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Monday, June 9, 2014

Indy Womens Half Recap

You know how people say every race can't be a good one? Or the bad races really make you appreciate the good races?

 Well, those things can be said about my Indy Womens half marathon race on Saturday.
Saturday morning started out great. I got to hang out with Christie, who I hadn't seen in ages. I got to meet and say hi to a couple facebook friends, the weather was nice and cool, everything was perfect!


 Almost as soon as the race started, I could tell that I was going to start chaffing. That's a problem I never have, so it's something I don't have to think about. But I remembered the last time I wore this skirt, I was 15 lbs. thinner. Thanks to the stress of life lately, I guess I've been drowning my sorrows in too much ice cream. 

 It got so bad, so quick. At the 5k turnaround mark, I was seriously considering turning. But then I thought about the gorgeous medal that I really wanted. (It's the little things!)

 I wanted to scream in pain with every step. And that's not a pain that will ease with walking, so it hurt either way!

 Finally at the 7 mile mark I stopped at a medical tent and they gave me something for it. That definitely helped me finish out the race, but most of the damage had already been done. Also around that time, and for a couple miles my stomach was really hurting. I have no idea why. I didn't eat or drink anything out of the ordinary. So, I paid the porta potty a nice long visit. Ugh.


 Isn't running gross and embarrassing? Well, it is what it is, and it happens to all of us.

I love Indy, it's a beautiful city. It was a lot of fun running through it. The course was mostly flat, with a lot of shade too. Which was nice because it warmed up a LOT! The volunteers and water/powerade stations were awesome too.

I didn't look at my time until I was on mile 13. I knew it was bad and didn't want to start crying any sooner than I needed to. I finally see Christie and Jeremy at the finish.



Sure enough, I finished in 2:47. Out of all 8 half's that I've done, this was my worst time. It's kind of ironic that 2 weeks ago I PR'd with a 2:22!

 So, it was very disappointing, I shed a few tears. Knowing that this was my last big race until the end of September, made it harder.
 But, it's ok! I wasn't going to let it ruin my mood or my day. I just focused on my race 2 weeks ago, and remembered that the majority of my races are good ones. And what they say is right, I appreciate those even more!
 And I KNOW what I need to do. I am now serious about getting this 15 off again, plus 20 more. 



Getting to hang out with my girl definitely made me feel better!


Love the bling! Oh, and as for the drumstick, I decided not to even take 1 bite. Now that's some willpower!

Have you had a bad race?

Anyone wanna lose a few pounds with me? I do so much better with some accountability!







katie
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  1. Love your post!! I believe there were tons of people on the course that day that didn't do what they expected! As you know, it was my worst time out of all of my Half Marathons to!!! And as for the drumstick, I would have ate it!! ;) Love ya girl!

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    1. I know I heard of quite a few who didn't do as well as expected either! And you could afford to eat the drumstick, you skinny thing!! ;) Love you!

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  2. Momma said there'd be days like that... happens to everyone.
    & hey, that time? I'd give anything for that to be my half marathon time :) Its never as bad as you think :)
    I love the medal pushed you to keep the pain going.. I totally get that :)

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    1. Ha! So true, happens to all of us!
      Yep, who wouldn't want a butterfly medal??! :)

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  3. Pushing yourself to complete the race even though you were in pain is just amazing..you are really very motivating and the medal definitely looks worth the effort..

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    1. Thank you Tanvee, that is so sweet. I think the medal was worth it! :)

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  4. I have had many bad races, but also some good ones too. They can't all be good. I walked most of a marathon once.. Yikes.
    I too am trying to drop some weight as the doctor said it will help my running injuries. I am using the WW app on my phone and it seems to be helping. I have heard from friends that the meetings are even better.

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    1. I had to walk most of the Chicago marathon too. Not fun! You seem to be doing great on WW. I know that works!

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  5. Try not to be too hard on yourself!! You look beautiful and hey you finished!! I feel like I am always struggling with the same 5 pounds. Grrrrrrr

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    1. Thank you Teresa. I guess finishing is the most important part!!

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  6. Love that medal! Great job on overcoming the pain and getting to the finish line! I've gained some weight lately too, and really want to get back to losing as well. I've got to lose about 8 pounds to get back to where I was, and then about another 25 to my goal. I've been trying to use My Fitness Pal, but am terrible at it when I'm only accountable to myself.

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    1. Thank you Jen! I'll have to check out MFP. I need something!! Why can't we just eat all we want and still be healthy and thin?? Sigh...

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  7. Katie, I feel your pain! Its great to know you finished another race and survived, but knowing its your worse can be disappointing! I give you congrats for pushing through regardless because that takes true strength! You looked so cute in your outfit! Life can be such a pain with the curve balls it throws at you! I have been struggling mentally alot in the past year with those ugly life curveballs and I know it has effected my running and also made me put on a few pounds that doesn't help but hey, it is life, like you said, and just know you have a huge fan club out here cheering you on in all aspects!!

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    1. Thank you Rhoda. You are so sweet, and definitely make me feel better! You hang in there too, you're awesome! :)

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  8. Sorry you had a tough one, but I do think they make the good ones that much better. Good job sticking with it even with the chaffing!

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    1. Thanks girl! This will definitely make the next one better.

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  9. Even though this wasn't a great race day for you, good for you for sticking it out through everything that was working against you and getting across that finish line. And yeah, you're so right about running making us basically disgusting animals, haha. {I may be paraphrasing based on my experience...} So glad you found me! :)

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  10. I have definitely packed on some pounds lately, probably have about 8 to get rid of to feel comfortable. My eating has been out of control, I'm a stress eater for sure!! I can't even tell that you need to lose 15lbs? Where my friend??

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    1. You are so sweet Sue. All of my weight goes to my midsection- yuk!!

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  11. oh that sucks so bad it wasn't a good race. but damn girl, way to go powering through it! you're so awesome. i have been really slacking in running lately, and the half i did earlier this year was such a horrid time i was so embarrassed. i didnt have chaffing as an excuse, just the extra 15 lbs and a lot less fitness, lol. but congrats on your PR two weeks ago!

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    1. That extra 15 lbs really slows me down too. I guess it's those bad, embarrassing runs that make us appreciate the good ones! Thanks girl!

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