Princess Half Race Report

Monday, March 07, 2011

It feels like it's been so long since the race. We stayed in Florida for almost a week after the half and it was crazy busy. I'm still trying to catch up here but I wanted to get my race report written.

We got to FL on Thursday after a very long car drive (17+ hours) which included a stop to see the shuttle launch. (Thank you Holly for the awesome directions!) Friday we hit the expo early and relaxed the rest of the day. Saturday morning my husband and three oldest girls ran the 5K. They stopped and took pictures with all the characters which was a highlight for my 7 year old. We then went off to the kids races where my 5 year old ran. She had a blast and everyone enjoyed cheering her on. We went back to my parents to swim for awhile and then headed to Downtown Disney for the meet up.

I have a confession to make. I am a super introvert and the meet up seriously stretched me. However.. I'm so glad I went! I was an honor to meet my fellow Disney Sparkers and I'm sorry I didn't get to meet everyone. It is really cool to be able to put faces with names. I will definitely do it again next year and maybe get to meet some more people because I will be back next year!

I was a little nervous race morning because I checked the humidity and it was 100%. I had gone for a run on Friday morning in FL and felt the humidity. I was not trained to run in any sort of humidity so I didn't know what to expect out of myself on race day. I went into the race knowing that I was going to try for my PR but that I wouldn't be devastated if I didn't reach my goal.

Let's just say I knew pretty early on that this was not going to be my day. Mile 1 felt good, but not effortless. By mile 2 I was sweating so much- I wasn't struggling physically but knew by the sweat that I might have a hard time picking it up. By mile 6 I knew a sub 2 race was most likely out of the question and just started hydrating as much as I could. I was feeling sick to my stomach too and only got one gel down. I walked the water stops just trying to get as much fluid into myself. It's not like I was struggling to run, I just couldn't make myself go any faster. I knew my only chance was if I could pick up the pace for the last 3 or 4 miles. I actually chuckled to myself when I looked at my Garmin with 2 miles left and realized the only way I was breaking 2 hours was if I ran an 8 minute pace the last two miles NOT!

My official time was 2:03:03. It's funny that even though I was bummed about not meeting my goal, I look so happy in the race pictures my husband took. A highlight of the race was running down Main Street. My husband, three kids (one was too tired to get up) and friend got everyone around them to chant "Lisa, Lisa" as I ran by. It was so cool!

We left the race and cheered on everyone as we drove home. I felt good physically but ended up getting the worst migraine Sunday afternoon. I was in bed all afternoon except when I thought I was going to puke. I kept thinking how lucky I was that I decided to hydrate on the course because it could have been much worse. There was a runner down around mile 12- she was flat on her back and paramedics were there helping her. I don't know what happened to her but I hope she's okay.

Here are my stats from the race:
Official time 2:03:03
Pace 9:23
Overall Place 1074/13107
Division Place 149/1822
Age Grade 55.8%

My Garmin clocked it at 13.25 miles with the following splits:
Mile 1-9:20
Mile 2-9:00
Mile 3- 9:12
Mile 4- 9:12
Mile 5- 9:07
Mile 6- 9:05
Mile 7- 9:21
Mile 8- 9:32
Mile 9- 9:16
Mile 10- 9:33
Mile 11- 9:21
Mile 12- 9:20
Mile 13- 9:16
last .25 mile 7:52

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    2:03 .... I don't run that fast in my dreams!! Great job!! emoticon
    2654 days ago
    Great run! I'd love to break the elusive sub-2 as well! Good attitude and perspective. Sounds like you had fun.
    2657 days ago
    Great job - especially given the conditions.

    I too saw the runner down at mile 12 - they'd loaded her up on a stretcher and were taking her away in a golf cart. She was thanking the paramedics as I ran past...
    2657 days ago
    Well done!

    Don't worry about how long it took you to get your race report done - I only just got mine done today :-)
    2657 days ago
    I only wish I could run so fast--I hope to break 2:45 in my next half--and I will determined to be the fittest 50 yr old around!


    2659 days ago
    Wow! You did amazing! Congrats on becoming a princess!
    2662 days ago
    emoticon It sounds like you had a great race for the weather conditions. I hope one day I can run that fast!
    2663 days ago
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