Friday, September 30, 2011
I have a few minutes before I have to head off to work so I thought I would hammer out one of these blogs I am so behind on writing. I thought I would start with a shorter one. This is my Race Report for Half Marathon #2, which was a bit unplanned. You know how sometimes there is a seed that is planted (like hearing about a near by race that you could TOTALLY do) but you decide that you can't because your sister's bridal shower is the same day so you resign yourself to not doing it and running your Long Training run instead. Then you get a suggestion from your enabler/mother-in-law who was eyeing that very same HM. The MIL who ALSO has a Long Training Run to do that same weekend. The MIL who insists that we will be home in time for the Bridal Shower. The MIL who's 53rd Birthday HAPPENS to be that same day.... Yeah so all of this led up to some new Race Bling. LOL After minimal arm twisting we are gearing up and heading out to Cedar Rapids with our driver/photographer/Cheering Squad/Father-in-Law (aka Jim) in tow for the "Happy Birthday Laurie NewBo Fest Half Marathon which is really just a Training run with more people, beer and Bling at the End" (That name wouldn't fit on the Tee Shirts though).
Overall, the run was successful. We planned to do it slow. I think we succeeded in that aspect. (Laurie, more than myself, because she had an entire team monitoring her training run 'race'). Now I am not a trail runner. More power to you if that is your running surface of choice, but I am too clumsy to feel comfortable of trails. That makes me tense and tense running is not enjoyable running. 90% of this run seemed to be trails. After a thunderstorm. I felt more like it was a Cross Country Run than my favored road race. Between dodging puddles, muddy soft spots and downed trees (oh, yes, this race included hurdling a downed tree!), I was so thankful to hit pavement again! Pavement, however, meant a train crossing. I was just thinking to myself, "Self, you know what is missing from this race? A train." And sure enough, here comes a train. I cleared the tracks with plenty of time, but the crossing was right after a water stop where Laurie had stopped to fill her bottle up. She had to blow some energy reserves in order to beat the train so she fell back and I went on at my pace.
Those ten miles before we split just flew by! We were so busy talking and planning (some would say plotting) costumes for our upcoming HM (Haunted Hustle, Space Coast, and Princess) that it didn't feel like we were running a HM. All in all, it was a lot of fun. We finished in a Training Run Time. We had a couple beers and got some new Bling. It was a great way to spend Laurie's birthday AND I made it home in plenty of time for the Shower. I've included a few pictures. Enjoy!