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Oakland Half Marathon

March 28, 2012 4 comments

The day before my race I thought a part of the experience I was hoping for at Oakland was going to be, to some degree, ruined due to the rain. It was pouring at the Expo and it had me a bit worried.  Regardless, I was running rain or shine and wanted to make the best of it.  While at the expo, I got to meet a bunch of fellow Oakland runners at the” tweetup.”  It was great meeting all of them and to share in the excitement together.  Below is one of the group pictures.

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I went to bed pretty early Saturday night and didn’t sleep well.  I don’t think it was because I was nervous, more-so that I hated the pillow situation in the hotel room. ha!  I woke up fairly early (but not as early as if we had driven to Oakland from Lathrop the morning of, thank goodness)!!  Jesse ran to get us coffee and came back up to the room all excited that it was partly sunny and NOT RAINING.  It’s a miracle! ha.  I didn’t hardly believe him when he told me I wouldn’t need my jacket.

The pre-race excitement was awesome.  I felt great and ready to go.  I think there was around 4,000 people running the half marathon.  You can see how many hats are in this picture -people expecting the rain.  The start was one of my favorite parts of the whole thing!  There was music, people were dancing, and we all got to run through confetti which made me feel a bit like a super star.  And I was ready to kick some ass. 😉

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All through my training I incorporated scheduled walking breaks at every mile during my long runs.  Pretty much the only way I am able to have enough energy to go 10+ miles.  I planned to do the same on race day, with the exception of not walking until mile 3, because I didn’t want to be the slow person who walked first. haha!  But I got to mile 3 and I was feeling great; not tired.  I realized that even though I had my headphones in, I hadn’t even yet turned on my music.  There was so much to listen to and eventually tucked away my headphones.  The conversations around me, and the cheering crowds were way more motivating.

Since I was feeling good at mile 3, I kept running.  I got to mile 6 and texted Jesse.  I told him I was doing good and was almost half done -and hadn’t yet walked!  I was surprising myself and somewhere around mile 7 I remember telling myself, “I am going to run this whole freaking thing!”  Except I definitely didn’t say “freaking.”  😉

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I was in the best frame of mind I could possibly be in.  I felt strong and confident.  My legs started getting tired around mile 11, but the rest of me still felt great.  The last half mile was the toughest.  It was the only time I felt like I was really pushing myself to put one foot infront of the other.  Luckily Jesse found me and seeing him & Max gave me that little extra boost I needed….. to go up the hill right before the finish.  What a place to put a hill!!! 😉  My poor quads.

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My only goal was to finish and have fun, and I did.  I loved this event.  It was the perfect first half marathon.  My “ideal” time to finish by was missed by only 5 seconds, BUT I couldn’t be more happy with myself for running the entire 13.1 miles.  I didn’t even know I could do that!

On to the next run!

A Little Pre Race Freak Out

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

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With less than 48 hours until my very first long distance race, my mind is busy trying to organize all the last little details. What I am going to have for breakfast? What I am going to wear? What jacket am I going to bring, and… do I wear it or not? Can I really fit 4 Gu’s in one pocket? How do I water proof my phone & iPod shuffle? – and, is it reeaally  going to rain!?

I feel like I have the decision making capability of a 2 year old.

On top of it all I woke up this morning feeling a cold coming on….. and….. on top of that I can go ahead and kiss my pretty manicured toes goodbye.  Well two of them anyways.  Let’s just say you wont find me at a nail salon getting a pedicure anytime soon. This picture has been my phone background for the last month, and there’s a whole new truth to it now! Perhaps it’s time for new shoes (yay!).  But that will have to wait.

Even though my mind is in full on plan freak out mode, I am trying not to get stressed, because more than anything I am really excited. I feel confident in my training and I want to have fun.  And I am certain I will!

I am even looking forward to the expo tomorrow to go pick up my packet & bib… and maybe even a hat if this rain is really going to happen. (booooo).

Going into my first long distance race, my only focus is to finish and to have fun doing it.  I am pretty sure it is going to take me around 2 1/2 hours, which I am A-OK with. 🙂  I know I need to focus on each mile as I run it, and at mile 3 not let myself get overwhelmed over that fact that I still have freaking 10 more miles to go. oy.

Whatever. bring it rain. bring it cold. and bring it stupid toes.  I am going to complete my run, and I hope more than anything that I look back at this post in 6 months to a year and laugh at myself for being so silly asbout a measly 13.1 miles.

Progress Report: Week 2

January 15, 2012 1 comment

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I’ve successfully completed my second week of half marathon training! So far I have to say it is a whole lot of work! But it’s also a unique experience. With each week comes a new accomplishment which propels me into the next week’s schedule with newly found confidence. Week two was 18 total miles, ending with a 9 mile long run on Saturday. 9 miles! That’s my new accomplishment as it is the longest distance I have ran. Ever.

This weeks long run was tough. I was struggling and felt slow. I knew I was going to finish the 9 miles, even if my legs fell off and I had to crawl! Around mile 4 or so I checked my gps and realized that I was somehow running faster than last week! Honestly I thought my gps was lying to me. I took a GU around mile 5 and felt relieved I was over half way done.

On my last mile I started getting excited that I was going to finish my longest run yet! I looked at my gps with about a half mile left and was again, totally surprised at the pace. I didn’t understand why I felt so slow when I was doing so much better than last week. I had shaved about 2 minutes off of every mile! I started feeling really proud of myself and got pretty emotional. I’m guessing this was my first “runners high.” I must have looked like a crazy person that last half mile. I passed a walker that I recognized from last weekend, and seriously considered high five’ing him. haha! I refrained but kind of wished I had! He smiled at me and instead of just smiling back I started laughing. Out loud. Like I said, I must have looked crazy. Then I started getting all choked up and thought I was going to cry. I was completely emotional because I was so happy that I’d done so well and reached my goal for the week. Running is emotional and weird, and I love it!

Now I’m going into next week’s training feeling strong and confident, which is great since it’s going to be a pretty big milestone. I am going to reach the 10 mile mark!! That is a big deal to me. It’s exciting and challenging and I can’t wait to have a double digit run under my belt!