Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shamrock'n Half Marathon 2015

This past Sunday, I ran in my FOURTH half marathon. I am in the process of putting together a post with advice for people who want to start running (one of the biggest questions I get emailed is "How do I start?" or "How do you find the time?" so I want to get that for all you!). But I wanted to do a Race Recap. I actually did this race last year, so it's kind of fun to look at how much I've progressed from exactly one year ago.

I always lay my stuff out a few days beforehand, because it gives me a few days to look at everything and figure out what I'm missing.

 This was the first time I was able to wear my Moms Run This Town Shoe Charm. I just love it!
We got to the race before 7am because we were doing a big group photo before all the different waves started running. The sky was breathtaking.
 I was pretty darn excited to get going!
 Not everyone was able to make it into our running group photo, but this is my running group. I just adore this running community.
And here's my little group that all started together. We ran together until about mile 7 and then started to split off into littler groups. 
 You should have seen the man behind us as we were staging this shoe photo (moving girls around to make it the best aesthetically). Ha. Is it not normal to stage shoe photos?!?
For this race, I increased my intervals by a minute, so I was running 4 minute intervals (I think it's always fun to calculate my running time, because I used to think I just couldn't run! For this race, my total running time was 2 hours 8 minutes). Hubby snapped a few photos of me on the big screen in Raley Field. I know it's hard to see in this one, but there I am up there. 
Here's a closeup view of me on that scoreboard crossing the finish line. 
 And here I was running past Mr. Howard in the stadium seating.
Here was my official time! 2 hours 41 minutes 25 seconds. My goal was under 2:45, so I met it! This was a PR by 6 minutes and 33 seconds!
Connor came to watch me and he wasn't too thrilled. I asked him if he had fun watching Mama race and he asked me when we were going to lunch. Hmm. I will take that as a no. 
He was slightly more thrilled about the idea of getting to wear my medal. I'm pretty sure that's the only reason he's smiling in this photo. 
The most exciting part of this race is that it filled up all the pegs on my race medal and bib holder. Who would have thought when I started racing a year ago, I would have loved it this much? Definitely not me. 
Here's a recap of all the half marathons I've done so far. The 2nd and 4th were the same half, exactly one year apart. It's fun to see how much I've grown!
  • Oct 13, 2013 - 1st Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 1 minute - 3:05:59
  • Mar. 16, 2014 - 2nd Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 2 minutes - 3:01:37
  • Oct. 17, 2014 - 3rd Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 3 minutes - 2:47:58
  • Mar. 15, 2015 - 4th Half Marathon - Walked 1 minute, ran 4 minutes - 2:41:25


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So I found you on IG from a #mrtt search. I don't think it was until I read this post that I realized you were so close (geographically speaking, that is.) Regardless - my MRTT group (the Lincoln chapter) is in your pic above. I believe I just missed this picture (we were trying to find everyone) and I imagine we missed crossing paths by mere minutes.

I wanted to tell you that your IG post from a few days ago really spoke to me. I just finished my first half (the Shamrock!) last week and was WAY over my standard pace. My goal at the outset was "just to finish" and I did that, but I was much slower than during my training runs. There are a multitude of reasons that that could have occurred, but I was bummed. Reading your post shed some light on my thoughts. I was being WAY too hard on myself. :-) I wanted to finish and I did. I need to proud of my accomplishment. SO - thank you for putting it out there.

Keep up the running! Maybe I'll see you out at a future race!


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