Metro PCS Dallas Half Marathon Race Report!

 

Looking a little crazy eyes.  Hey don't judge, it was a hard run.

Looking a little crazy eyes. Hey don’t judge, it was a hard run.

Well folks I got a new shiny PR!  Woohoo!  That means I ran a Personal Best.  I needed to beat 2:11 and I got 2:04:12.  Personally I loved the race.  The course was pretty flat.  That’s all it really takes to win me over.  And there was a pretty cute guy in a speedo playing a guitar along the way.

WeRunDallasCollageThankfully, I hitched a ride with a bunch of my running buddies.  We got there super early because we all are a little neurotic and nervous on race day.  Thank goodness I have them because they are great making light of the fact we are all about to run our butts off.  We were supposed to take a big group picture with our running club but man, we couldn’t find where we were supposed to be.  Instead, we waited in line at the porta potties a few times.  If you have never run in a race, that’s what you do.  I call it nervous peeing.

Everyone said it was bad conditions.  It was misting and super humid.  Honestly, I wasn’t bothered too much.  I’ve been in worse for sure.  I planned on running a 9:45 pace for the first half and a 9:30 for the second half.  The problem was, I wanted to beat a 2:10 time and I didn’t actually do any math.  At about mile 5 the 2:10 pacer flew right on by me.  Shocked me!  So, I lit a fire under my butt and started running.  I averaged a 9:00 minute pace the rest of the race.  Brought me in at a 2:04:12. 

I know some of you reading this are way faster.  Me, however, I have never maintained that pace for that distance.  It seems that dreaded track work that we endure every week is working. 

BibandMedalsI celebrated by getting my 2013 and 2014 medal they owed me and a beer.  Then I met up with my buddies, congratulated them, and headed to the car to change so we could watch our full friends finish.  Have you ever been with six other stinky, sweaty, women all trying to completely change out of compression clothes inside of a car?  Well, I thought the race was challenging.  Oh boy.  Try to do the tight sports bra shuffle in the back seat of an SUV and let me know how it goes. 

Then we marched to the finish line and stood in the cold rain for an hour or so waiting on our full friends to finish.  It was so emotional!  Partly because I was freezing and my muscles were shutting down, but mostly because they were at the end of something they worked so long to achieve.  And they were all crying.  Man, I’m so proud of them but they scared the hell out of me for New Orleans. 

It seemed to have lit another fire under my butt.  Until January 25th I’m doing everything Coach tells me to do, keeping up with my cross training and keeping my diet in check.  Running 26.2 miles is no easy feat it seems.

 

It’s Packet Pick Up Day!!

 ExpoMeandKidsThe Metro PCS Dallas Marathon and Half Marathon is this Sunday!  So exciting!  My kiddos and I treat packet pick up day like a holiday. We get out of bed singing “It’s packet pick up day!” then we rush around to get the swag bag.  When there is an expo involved it’s especially exciting.  Don’t they look so happy?  Seriously, they really do like it.

DallasPacketThis packet was pretty cool.  I’m stoked about the number.  It looks like a fast number to me anyway.  The shirt is good too.  Win win. 

I’m all chatty about the packet but today was a little challenging to get to it!  See, I am a country girl.  Driving around in the big city with three kids that don’t think they can hear one another unless they are yelling at the top of their lungs is way harder than running a half marathon…in my opinion.  I was supposed to meet my buddies at 11 but I was an HOUR late from driving around trying to find the place.  Then driving around because I refused to pay $15 for parking.  What??  Crazy business. 

BuddiesatDallasExpoOnce we got inside it was all fun and games.  Sampled some food, got some GU, bounced on the bounce house and I scored a free shirt from Greenlayer!  Heck yeah!  You’ll be glad to know, my buddies were there.

So, race day.  First and foremost, one of my lovely running buddies has agreed to drive me.  Whew.  It’s supposed to be raining.  That’s ok, we always train in bad weather so we know what to expect.  I’ll put on a little extra body glide and use the rain as a distraction from what I’m actually doing.  My plan for this race is to PR which would be under 2:11.  I’m pretty confident I can do that.  I am not, however, going to kill myself out there.  This is a training race for me for New Orleans.  Meaning, I’m going to figure out when I need to eat before the race and ways to keep my nerves in check.  Oh man, I am a nervous nelly on race day.  That leads to bad problems…if you know what I mean…

There are 331 runners from my area doing this race.  Join me in saying a little prayer that everyone completes their race safety and has a great time doing it.  Everyone I know has worked dang hard and deserves the victory they will get on Sunday.  I know you’re stinking excited for my race report!