Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lake Sammamish Half

I had my alarm set to go off at 7AM this morning, instead I woke up at 6:30AM. As I tried to sneak down stairs and get some coffee my daughter woke up. My early relaxing morning turned into listening to an cranky 4 year old give out demands.  I started the day with a cup of coffee and and Eggo sandwich, and then promptly had to make one for my child who thought it was tasty.


After obsessing about the weather a million times I finally got ready and asked Sean to get up so he could take me to the starting line. The race start was only about 2 miles from my house, but it was raining so my plan to walk to the start changed to needing a ride. We arrived at the start a little after 8AM and I didn't want to get out of the car, it was so warm in the car. 



I hid out in a covered picnic area until about 10 minutes before the start.  It was cold and the rain and picked up a little. The race had sold out with 1,300 people and I figured if I started right before the walkers I would be in good shape.  About 5 minutes into it I saw Lori (a runner I met in October) about 50 yards a head of me and decide that I would work my way up to her.  I didn't want to push to fast so I took my time and shortly after the first mile I caught up with her.  We chatted for the next mile and then I hopped in front of her to let some people pass, and when I looked back again I was slowly pulling away. I was feeling great so I just kept moving along.

At 5.5 miles I took my first walking break to take my coat off. I was actually getting warm even with the rain.  Right around 8 miles my stomach started to turn. I knew that I had to find a port-a-potty to take care of some business.  Now I have never had to take care of this kind of business during a race, it is usually done after the race - either way it had to be done.  After my quick pit stop I was on my way. But by mile 10 my body was not having it. It was done running, no matter how hard I tried to push it kept stopping me. The only thing I can think of is I took care of the 'business', the thing I usually do after the race - so it thought I was done.  At mile 10, I sent a text my husband that I had 3 more miles left, I was wet, cold and miserable...oh and walking. These were the hardest 3.1 miles I have ever had to complete.   At mile 11, I looked at my watch and said...one more mile I can do that - ok Jen just 20 more minutes. Then a saw the mile 12 sign and realized I was dumb and I had 1.1 more to go.
My legs were cramping up and by the end I was shivering and almost in tears. I walked through the finish line, I didn't even have it in my to run. Got my medal, grabbed a piece of pizza, walked to the curb to see my husband and daughter pulling up.  I hopped in the car, he tossed a blanket on me and I held back the tears.

We drove to the local Claim Jumpers, I changed in the car and we indulged in some good eats.  My stomach wasn't haven't it but I did get to eat about half my Cheddar Potato soup and some pretzel sticks.

I realized at lunch that I didn't take a post race photo with my medal, so I took one at the table.  The medal was anything but metal, but I still am happy I earned it all the same.  It will still hang nicely with my other ones. 



Overall my performance wasn't what I wanted, but looking at the big picture I ran/walked 13.1 miles with no back pain.  That in itself is a miracle. The only 'old' pain I experienced was my right ankle, but it has been acting up this week so I was expecting that. 

While I was out running, my daughter made me a picture with the spelling help of my husband.  Seriously how adorable is it.
Mommy ran a race and came in first place
Up next, I have to prepare for the St. Patrick's Day Dash in Seattle and then work out a plan for the Portland RnR.  No point in dwelling on a bad run, I just need look forward to what is next.

18 comments:

  1. I hate the rain!

    I agree with you about looking forward.

    Good job.

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  2. I'm sorry this race didn't turn out as you had hoped. Just think about the fun you get to have for next weekend's St. Patty's day 5k - green beer!

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  3. Aw, sorry it wasn't what you hoped for, but you finished... and the medal is very cute, and your daughter's picture is wonderful! Hope you feel better very soon.

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  4. i was feeling for people doing this one. not nice weather.

    hoping to do it next year, so thanks for the race report! you're awesome for keeping on going when it was soooo hard!!!

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    1. I will probably do it again next year also. I mean how can I resist its so close to my house. Just a warning this year it sold out. It sold bout by Jan 23rd.

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  5. Sorry it wasn't the best race, but those kind really make you appreciate the better ones, right? I am glad you didn't have any back pain and you stuck it out and finished, great job! I love the medal btw

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  6. I'm so sorry that this race wasn't what you hoped for. It sounds like the first 8 miles were good (especially with going 5.5 miles before needing a walk break - WOW - that's REALLY great!!!!). The weather and a disrupted calm morning really impacts things for me. I'm sure your next race will be amazing!!!!

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  7. I think you did great!! Sorry it wasn't what you expected but you DID IT!!!! The only way I've ever covered 13.1 miles is in a car (or maybe walking around Disney LOL!). Color me impressed.

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  8. You are awesome for finishing the race and not quitting! That itself is an accomplishment. Good luck on your next one!

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  9. sorry for the horrible weather but you DID IT!!! be proud! and that medal is pretty darn cute! good luck on your next race!!

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  10. I am so proud of you that you kept going and didn't quit!! WAY TO GO!! :)

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  11. I'm sorry it didn't go as planned, but I think you're awesome for completing 13.1 miles when you were feeling bad. I thought the extra gravel, mud, and puddles made it harder than anticipated, and it was freaking cold except while running. I looked for you but obviously never found you. So many people! I don't know how you found a bathroom because they were few and far between.

    Be proud! You persevered! You can look back on this the next time you need a little extra oomph. Great job!

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    1. Thanks! It happens. My ankles hurt all day Saturday fromt he gravel, my shoes have looked better. But honestly it sucked - yet I am sure I will register for it again and prepare better for it.

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  12. You FINISHED! And I think that's what really matters and what you should be amazingly proud of. Despite the rain and you troubles you KEPT GOING! Be proud! There will be other races that you will dominate (starting with St. Patty's Day!). What other races do you have planned for this year? What did you think of that race? WOuld you do it again? Is the medal super flimsy?

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  13. You know Jen, maybe it was a bad race but you didn't give up and you crossed the finished line with your head high! Well done for pushing through. And I bet your next half will be a great one.

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  14. what an adorable medal!
    congrats on a back pain free race!

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  15. Great job! I've had races like that, too. There are some days the body simply will not jive with the race format. For me, problems usually start at the 9 mile mark. I feel for ya!

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  16. Sorry it wasn't the best race. That's a really neat medal!

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