It is also now 58 days until my next one: the Tinkerbell Half at Disneyland in California. I am also registered for the Princess Half in February. So, in short, I need to get off my ass and start seriously committing to some mid-week runs. It all started two weeks before the COO when I had to travel. I teach balloon decor and travel usually once to twice a month, depending on the month. No complaints - I love what I do... it's just hard to maintain a running schedule when traveling. I'm also on Weight Watchers and I don't have to tell you how hard it is to maintain points while eating at restaurants 3 nights out of 7. Anyway, on to the COO!
I was nervous and excited as the big day approached. I knew I could do the distance, as my Galloway training had prepared me for this. I just worried about the pace. I wanted to finish a sub-three-hour time and so I thought I would start with the 2:30 pace group and then I had some wiggle room. HA! This is hilarious in retrospect.
After I sent Danielle ahead with all my well-wishes, and got passed by the 3 hr pace group (::cries::), I just decided to finish and do what I could with what I had. We ran past the capitol building and I stopped to get a pic:
My son took this photo of me as a ran away from the hugs, and I am posting it because I have lost 25 pounds through running and WW and I hope it serves as inspiration to lose more:
Ok, I was half way through and my next goal was to get to my friend Emma, who was volunteering at the race. A few words about Emma - She is amazing! So outgoing and friendly in this super easy way to talk to. She befriends everyone and is just someone you want to be around. She is also so encouraging and I knew she would fill up my motivational reserves when I made it to her. It was about three more miles before I got to her and then I got to see her twice since she was at the juncture of an out-and-back road. I kept thinking I was ALMOST DONE because I was close to Hillsborough Street where the finish line was, but NOOOOOOOOO, I was still about 4 miles out. It's kinda cruel actually, because just when you reach Hillsborough, you have to do three out-and-backs before you can run down Hillborough to the finish line. The first two were not bad, but the last one was all the way to Western Boulevard before turning back. I was way ahead of the street sweepers and there were still lots of people behind me, so I knew I was doing ok. I did start walking quite a bit more and usually just running on the downhills. This is something else I want to improve before the next half - I have got to keep my intervals going! About mile 10, my leg starting hurting - can't remember if it as my knee or my calf now, but I was crampy and slowed down a bit. I ran past my Galloway friends Sue and Margaret and that helped me keep going. Only about 1.5 miles left!
Here's me with my medal:
So - yay! I didn't feel as life-changed as I thought I would, but now, weeks later, I can say it was a pretty great thing. I don't plan and work towards a goal as a general rule and this was something I really followed through with.
I am going to try to blog more - only because I think it helps keep me accountable. My next races should be fun with lots of photos. I do plan to dress up for both the Tink & the Princess (and truth be told, that the whole reason I wanted to start running - LOL). Oh! My official time for the COO was 3:14:27 with a pace of 14:50 mm. My Garmin had it a little different: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/240138965#.UK-ZNh_kFxt.email
And I also got a new charm for my bracelet: