Monday, April 18, 2016

Carmel Half Marathon Recap

Saturday I ran my 21st half marathon, the Carmel Half.

You guys. This was my best race in a year. I finished in 2:37, the exact same time as last year! Which is also my fastest time since then. This race was perfect.

Jeremy wanted to come with me, so we could have dinner with his friends in Indy after the race. So we headed to Indiana Friday afternoon.
 We stayed with my friends Dave and Ginny, who I always stay with when I do races there. Ginny is actually my mom's best friend, and has been since before I was born.

We ate at Don Pablo's Friday night. I decided I will not eat Mexican food the night before a race again! I've done it before, and it hasn't bothered me, but after the not so great meal and not so great margarita, I just felt heavy and gross. Never again!

Packet pickup
We woke up at 5:15 Saturday morning, I get ready, eat my peanut butter and banana sandwich and we drive 20 minutes to the race.
 There were 4000 runners, and they had a 5k, 8k, half and full. It was a little chilly, but I knew it was going to warm up quickly into the 70's, once the sun came out.

They had a prayer, the National Anthem was sung, and we were off at 7:30!
I really love this course. It goes through a few nice neighborhoods, but it also goes on the Monon trail, which is just beautiful. Carmel is such a pretty town. It was voted #1 best place to live in the US by Money magazine. I would love to live there if it was near a beach.  :)

I really, really wanted to do good at this race. Of course I always want to, but I knew this was a fairly flat course, and I wanted to really push myself and do my absolute best.

So, that's what I did. I usually run nonstop for about the first 5 miles, then after that I run/walk. I don't have a set method, I just do what I feel like doing.

I took my GU's at miles 5 and 10, and they had PowerAde at the water stations. The volunteers were amazing!! This is such an excellent, well organized race. Which is the reason I've done it 4 times now, and will continue to do so!

I felt great the whole time. Honestly, never once did I feel like ok, I want this to be done. I felt that good! I pushed myself to keep running, even when I wanted to walk. And then I see the finish line. And Jeremy. Then I started crying.
 I'm sure I've cried at a finish line before,  but I don't remember...
I was just overcome with emotion. Knowing I gave my all, and it paid off. Even though it wasn't a PR, that was ok. Then just seeing Jeremy there, and being so appreciative of how supportive he is of me and my running. I was so happy. That runners high lasted for hours!

 We drove back to my friends house, picked them up and went for lunch at Wolfies Grill, right on the lake. The food was great and the view was beautiful.
I adore these people
Jeremy and I did some sightseeing, and then met another couple for dinner, and got home late Saturday night.
 Such a fun weekend, such a fun race!!




14 comments:

  1. You are becoming a half marathon ROCK STAR!!! I'm so proud of you & the way you keep pushing yourself.
    Oh gosh - I got a little choked up at hearing your emotion at the finish line. I get it - totally.
    & hey.. nothing wrong with living in Indiana ;) haha

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  2. CONGRATS on your 21st half marathon. Your running career is now old enough to drink!
    It sounds like a great race!

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  3. Congratulations on your race. I am only 18 behind you!!

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  4. That is awesome! Way to go on #21! And you've also convinced me to add this one to my race calendar. :)

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  5. Oh how fun! With your best times on this course, I'd say this is one of those races you should consider each year, that's awesome you do so well at it!
    I've never had Mexican before a race, but oh how I love it as my celebration dinner, LOL Good stuff!
    Sounds like you had a fun weekend on top of it all.
    Awe that runners high, sounds like seeing your hubby was exactly the sight you needed to see at the finish! Love that story, sometimes when we push it as best we can, it's the little things that can happen like someone waiting for us at the finish that just totally makes the run and then some!

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  6. So glad #21 was such a success! I'm sure that's an awesome feeling. I love how the races always include the people you love. That makes me happy. :-)

    Just one question. How do you always manage to look so great after 13 miles? I always look like I need an ambulance...

    April in Georgia

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    1. Oh April, you are so sweet! And you do NOT look bad after a race!!

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  7. Congrats on a great race! It looks like a beautiful place to run. I'm glad Jeremy came with you and you had such a wonderful weekend!

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  8. I can definitely see Mexican as a better celebration food than night-before food. Congrats on #21!

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    1. That is for sure, I learned my lesson!! Thank you!

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