6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mercer Island Half Marathon

Garmin Stats:
13.21 Miles
Time- 1:47:35
Pace- 8:08
Calories- 2,045
Fastest Mile- 7:30 (3)
Less Fast Mile- 9:01 (12)
Overcast and cool, very HILLY course, ran solo.

Emails blasted back and forth with anticipation for RACE DAY! So many friends racing at Mercer. Jill (HERE) and I opted to carpool meeting at 7am. It was GREAT to catch up with Jill, we have known eachother since Junior High and planned our 10 year High School Reunion together in 2007. We arrived really early and putzed around (OOPS).

While in the Honey Bucket line I hear "Are you Tall Mom." LOL!! It was Jen and Zach bloggy runners from Portland. We stood and chatted for a bit, she is running Eugene for a BQ time!! So excited..course she has already run Boston so she knows what it takes. Then we found Kasey, Kerrie, Zoe, Cassidy, and Meghan, but never the birthday girl Amanda. She was smart and got to the line early..

We had to climb down a steep beauty bark hill and down off rocks to a PACKED start area. UGH!! Should have gotten there earlier.

Going in I was TORN:

"I know I won't PR on this course, but should I try? Or should I run with friends for fun?" I did not have the answer until the race started.

Jill snapped a picture and the race S-L-O-W-L-Y started. I wore a toss away coat with my t-shirt and butterfly arm sleeves under. GOOD CALL because I tossed the jacket at .25 :)

Generally I can remember pace by pace, but I was running this race on Dayquil hoping to avoid coughing fits of the "Black Lung."

Fuzzy head bullet recap:

-My legs felt strong but I was tired from only 5 hours of sleep and a busy day on Saturday house hunting and going to Seattle for a Basketball game (my Lady Zags won!!)

-I saw Megs and Cassidy and said a quick "Hi," that was mile 1 and I did not see anyone I knew the rest of the course. LONELY!!!

-I was weaving and passing people left and right, probably not a smart move because I used a lot of energy, but the crowd would not open.

-The course support was awesome saying GREAT things along the way. One volunteer looked me in the eyes and said "You look strong and beautiful!" WOW hello! That was an amazing compliment. They had water stops, a Gu station and many people keep the cars off the roads. Well organized event.

-The views of the water were breathtaking, the green overgrown forests and Million++ $$ homes were not too shabby either. Overall running the ENTIRE ISLAND was a kick.

-At mile 3 I realized my right shoe was too lose, it would drive me crazy the rest of the race.

-At mile 6 there was a very muscular man in a tight black tank walking. He looked like a fitness model, amazing how appearances can be deceiving.

-I took a Gu at mile 7 and proceeded to burp Gu the rest of the race. UGH!!!

-HILLS, my goal is to be positive. And I am positive that I do not train on hills like this. My legs felt like led from mile 9 on. If you look at the topography of this course you will understand. WOWZERS. I heard someone after the race say it was harder than San Francisco.

-From mile 9 on I also had to go pee. LORDY can I have a race without needing to urinate?

-I knew there was a hill at mile 11. I was TRYING to do the Math on what pace I needed to run to PR. Math is tough while running. I knew I had to run sub 8's to PR. I also knew that I had hills ahead, was sick and running on fumes. At that point I gave up mentally on a PR. That in the one thing I am not proud of for this race. I think physically I could have done it, but I did not hang on mentally.

-There were 2 women with LONG hair running with their hair down. PET PEEVE!! I had to pass them, that became my mission. UGH!! Really people?

-The last mile I kept telling myself "4 laps around the track." That mile was SLOW!!! Felt like an eternity. I was ready to be done running.

-I posed for all the photogs on the course, so I am hoping for a PR race pic, if there is such a thing. I ran across the Finish mats with my arms in the air smiling.

-I did not look at the race clock, which is a first for me. In fact I have zero clue how I did according to the Race Directors. Hope to have stats and pictures for my Lessons Learned post later this week.

