Thank you so much for all of your kind comments yesterday, you made my day!
First off, this course is definitely a PR course, there was uphill portions and strong head winds at points but overall it was a very easy FAST course. Between the high elevation that I am still adjusting to and running this race on really tired legs (I did two speed workouts this past week and no taper) I am really thrilled with my time and I am excited to train extra hard for my marathon in December.
Let’s first talk about a man that ran the race in 1:14 with CROCS. I will not be able to understand the hows.
I woke up at about 4:40 and ate an ego waffle with syrup. I got ready really quick, packed some bread with jam to eat 30 minutes before the race start and got to the race at about 5:10 to pick up my bib. It was a super small race ($45 to register…I like that:) and the race director was hilarious and super laid back. They bussed us to the start where we waited for about an hour.
We started running right on time (no timing chips, the guy with the crocs was the one that just told us to go so I am basing my time off of my Garmin completely).
The course was insanely gorgeous. We passed by this waterfall three times. Each time it was breathtaking. Also, the temperatures were perfect!
I started eating swedish fish at about mile 4. You gotta do what you gotta do. I am all about keeping up with those glycogen levels.
I saw Rachelle at mile 7, talked to her for a few minutes while we ran and then let her pull me through to the end with her incredibly encouraging words and she would even get my water for me. This girl is so strong and I just love her to death.
It was a very emotional race for me. Wanna know something crazy about this race… it was my FIRST 1/2 MARATHON EVER a few years ago… it has been going on for 21 years now!
Just one more with Rachelle. I really like her.
My cute parents brought Brooke and like usual it is the best feeling to see her little face at the finish line.
My sister and her kiddos also came to cheer and we all ate pancakes afterwards together.
On the way home I made my nephew go in and get ice for me (he picked up some coloring contest papers too) for my 20 minute ice bath. The ice bath hurt for a few seconds but then after that it felt really good on my legs. I stretched for a while and foam rolled, I am doing whatever it takes to make sure I stay injury free because I really like racing. Racing is what gets me up out of bed every day to train.
I hope you have noticed that on my blog I stick to just endorsing products that I am obsessed with and things that I use myself a lot… I can’t even begin to tell you about how much I love the JayBird BLUEBUDS X.
I always race with music because it pushes me to run a lot faster and I have done too many races and runs with annoying chords getting tangled and stuck in my lip gloss in the past. Seriously, these wireless headphones make me feel like I am not even wearing headphones. The sound is perfect and it is super easy to set up the bluetooth with your phone/ipod etc. They are my secret weapon and I won’t ever be able to go back to normal headphones.
(Brooke took off the little ear pieces that hold them in your ear and they were upstairs when I took the picture and I was already to sore to go get them for the picture)
Notice my playlist name: Running ONLY. It is because I save the songs on this playlist just for running (and mainly just on speed days) so that they always seem kind of new and exciting to me.
Nothing like a late night Sonic run after a morning PR race with your mom.
I have an awesome race coming up in October—> The Runner’s World Half & Festival! I really feel like you should come out to Pennsylvania and run it with me!
You can get 10% off the Half with the discount code: hungryrunnergirlRWHalf
and 10% off the Hat Trick (the 5k, 10k and half marathon) with the discount code: hungryrunnergirlRWHat
Enjoy every second of your Sunday!