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I really wanted this beach towel, so I ran 13.1 miles!

Monday, March 17, 2014

It took 2:25:50 but at nearly 67 years old, I’m grateful to still be “in the race”


If you’ve read my March 5th blog, “Do you believe in Jinxes,”
you know I wasn’t sure I would even get to the starting line.
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With a sinus infection and penicillin I wasn’t even getting off the couch.

That followed my Feb 22nd blog about the nasty blister on my arch caused by the covering being worn off my custom orthotic.
”Who do you think wears these, the Incredible Hulk”
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The blister was still a problem 7 days ago. So my last 3 weeks of training were a complete bust. The race would actually be my longest run. My shoe guy suggested using “Easy Glide” on my foot.

Still we had planned a great family weekend in Virginia Beach. My daughter (Sparker Hayburner1969) was running the marathon AND the 8K the day before.

So with DH, DD, 2 grandkids and my asthma inhaler, off I went to the beach.
I tried to run on Saturday morning and stopped after 2 minutes. I just didn’t feel right, but walking was OK. So I decided to do the race, but I did fill out the emergency contact information on the back of my bib. Yeah, I was a little worried.

I joined corral #7 out of 10, just behind the 2:30 pacer.
It was 45* but quite windy. 12,000 runners were at the start and my spirits were lifted. This was my 1st HM in 8 years.

I felt really good for the first 6 miles holding a 10:45 pace even with my 1 min per mile walk breaks. The course is essentially flat, but miles 4-6 are a gradual uphill, so I was psyched thinking that the 2nd half would be easier.

It would have been if it weren’t for the wind, gusting to 35 mph, right in my face. It took my breath away and breath was something I didn’t have a lot of to begin with. I walked A LOT in the 2nd half. I lost track of how much. My IT bands were stiffening up too, and the walk breaks helped that. At this point I just wanted to feel good at the finish line.

I figured that as soon as we turned onto the boardwalk (about ½ mile from the finish) I would run in strong. Hah! The wind just about blew me over, but after steadying myself and getting my breath, I did run strong to the finish. I felt great too. I didn’t even need water.

I got my medal and towel which I wrapped around myself for the walk back to the hotel. That wind was COLD.

So you might say that I didn’t “leave it all out there,” but I didn’t need my inhaler. Those last miles made my overall pace 11:08, but I was 5 minutes ahead of that 2:30 pacer which was all I expected out of myself at the start.

I put on my winter coat and hood and went back to the boardwalk to watch my DD finish the marathon. Did I mention that the wind was strong and COLD!!

She did great in both of her races (3:58 in the marathon and 43 I think in the 8K). She got a special “Whale Challenge” medal for doing both.

I highly recommend this race. The organizers do a great job.
Also, I bought a perfect shirt at the expo.





That’s what I have - HOPE. For next time, that is.

Edit: I was 7th out of 32 in my age group. Now I have even more hope for next time.
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SMITTY4RL 3/23/2014 9:16PM

    Wow! You did great despite the obstacles. Love reading the post race reports--are you looking at doing another sometime?

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PDQ1203 3/19/2014 10:41AM

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Way to keep moving and finish up!
Kelly

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MARYRUN1 3/18/2014 9:17PM

    Great job! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 3/18/2014 2:58PM

    2:25 is wonderful! Oh course, I would think that since my PR is 2:26!! Wish I could run with you. Congratulations on your accomplishment.

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KANOE10 3/18/2014 8:40AM

    That cute beach towel was worth it! I am very impressed that you did the race in the wind and cold. Wind is really hard to exercise in.

I look forward to hearing about more of your runs! So nice that your family runs also.


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MBTEPP 3/18/2014 8:01AM

    Great job on the Half. What a worthy finish time! The towel is worth running 13.1 miles to the finish. It sounds like a beautiful course.

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Sometimes overcoming the challenges we face makes the prize just a little sweeter.

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JODROX 3/17/2014 10:12PM

    Sooooooo AWESOME!!!!! Way to go!!!
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MARYJEANSL 3/17/2014 8:22PM

  What can I say but CONGRATULATIONS! You are awesome!

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That's a VERY respectable HM time, in my book! COLD makes a body run faster! My fastest HM ever was last year and it was COLD! emoticon

And congrats to your DD in the marathon and 8K, too. What a great thing for a mom and daughter to share!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2014 7:45PM

    Well done!! You'll remember all of this every time you use that bath towel: you did it!! And love the Tshirt too . . . hope is so vital to optimism and anticipation!!

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THEVOW2013 3/17/2014 4:24PM

    YOU never gave in to your circumstances, that makes you a Champion in my book!

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GINIEMIE 3/17/2014 2:35PM

    Proud of you, you did great, love the towel. Wind in the face for an asthmatic is rough. Well it's rough for anyone, but when you already have trouble catching a breath it can be scary.
Glad you daughter did well too.
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JEWELS571 3/17/2014 2:09PM

    Hey, your finish time was great!!

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HAYBURNER1969 3/17/2014 12:47PM

    Great job, Mom! Funny, I finished at the 20th percentile for my age group and you finished at the 21st percentile. Although I just realized I finished in the 5th percentile in the 8K! Whoa. There were a lot more people out there "just for fun" in the 8K, though. The marathon and half marathon are a lot more competitive!

(Body Glide, not Easy Glide - did you wind up using it?)

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MISSB8604 3/17/2014 12:08PM

    That is seriously amazing!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 3/17/2014 11:32AM

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ONMYMEDS 3/17/2014 11:19AM

    Nice job!! Congrats!!

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DR1939 3/17/2014 11:03AM

    emoticon I had a similar experience on a much smaller scale on Saturday. We started out walking outdoors. The temperature was in the 30s but had to turn back after 10 minutes because the wind was so strong and so cold that my chest was hurting.

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WUMPASTAR 3/17/2014 10:45AM

    Congrats!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/17/2014 10:44AM

    Awesome job! What a great achievement!

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TERI-RIFIC 3/17/2014 10:06AM

    That is a great time! Love the picture and the towel IS a great prize. The hat is great, too. I'm wearing the one my husband got, even though it says 13.1 finisher and I'm not. (I need the sun protection) emoticon emoticon

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LEWILL1982 3/17/2014 9:46AM

    Congrats! Way to overcome adverse conditions and push through it, impressive!

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WILSONWR 3/17/2014 9:44AM

    You and your DD did great! Running in that kind of wind is awful!

I'm glad you got over your sinus infection, I'm suffering through one right now - it's been 3 days since I started taking the antibiotics and they just haven't "kicked in" yet. To make things worse, I'm heading to the ranch this morning so a friend can help me with a project down there. I don't think I'm going to get quite the work in that I normally do....

Take care!

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LINDAKAY228 3/17/2014 9:24AM

    So happy you made it against all odds! DD did great too!

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AUNTRENEE 3/17/2014 9:22AM

    Great job on the half marathon.

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