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Buffalo Creek- My 2nd HM

Sunday, October 16, 2011

As pumped, trained and ready as I was for my first HM in May, it felt so different for my second HM yesterday.

I had trained faithfully, so I felt nervous, but so ready. This time around, it was way too hot to run when I needed to start training again. I barely ran at all this summer. (Stupid MS & my heat intolerance!)

I did what I could. I started my long runs at 6 miles. I finally got in 11 miles 8 days before this HM. I do the Galloway run/walk method and just decided that if had to walk more, so be it. My son was here from SC for first HM and I was determined to be there.

The weather was cool & breezy. I really should have dug out my long running pants!

You parked at Lernerville Speedway. Picked up your race pack and were shuttled to the start by school bus.

The wind had REALLY picked up now! Thankfully you could wait in the fire hall.

Two of my favorite SparkPeeps were here, Bonnie & Brit!

Our son, Kevin (NOVABOY009), started running 3 months ago. Ran his first 5K the first week of August. He called it his "Coach to Half Marathon" program. He joined SparkPeople then and has already lost 30 lbs. Ahhhh... the young!

Not many port-a-potties and a freezing group start later. (Hate those!) Most of the 13.1 miles in on the Butler Freeport Trail. What a great place for a walk, run or bike ride! Kevin & his wife just bought a house near one of the trailheads. He's moving back to the Burgh after being in SC for the past 1 1/2 years. So happy & JEALOUS!

I didn't push it at all, but surprising had my fastest 5 miles & 10 miles ever. Then my lack of training became apparent. Noodlely legs. The urge to take a nap. My ishuffle lost it's charge around mile 11. (my own fault) I had to pee SOOOOOO bad! If it wasn't for the whole "run 4 minutes, walk 1 minute" thing, I would have just walked to the end. But my brain just kept me going.

I gotta admit to myself. I never got out of breath, so I know that I kept up with cardio over the summer, not just running. Good for me.

As anyone who has run this race before knows, the trail is an easy run until the end where you get to the town of Freeport. Enter the killer hill to your tired legs.

I did it. I finished. Not the, "YAY, I can just keep going!" like my first HM, but I finished the whole 13.1 miles keeping up the 4/1 intervals. I kept under a 12:00 minute split. I actually shaved off 2 minutes from my first HM.

Kevin, on the other hand, finished his first HM in 2 hours, almost flat. A 9 minute split for his first HM after starting to run just 3 months ago. I'm SOOOOO proud of him, but hate him justalittle. LOL And he was disappointed in himself! (insert eye roll here)

The top of my left foot along the outside is in a lot of pain today. I've never had this pain before. I'm icing & ibuprofing. Yes, I'm actually going to call the doctor if this isn't a whole lot better by tomorrow. Don't have a good feeling about it.

But at least I will always have this picture & memory. emoticon

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