In case you missed it, here’s Recap #1
Where did we leave off? Oh yes, the race had just begun!
My overall goal for this race was just to finish, with a secondary goal of not having to stop to walk. This was my first ever half-marathon and first time running over ten miles. Since I had done my longest run of 10 miles over a month ago, and because of my recent knee pain and serious taper in my training throughout this past month, I honestly was not sure how this was going to pan out.
As we began running, I tried to think about how far I had come, rather than how far I still had to go. I ran ten miles over a month ago, but at least I did do it at some point. Yes my knee bothered me a little, but I was still able to get through all of my training. It looked like it was about to downpour, but it was over 50 degrees, I was adequately dressed, and I was running alongside my two best friends.
I realized that I had done everything in my power to make this race a success, so at that very moment I let all of my negative thoughts subside, and ran my little heart out! Oh ya, and for the record it DID NOT DOWNPOUR! Yay!
Jill and I stuck together throughout the whole race. We ran the first 2.5 miles excruciatingly slow because of the large crowds of people. We probably should have lined up closer to the 9 minute mile marker, but I honestly liked starting off slow. I wanted to ensure that I would have enough energy to finish strong.
Around mile 4 we were running at a great pace. There were water and aid stations at every other mile so we made sure to grab some Gatorade or water, even if we weren’t thirsty.
Miles 5-9 FLEW by! We chatted, listened to our music and enjoyed the incredible scenery. This race was voted one of the prettiest courses to run, and now I know why!
We ran through some of the most scenic spots of Newport including Aqudneck Island, the historic Thames Street in downtown Newport, around Fort Adams State Park, past Hammersmith Farm and the Newport Country Club, around scenic Brenton Point and Ocean Drive and past the famous Bellevue Avenue mansions.
Around mile 9, my Iphone died and I had no more music to listen to (someone help!) I tried everything to keep it alive, but the situation was inevitable. I lowered the brightness, barely switched songs and seldom adjusted the volume. The fact that I used the GPS app on my phone earlier, coupled with taking several pre-race photos and listening to music totally drained my battery!
There I was at mile 9 with 5 more miles to go and NO MUSIC! I told Jill, and she smiled and told me that I would be just fine (thanks Jill!)
Much to my surprise, I actually was fine with no music for 5 miles, and kept a steady pace. The beautiful scenery and the support groups standing on the sidelines definitely helped. I know that some people are able to run without music, but I never considered myself one of those people, well not until now anyway. I like to run to music, it motivates me, but it’s nice to know that I can do without it if I have to.
I’m such a dork
The last 3-4 miles were honestly kind of a blur. I remember my calves tightening up and my knees starting to hurt, but I just ignored the pain and kept going. I was NOT going to stop running. I do remember that mile 12 seemed awfully far from mile 11, but once we got there we only had one more mile left and I knew I had it in me!
We crossed the finish line in 2:18:36 which is slower than I anticipated, but I’m still very happy with this time. We were forced to run at a below average pace (for us) in the beginning, and did not challenge ourselves to make up for that lost time throughout the race. I also achieved my goal of simply finishing without having to stop to walk so that alone made me feel accomplished!
When we did cross the finish line I was THRILLED, but I still had some steam to keep going if I had too. To me this means that I probably could have finished a little bit faster if I had pushed a little harder, but it was my first half-marathon and didn’t know what to expect.
After the race was over, we picked up our medals and took some post-race photos. Check out the bling!
We then picked up some post race fuel (Powerbar and Gatorade), and boarded the shuttle to get back to the car.
We were on our way back home when we noticed a Marylou’s Coffee Shop. I immediately pulled over since I’ve wanted to try Marylou’s coffee for the longest time! I went with a hot “milk and cookies” decaf coffee. It was fantastic and the perfect way to end an incredible morning!
I am glad to report that post-race I am feeling slightly sore and fatigued, but nothing some foam-rolling and extra sleep won’t fix!
A BIG thanks to everyone who supported me during my training and congratulations to everyone who completed the Amica Marathon and Half-Marathon! It was an experience of a life time and I couldn’t have done it without you.
Have you ever ran a half-marathon or marathon?