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Gate River Run 2010 Recap

13 Mar

Whew! It has been one heck of a day, and I am EXHAUSTED! Hubby and I started our day bright and early, and arrived at the race site at 7:15. We had to park about a mile away from the start. It was pretty chill out, but it warmed up start time. I was a little overwhelmed by how many people were at the race. The Gate River Run 15k had over 15,000 runners this year. So, I guess that’s why there were so many bananas:

The race started at 8:30, and I was stuck in the back because I’m not quite fast enough to be a seeded runner. Thankfully, the start was quick and I got to cross it in less than 10 minutes. Waiting for the start:

Ah, obstacle #1 – The Main Street Bridge:

I felt really confident after crossing the Main St. Bridge. I was running MUCH faster than I had planned. Best part? Chasing boys in skirts:

Sorry for the shitty picture. Taking a picture on an iPhone while trying to run is actually really hard.

The course was GORGEOUS. It ran along the St. Johns River and in some “old money” neighborhoods of Jacksonville. Pretty much every mile there were water stops and live bands playing. It was definitely a fun atmosphere. Somewhere around mile 3 I had to stop and take a picture of the beautiful sights:

I was doing awesome until around mile 6. I just got so tired. I couldn’t explain it. In order to survive, I started taking a 1-minute walk break every 4 minutes. I admit, the Hart Bridge was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, so I ended up doing some walking up it. Approaching the top:

And with my finisher’s medal:

I finished the race in 1:53:14 according to my Garmin. I also actually went 9.50 miles instead of 9.36. I’m really pleased with my overall performance. The River Run is a great race, and despite the massive blister on my big toe, I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!

P.S. – I’ll be sure to update with my splits as soon as I feel like getting my off lazy ass and going upstairs to get my Garmin.

Splits as promised:
1 11:37
2 11:54
3 11:39
4 12:00
5 11:44
6 11:37
7 12:02
8 12:38
9 12:31
.36 3:56 (1:51:41)
.14 1:32

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26.2 With Donna Recap

24 Feb

Finally, my 26.2 with Donna Marathon Relay Recap!

I apologize for the ridiculous delay on this recap. I was really sick on Monday, then last night I was entirely too preoccupied with my new iPhone. Sad, I know.

I met up with Stacey, Trish, Beth, and Maureen super early on Sunday morning. After a coffee stop, we got to the race site around 6:45 a.m. Stacey, Beth & Maureen had to rush off to their shuttles, and Trish and I wandered around and froze our asses off.

Around 9 a.m., I got on a bus to take me to my leg: Miles 15-20. The course was fantastic! It was a mostly shaded neighborhood trek through Atlantic Beach. So many people were in their drive ways to watch the race and cheer on the runners. The camaraderie was great! It was really inspiring me to run a full marathon.

Despite hacking up my lungs, I ran a new 5-mile PR according to my Garmin: 58:14! I was pretty stoked.

Honestly, I had a really hard time pacing myself due to adrenaline and my congested lungs just couldn’t keep up. I know I would’ve ran it even faster than that had I been healthy.

In the end, our relay team ran a 4:40 marathon. Awesomesauce! And we earned our medals:

For anyone considering this marathon, I highly suggest it!

Outback Distance Classic Half Marathon Report

28 Nov

Even though it’s been a few days, I still cannot believe I did it! I am a half-marathoner 🙂

All my stuff ready the night before:

The morning started out pretty cool out. I was terrified it would be warm and rainy, but it was neither. The Hubs and I got to the race about 45 minutes before start time, and I was shaking with nerves from the moment I got out of bed.

I saw the Hubs somewhere between mile 7 and 8 (I think). I had him give me some Tylenol, and he snapped this pic as I ran by:

Around mile 9, my IT band/left knee just couldn’t take it anymore and I had to implement walk breaks. I ran for 4 minutes and walked for 1 minute for pretty much the rest of the race. It was painful, but I knew I was close. Turning the bend for the finish line:

And after crossing the finish:

And my finisher’s medal:

I still cannot believe I actually did it. It’s weird. And I was extremely disappointed to find they were out of beer by the time I finished. 😦 I was really looking forward to that beer.

I can’t wait for the professional pictures to go up, so I can post them. I want to buy the one of me crossing the finish line and put it in a shadow box with my medal and number.

If I can get my IT band issues straightened out, I’m contemplating doing the Jax Bank Half-Marathon in December. We’ll see 🙂