Brooke was not very happy with me when I tried to wake her up before she was ready to the morning of the race. She is especially not happy with me because I am posting a picture of her crazy morning hair on the internet.
Brooke had slept all day on Saturday so that night she was ready to hang out and so both Billy and I got about 4 hours of sleep. I think Brooke was so excited to go to her first race that she couldn’t sleep. Luckily they say the night before the night before a race is the really important night for sleep and Friday night we slept a lot. I sure hope that sentence made sense.
The race didn’t start until 8 so I started getting things ready at about 6. Race morning has changed big time now because before we left I needed to pump. make sure that everything was packed for Brooke and I didn’t take my usual (because I am breastfeeding) caffeine and beta alanine I had my normal white bagel with jam breakfast and also had some pretzels purely for the salt on them:) I used to put pb on my pre-race bagels but learned that pb and running don’t mix well for me.
The race start was about 10 minutes from our house but when we got close to the start the freeway was completely stopped and so I just jumped out and walked to the start. Yes, I do realize that my eyes look extremely tired hence why I wore sunglasses for the whole race.
Because I am an obsessive mom I brought my phone (good thing the cup of gatorade I spilled on myself didn’t break my phone) with me just in case Billy needed something or Brooke wouldn’t take the bottle. Good thing I did so that I could take pictures and text billy before the race started to have candy ready for me when I saw him on the course because I forgot my fuel. Fuel for this race = Gummy Life Savers… they worked perfectly.
There were 18,000 runners yesterday for the 1/2 Marathon and Mini-Marathon. You get the best of both worlds with this race. You run around the city for a while and then you head into beautiful residential areas. I love how organized RnR races are and that they ALWAYS start on time. Late starts make me crazy.
Sorry man in front of me for taking pictures of you.
I got to see Brooke at the 10k mark and that gave me a huge burst of energy plus he gave me my candy and that helped big time too. My Brooks PureFlows are my new favorite racing shoes in the history of my life.
I forgot to set up my Garmin to lap at each mile so I don’t know my mile splits but my main goal was to keep a consistent pace throughout the race and not go out too fast. This is a pace chart over the 13 miles. I am a nerd and could look at this kind of stuff all day long. I finished in 1:31:55, 7.5 weeks after having Brooke.
Can you believe the top ten finishers times?!?!
I definitely started getting tired at around mile 10 but the three things I kept thinking about were:
1. The tiredness you are experiencing now is NOTHING compared to how tired you were during labor and you made it through that!
2. Pump your arms faster and your legs will follow… it’s science.
3. The faster I run, the faster I get to see Brooke.
They handed out Jamba Juice at the end and it tasted so good, I think that should be a requirement for all races to provide.
Brooke wanted to wear her ‘my mom is faster than your mom shirt’ and I let her even though I thought it was kind of prideful of her.
Thanks Brooks Running for sponsoring me for this race so that I could RUN HAPPY!!!
Today and tomorrow Billy has Fall Break so today we are going to San Francisco to eat crab sandwiches and show Brooke the actual houses from Full House.
What are some of the things you think about when you start getting tired as you run?
What is your favorite race start time?
-8 was perfect for yesterday’s race but I love Utah’s early morning race start times that are usually around 6.
Have you ever been to San Francisco? What are some of your favorite things to do there?
If you had to choose only one type of race to run in for the rest of your life would you choose big races or small races?