This past weekend was a pretty good one!
I got my shirt and bib:
And then the Spousal Equivalent and I decided to prepare for the week.
I made some chicken:
And I went to bed early.
The next morning, with a 7am start time, was the Massive Medal Half Marathon.
I felt pretty good going into it. it was a cool morning, but not too cold.
Of course, I immediately lost my friends.
And honestly, lost is the way to describe it. I don't know why, but for a large track of the race, I felt that I must be going the wrong way. I shouldn't have to ask the volunteers for directions!
About mile 3 it happened. I had to pee. Unlike the Crawlin' Crab, there were no porta-poties at the first few water stops. Hell, by the time we turned onto Warwick Blvd, I was eyeing some trees. My mile 5, I was a bit desperate. And I saw it. On the other side of a turn-a-round. A porta-potty! But it was at mile 7. I had to just hold out a few more miles.
It was about then that I realized that I was like 4 people from the end. And that was unacceptable. I changed my run/walk interval. I passed two people.
Then we went by the museum, and onto Riverside Drive. Someday I'm going to win the lottery and live here. I even picked out a house or 6 to live in!
About mile 12, I really was dragging. I turned off my interval timer. I turned off the music. I just concentrated on power walking the rest of it.
As I was running in, there were runners getting into their cars and leaving. But the ones walking to the parking lot were encouraging.
Then I saw it. Pomoco Stadium. The last bit of the race was a victor lap. 3/4 of the track to the finish line. The SE met me to take pictures. And I got some help running from a friend:
I did it! I got my spoils: water. Gatorade. a slice of pizza. and a FRICKING HUGE MEDAL
And here's my results:
Congratulations on finishing the Virginia Running Festival on November 09, 2014. For your records, the weather at the start was overcast, 52 degrees F, west wind 4 mph. Your overall finish place was 400, your age group finish place was 28 and your gender finish place was 216. Your time of 3:27:28.75 gave you a 15:50 pace per mile.And I made some goals:
- I used my run/walk interval timer for the overwhelming majority of the race. I didn't give up and walk for miles on end. I ran throughout the whole race.
- I was under 3 hours 30 minutes
- I was under the 16 minutes/mile pace.
- It was a half marathon personal best!
After dinner, I went up to watch Netflix. The bed was the most warm and comfortable it's ever been.
After switching to a movie that I've seen at 8pm, I turned off the light and gave up at 8:30.
|I was SSOOO tired!!!|
Today my knees and lower back are killing me, and I have an amazing headache. I need to continue the training. Add in weight training and Pilates, but that can wait.
Though this morning I decided to let people know of my issues with the race.
Hey @RunFlatOut how about having some porta-potties on the front half of the #VirginiaRunningFestival as well as the back. Love, my bladder.
— Meari (@DaneeneMeari) November 10, 2014
I even got a reply:
@DaneeneMeari thanks so much for the feedback, and for being a part of our event! Great job finishing the half marathon!
— Flat-Out Events (@RunFlatOut) November 10, 2014
Now I'm at work with my massive medal. Man I'm sore!
But do I feel accomplished!