl! You're a machine! :)

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RUFFIT 6/9/2011 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Moni

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_APRILSUNSHINE_ 6/9/2011 11:19AM

    Way to rock out a new PR!!!

SEE? This is why you are my running idol!!!!

Luv ya girl!!

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CCSDESTINY 6/9/2011 11:09AM

    Nice job girlie!! I knew that the end was going to be good! I am so proud of you :) I do that too, have to cheer myself on, remind myself what matters and what dont, while I am out there. Crazy how your mind has power over the whole physical aspect of your race! Glad you pushed through for such an amazing finish! WhooHoo!!

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MBUSSAN210 6/7/2011 2:07PM

    I am so excited for you and your PR! Nice job!

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NJTEACHER21 6/7/2011 11:28AM

    "I dropped the hammer and flew by them about .5 from the finish, I have never done that before but it felt great!"

DROP THE HAMMER! That's my new phrase to say to myself when the run is getting a little difficult. Thanks for this blog!

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LITTLEWING21 6/7/2011 7:22AM

    Woot woot!!!!!! Way to go hun! Guess "training" isn't so crucial IF you're in great shape :)

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SKHENDRIX 6/6/2011 5:34PM

    That was awesome!

Way to go

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SEEHOLZ 6/6/2011 5:30PM

    Like I said on FB, sooo proud of you girl! You are AMAZING!

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ABSOLUTZER0 6/6/2011 5:06PM

    You RAWKED IT!!! Seems like the break has allowed your body to heal and proved to be a good idea. One day I will get to wear a Ragnar shirt and get a PR like that! You are awesome! Woohoo!

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YOURJONES 6/6/2011 4:45PM

    Great job and congrats on your PR! Impressive!

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NOELLIEMAE 6/6/2011 1:46PM

    WOW!!! AWESOME RUN! and a 25 min PR to boot! Holy SMOKES!!! way to go runnin' chick ;)

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RUNTRILAUGH 6/6/2011 1:34PM

    What a GREAT PR!!!!!!!!! I haven't said it in awhile, but you inspire me!!!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 6/6/2011 1:30PM

    Congratulations on your amazing finish! You are FAST!!

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MBSHAZZER 6/6/2011 1:17PM

    Wow, that is some PR! Nice job, Megan! Sounds like a perfect day and a great race. I love the way you got your head in the right place mid-race.

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SKINNYPANDA2015 6/6/2011 1:04PM

    Woo hoo!! Congrats on getting back into racing and rocking your new PR!! Anything sub-2 hours is pretty darn awesome!

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KKINNEA 6/6/2011 12:01PM

    Great job for not doing to much training - you rocked it!

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CAROLCRC 6/6/2011 11:52AM

    Bravo! Love the competitive streak at the end. If I start too far forward I often feel like I'm going backward as the people go by - but I get them on the first hill, or the last mile (usually...)

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MOMMABETH17 6/6/2011 11:47AM

    Wow! Awesome job and amazing time!


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