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Monday, November 5, 2012

Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon Recap!!

Saturday I ran my 2nd Half Marathon!! 
Ready to get started!!
It was a chilly morning, not even 40 degrees. I got to the start line about 30 minutes early, but found an open building nearby where other runners were hanging out, trying to stay warm- so I joined them!
  Then it was finally time to run! The race started out with clear skies. I knew there was a chance of rain, but it didn't really look like that was going to happen.
I ran nonstop for 5 miles. I didn't look at my Garmin at all, for some reason I didn't really want to know my pace, I just wanted to keep on going, based on how I felt.
 There were 2 really big hills, but I ran up both of them! I knew if I walked, it would be harder to start running again. Once those hills were over, around mile 6, I heard someone beside me saying it was all easy from there on out. That was GOOD to hear!
 I brought some Clif Shot bloks with me. I was so glad I did, I feel that they gave me some good energy! Although they are a little difficult to chew.
Hard to read, but it says 1:17, already 9 minutes faster than last time!

  Around mile 7, I met a super sweet girl, and we ran together for the next 3 miles. We talked the whole time, and it helped me SO much! I was actually surprised I didn't stop and walk the whole time, but it's because talking to her kept my mind off of it, and I couldn't listen to my brain telling me I needed to walk. It was wonderful! This was her 10th Half! We exchanged phone numbers and plan on running together again. 
  During the time I was running with her, it started POURING. I've never ran in rain like that! The most I've run in is a light rain. But it was raining hard! I was so glad I wore my hat. It was literally dripping off the bill. It was crazy! A lot of the runners said it was sleeting or hailing, but I never felt that. 
 It rained the rest of the race, although not that hard!
  
  My last Half Marathon was finished in 2:43. I  knew I would do better this time, but I was guessing it would be 2:35, although I was praying for 2:30!
  When I got to mile 11, I knew I was doing even better than I thought! My shoes and clothes were soaked, but I gave everything I had for that last mile! At that time I could tell my shoe was rubbing the back of my ankle raw! I was so disappointed, because I didn't think my new Brooks would do that! But I'm thinking it may have been because they were soaking wet and my sock must have slid down, and just that constant friction caused it. 
Sorry if this grosses you out!!
Then I start to hear the cheering crowd and some guy with a microphone encouraging everyone, letting us know we were almost there!! 
 And I cross the finish line in 2:25!!! I was SO ecstatic!! My honey and Jonah were there at the finish line.
I beat my time by 18 minutes!! I was shocked!

I was absolutely chilled to the BONE though! It was so cold and rainy. I had teeth chattering and shaking and everything! I finally warmed up after a long, super hot shower!
  It was a wonderful race though. And I'm so thankful for April, who I believe helped me get that huge PR! 
 I'm telling you, I have never met nicer people than I have in this running community. I am SO incredibly thankful for all you, my friends. For all your encouragement and support. You all mean the world to me!!


 


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  1. Congratulations!!!!! It sure was cold, I was feeling for everyone running. I loved seeing so many facebook updates about the race this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It was so much fun, even though it was freezing! :)

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  2. Congratsssssss!! HUGE PR girl!
    AND you made a friend during the run, that's even nicer!

    I am absolutely loving your top btw!

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    1. Thank you!! The top is Champion, from Target! It held up great in the rain too!

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  3. CONGRATULATIONS!! Oh my gosh such a great time! Keep up the amazing work!

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  4. Congratulations!! What a great story 18 minutes is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you! I honestly couldn't believe it!

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  5. Congrats on finishing your second half and getting your new PR!!

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  6. I love, love this! Congrats on your PR. That is so awesome!! Sometimes not knowing your pace or time, and just listening to your body, paves the way for wonderful results.

    How fun to have made a new running friend, too. That can make a huge difference. :)

    Hope your ankle heals soon. That looks just painful!

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    1. Thanks, Clarinda! It was an awesome experience!

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  7. Congratulations on your PR! :) That's so fantastic! I still have yet to run a half, so you're doing better than I am! So glad that you found a running buddy to help you through those miles! I love meeting new people who are runners! Hope your ankle heals soon!

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    1. Thanks, Carie. Hopefully you'll run one sometime, it is unforgettable!!

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  8. Way to go! That is a fabulous PR! I would have died of happiness!! :)
    Way to stay strong in the rain! That would be really, really tough! Although, I love a long run in thee rain followed by about an hour in a hot shower!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! I pretty much did die of happiness! I don't mind running in a light run, that's pretty enjoyable, but this was just cuhrazee!!

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  9. Congratulations, that's a HUGE PR!!! So fun you made a new running buddy too!

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  10. Congrats! That's amazing! Your post make me so excited to run my half

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  11. AMAZING FINISH! So awesome! So excited for your PR! HUGE difference!! :( on your heel...that stinks. Probably the wetness...I got hamburger toe on my first half, so for the second I slathered every inch of my feet and toes in vaseline before putting on my socks. So far on long runs I've been fine and no repeats (but I had never had a blister before that first one before anyway, so who knows!)

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    1. Thanks, Jess! Hamburger toe sounds horrible and painful! I think it probably was just from being wet, good idea about the vaseline, I'll do that!

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  12. Well done! And I loved reading about your meeting someone to run with.

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  13. Congrats on your half and setting a PR, thats fantastic! Also, I am in love with your top where is it from?! I'm so into purple right now so its perfect haha.

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  14. Congratulations on a huge PR and for toughing it out in the rain! Would you recommend this race?

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    1. Thank you! I would definitely recommend it. I plan on doing it again next year! It was great!

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