Almost all the soreness from my half marathon on Saturday has worn off by now. It took a little longer than I expected because I taught 3 group ex classes yesterday. Yes, I said 3 – my own Cardio30 class, I subbed a Group Centergy class, then I subbed another Cardio30 class. It was kinda nice to work and stretch those sore muscles but, whew, I was ready for a break by today.
You’re probably ready for me to stop whining and recap the Pacific Crest half marathon already, huh? 😉 First, let me start off by saying that it was about a billion times better than last year! I suppose that’s what happens when you train, huh? Go figure.
To start, the weather was beautiful. It was predicted to be a high of 73 degrees on the day of the race and the morning was perfect. Dad and I arrived about 10 minutes before the race started and ended up near the front of the pack.
Once we started, I lost Dad almost immediately. I think part of my problem last year was that I started out too fast, so this year I made a point to pace myself. That meant that I didn’t stay with my speedy daddio for too long.
Mile 6 is when I knew it was going to be a good race. Almost halfway through and I felt fresh as a daisy…okay, not quite. But I did feel pretty good. Yeah, I was a bit tired, but I felt like I could keep going and I didn’t need any walking breaks. At mile 6 last year, I wondered if I’d even be able to finish. I was feeling so great this year that I texted my mom and hubby this pic…
Yeah, I look a little crazy. It was the excitement and disbelief that I felt this good halfway through that made me look like a sweaty lunatic. Whatever..I’ll take it.
I was smart this year and brought my own gels along with me. I took one roughly every 3 miles, then replenished my stash at mile 9 where the Clif Shots station was. I’m not the least bit ashamed that I started with 3 gels (all of which I used) and finished with 5. For a $70 registration fee, I’m taking all the freebies I can get!
I did start to slow around mile 8. My side started cramping up and I was losing steam. A few breaks to stretch my calves and hamstrings helped, but I did end up walking a bit. I was encouraged, though, when I kept thinking of how I felt at each point of the course last year. I’d run pass the river and think, “Right here last year I wanted to lie down and die,” or, “When I passed the golf course last year, I seriously questioned whether I’d be able to finish.” There were times I just couldn’t stop smiling because it felt so good to not feel horrible! The view was amazing, which also helped pass the time and distract me.
I gave myself a little break around mile 12 because I wanted to finish strong. By the time I saw the sign that said it was 500 meters to the finish line, I was ready to kick it into gear and shoot across that finish line!
This is a text I got a few hours after the race. Pretty sweet that they text you your results! It also broke down exactly where I placed in my age range, for women in general, and overall. 2 hours and 37 minutes, not too shabby for finishing in 3 hours and 15 minutes last year. I was pretty pleased that I knocked over 30 minutes off my time. 🙂 Though I’m also slightly embarrassed that it did take me +3 hours to finish last year, but I’m choosing to focus on the positives!
Once I crossed the finish line and received my massive race medal (seriously, it’s huge), I headed for the food because, well it’s free food..’nough said.
These little chia pods were pretty sweet. The little cups they came in are reusable and that orange thing on top is a spoon. It was basically like a little chia pudding and they came in different flavors. I grabbed a vanilla, but they also had banana, mango, and berry.
Of course, I had to take a pic with my daddio post-race. He finished in 2 hours and 1 minute, 10 minutes faster than last year!! He rocked it!
After finishing our post-race treats, we walked over to the starting line and took a few pics in front of the race arch.
My beautiful mama with my daddio.
When we got back to the house, I snatched up my trusty foam roller to give my muscles a little love. While I was on the ground rollin’ like a boss, my mama gave me this…
“I’m only half crazy.” Ehhhh, probably closer to 3/4’s but whatevs. Overall, the race was awesome and the weekend was entirely too short. We came home on Sunday evening and I laid in bed that night researching the next half marathon in Sunriver…okay, now officially fully crazy. :p Who knows if that motivation will stick, but there is the Marathon for a Cause at the end of August. Mayyyybe I’ll sign up for the half or maybe I’ll be more sane and stick with a 10k. We’ll see. 😉
Did you do anything fun this last weekend?
What was the last race you ran?