I didn't take anyone's advice and ran the 5k WAY too fast. Started the first mile around 7 minutes and negative split the race until I finished with a time of 20:50 seconds. I vowed to take the 10k slower so I wouldn't kill myself before the half and the full.
I did take it slower but not slow enough, I still clocked in at about 45 minutes which is a 7:20 pace or so. By Saturday I was a little bit dead to say the least. Not from running 9 miles in 2 days, I was in great shape for the distance, but because I was recovering from being super sick, and each race began at 5AM meaning we had to wake up at 3:15 everyday!
The half marathon was NOT pretty. I ran AWFUL. It was hot, humid and miserable. The first 6 miles I felt fine keeping an easy 8:15 pace thinking if I feel good maybe I'll take the last few miles hard. At the 6 mile mark I began to break down, I started to feel dehydrated and sick. I finished the run in about 1:53, an 8:30 average. Man it was NOT fun.
I was DREADING the marathon, all I could think was, "how the hell am I going to run 26.2 miles if I could barely run 13 yesterday!" It was my best friend Nikki's first marathon, so I had promised to run with her and we had vowed to take it very easy.
I was a grumpy goose people. She was super excited and ready to run and I was probably the fun vacuum just sucking everything positive from the air with my negativity. I was just so scared that I would have that race we all dread and feel like garbage with 10 or more miles left to run.
I surprised myself though! We took it easy clocking in around 9:30 a mile, and by mile 15 I felt good enough to go ahead and start going a tad faster, I built up speed til I was averaging under 9 a mile and finished with not a good overall time but I felt great! I finished the 26.2 mile race in about 4:25 which is damn near an hour slower than my PR, but I finished, and never stopped, so I'm calling it a win!
I took Monday off, since I was traveling most of the day, then working the second half of the day. Then I had rehearsal for, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. By the time I got home I was SPENT. I checked the mailbox and there was a disc there with all my wedding photos on it... so of course I sat up and had to look at all of those!
Today will kick off my next session of training, I'll probably only get in an easy 4-5 mile run, we'll see what happens though!
As for the #makeachange challenge, I am holding strong with no pop! I even think I dropped a couple pounds since beginning the challenge! Can't ask for more than that now can I?
I just got back these two photos from the race! One is my "Dopey Finisher" photo and the other was me running with my buddy David in the Half Marathon!