On Sunday, I participated in my 7th Cowtown Half Marathon and my 14th overall. I was really excited about this race because it was the fifth in a five year medal series. Back in 2009 (their 30th Anniversary), the Cowtown designed a large medal that was made up of five different pieces (each piece being finishers' medals through their 35th Anniversary in 2013) that when assembled together they would form a star. I have earned the other four pieces and would be running for the 5th and final piece this year.
Saturday, while at work, I started to feel the tingly throat of a cold or allergies coming on. I told myself it was all in my head and that with a good night's sleep, I would be fine. I finished my shift and then S, the kids and I headed over to Ft. Worth to pick up my packet. Once, I had my packet in my hands, we dropped off our stuff where we were staying and then headed out to get some pasta. By the time we finished dinner, I was feeling worse than I was earlier and all I wanted to do was go to sleep. Lucky for me, S took charge and got all of our stuff together for the next day and the kiddos to bed so I could hopefully sleep off whatever this stuff was that was bothering me.
Sunday morning I woke up with a full blown sore throat. I was really annoyed with this but after I ate breakfast and drank some water, my throat felt better. We gathered the kiddos and all of our stuff and headed to the starting line at Will Rogers Memorial Center. While walking towards the starting line from the car, I was really questioning my choice of "outfit" (short sleeve shirt, shorts, arm warmers and gloves) because it was in the upper 30 to low 40s. Once at the starting area, I handed my jacket and pants over to S (telling him to have it ready for me at the end), pinned on my number, put on my SpiBelt with all my necessities, gave S and the kids hugs and headed over to my starting corral.
After about 10 minutes, I crossed the starting line and was on my way to adding another half marathon to my accomplishments.
I had told myself that I wanted to try to finish around 2:45 but would be happy with anything under 3 hours. I ran through Mile 1, 2, 3 and 4 like I knew I could. I still felt good so I continued running through Mile 5 and 6, through the brick roads of the Stockyards and Mile 7(running on bricks does not feel good by the way!) AND down Main St through Mile 8! Holy Moly, I just ran the first 8 miles...I have not not run 8 straight miles since before I became pregnant with AMC in January 2011! I chose to walk Mile 9 in order to take off my gloves and arm warmers and thank myself for not adding any other layers! There was a REALLY steep hill starting Mile 10 and going into Downtown so I walked up it and then started running again. I ran through Downtown and past the point where the Marathon and Ultra split off (thinking to myself that I was glad that I only had a 5k left and not another 13 miles!) and to the Mile 11 marker. I walked/ran Mile 11 and 12.In the middle of mile 12, Consuming Fire by Third Day came on my Mp3 player. I told God, "OK, I get it" "You have me and therefore WE'VE got this" and I pushed through to run Mile 13 and through the finish in 2:55:35!
Coming into the finishline!
I passed this guy during the last few steps of the race! I told him "Thank You"
After I crossed the finishline, I headed straight to get some water, snacks, finisher's shirt and reunite with my sweet family. When I found S and the kids, we found a place to sit and I spent some time doing some stretching and enjoying my post race ice cream! Once rested up, I was finally ready to take some pics.
Showing off my new medal
Showing off all 5 medals
A closeup of all the pieces put together
After looking at my past half marathon times, I discovered that this race was my FASTEST Cowtown and was 10 minutes slower than my PR! I will take that! I accomplished this even with the starts of a cold and a sore throat!