In the parking lot - first time
I've seen Em since Boston
Before the race start
I love this race. I imagine you're sick of my saying this but what a great race. I did not get the time I wanted at all but overall I had a blast and have such a good feeling tonight! What a great day!
The accordion man at the top of the first hill. Usually he is a speedo. Today he had on speedo briefs? But he still wasn't wearing much standing there in the rain playing his accordion and letting so many of us start the race with a smile! I always look forward to seeing him.
The crowd support is phenomenal particularly in the first half.
I love reading all the t shirts and signs. Favorite sign that I can remember was one a little kid was holding that said, "Worst parade ever." Favorite t-shirts were being worn by a young couple. Just on one, Married on the other. Apparently it said the same thing on the front, the opposite word. I had to catch up with them so I could congratulate them.
I love seeing friends I don't even know are going to be there. I am VERY good at picking people out in the crowd. Perhaps this is why I don't get the time I want. Too much gawking! I got to see cql
before she ran her first VCM marathon relay!
Best Race Moment
This one is easy........when Jameson
jumped in at around Mile 11 to race the last two miles of my half with me! What a treat and support. I did warn him I wouldn't be chatting and he said that was fine. He conversed with me. Plus he took lots of pictures. After my half he got me back to the race finish and continued on his way to do the same thing for his sister, who was running the whole marathon. He was told he couldn't go on the bike path but I didn't raise a kid without a brain and he found a way and ran her in. He called to tell me she was okay and asked me where I was. Therefore I saw them coming as he knew where to look for me. With his height and bright pink Team Halnon shirt he was easy to spot. I may not have spotted Emily
on my own! I also loved meeting Emily out on the beltway. She looked strong and fast.
I have to say the miles flew by. When I ran the Sweetest Half at the beginning of the month I remember counting down the miles rather laboriously. This was not the case at all today. I remember realizing I was already more than half way. The last half also went by quickly. There was no counting or agonizing over when each mile was going to be done. IT IS JUST A GREAT RACE!
This right after Jameson first started running with me.
Worst Somewhat Bad Race Moments
I don't know if I would go so far as to say there were worst race moments. I would have liked to have been faster. I would have liked no miles in the 10s but one was close to 11. I had a hard time coming up the hill in the beltway and that is where I started to slow down. But unlike last year in spite of the slow 12th mile I did not die and want to quit in the last two miles. I felt fine for the most part, just tired. I picked up the speed of the last mile by almost a minute. Yeah, me! I drank at every station but one. I ran through all hoses the wonderful people in the neighborhoods had set up. I did keep the negative thoughts at a distance for the most part.
When I finished and was lamenting a bit over my time, my son pointed out that his fit 25 year old friend finished more than 5 minutes BEHIND me. Thanks, Jameson. I needed that.
One of the worst race moments was BEFORE the race when my Garmin watch strap broke. Emily got it to stay on with a hair tie. Has anyone bought a watch strap replacement for the Forerunner 405?
Who knew how useful a hair tie could be?
Things You Shouldn't Do At Races
I wore new clothes. Worked out fine. I drank Gatoraid even though I haven't been training with it. I ate a Gu with caffeine even though I have determined in the past this is a bad idea for me. It was okay. I did have stomach issues but more after the race than during it.
Relay placement (thanks to my partner)
23/66 Mixed Relay Masters
Mile 1 9:53
Mile 2 9:26
Mile 3 9:32
Mile 4 9:08
Mile 5 9:26
Mile 6 9:48
Mile 7 9:51
Mile 8 9:46
Mile 9 10:14
Mile 10 9:19
Mile 11 10:10
Mile 12 10:51
Mile 13 9:53
My time was 2:09:10
Pace by Garmin 9:48 (will be less on race website as a little long)
This was about 3 minutes plus slower than last year. Oh well.
Tomorrow I do a brick to get ready for the Duathlon! I can't wait. At some point I need to rest (maybe that is my problem?) but not yet. Too many good races, too little time.
Here are some pics Jameson took when he ran with his sister.
We always like to do these long arm pics.
My friend, H, who is a great spectator.
I haven't mentioned the weather. It started out raining. You can see the puddles in a lot of the pictures. It wasn't bad as it kept the heat away. But once it stopped the heat and humidity were pretty bad. The humidity was at 90%. A lot of people complained about it. I don't feel I can do too much complaining since I did the first half.
After the Marathon
Emily, Jameson and I went out to lunch joined by a couple of friends. A leisurely lunch on Church Street on what turned into a gorgeous day while spending time with my children is the best. Then that evening the whole family went out to enjoy flatbread pizza and great salads outdoors on what was continuing to be a great day weather wise, something that has been in short supply. What a wonderful ending to May.