-Cut my chip and walked Up-Hill (REALLY?) to the water and food. I downed a water and oranges, sat for a minute, went to get my bag and texted everyone!!! I then got my bag, and stuffed it with water for my girls.

POST RACE REPORT COMING SOON!!!

Row of Honey Buckets...
Me and Jilly after the race. I bought this Brooks jacket on Amazon for $18+ shipping. Love it!! Thanks to my girls for making this day soooo SPECIAL!!! More details and pictures soon...
HAPPY MONDAY!

52 comments:

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Congrats!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

...just had to be first! hee hee hee

You ran an amazingly strong race considering you were sick the week prior! No wait a minute. You ran a strong race PERIOD! Hills, come on we all know how you really don't like hills! and running solo after all the great together runs you've had and suffering black lung! Nothing can stop you!

You amaze others. I hope you amaze yourself too.

runninaround said...

So So So Proud of you! If i can ever run a FLAT course in your time I will pass out from shock! You rock Mel!

Sunflower Kisses said...

Congrats on finishing a half and your time was wow!
I agree with runninaround ... "If I can ever run a FLAT course in your time ...."

Staci Dombroski said...

Way to go!!! You are a better person than me. If I was as sick as you were, I would have missed it! Way to push through!

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

Even though you didn't PR, you did awesome and ran the 1/2 in an amazing time! With the hills and being sick, you should definitely be proud of yourself! Love all the pics! :)

Allie said...

Sounds like a great race even if it wasn't a PR. Congrats!

Lois B said...

Congrats on your Dayquil run. (I'm picking Gonzoga in my bracket for you!)

Katie A. said...

Just imagine what you can do when you are racing 100% mentally and physically! You did great! And I bet you learned a lot from this race - probably worth it's weight in gold. Happy Monday :)

Lorian said...

You ran an amazing race...sounds like the weather was great!

Morgan said...

For coming off of being extremely sick and still fighting it you did great girly! Congrats!

Kim said...

Great job! And, I'm glad I'm not the only one who has trouble with math during a race.

MJ said...

Congrats!! You did amazing for being sick. :)

Bethany + Ryan said...

good job, Mel! you got in great hil training and you did it all in BQ time. thats great. SOunds like it wasn't a good course to PR on. as long as you do BQ time and feel good about it then i'd say you're all set. why was mile 3 so fast? :-)

misszippy said...

You did a great job! They cannot all be PRs, unfortunately, and you made the most of the day. Way to go.

Velma said...

Nice work!!!! It sounds like a great day :)

Aneta said...

yay! congrats on the race!!!
looking forward to ur recap!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a tough day out there. Not a big fan of hills in a race! (is anyone???)

You gave it a great effort and still ran a strong time (better than my PR!)... CONGRATS! Keep smiling!

kara said...

Great race report!
You sound so happy : )

sideofsneakers.com said...

Congratulations!!! Woot woot!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Gotta love the honeybuckets! Nice race!!!

teacherwoman said...

Congrats on a great race, Mel! You did awesome! Great pics!

Kerrie T. said...

Great recap, Mel! As always, you ROCKED it! Such a fun day; glad we all made it to the start on time! Love having lunch with everyone, too, for PR Princess's birthday!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great race!! I love what the volunteer said to you. That's so cool and I definitely have to remember it. I mean, how could that not keep you pumped up?!

Can't wait for the post-race report. Congrats!! Glad you're feeling better.

MCM Mama said...

Congrats on finishing! That's certainly not a bad showing considering everything else that was going on. Sorry you ended up running it by yourself though.

Laura said...

Congrats...you are amazing!

marathonmaiden said...

congrats! that is an amazing race in general but extra impressive because you were sick early in the week!! way to rock those hills. you are so tough :)

aron said...

congrats lady!! you did GREAT out there on a tough course! sounds like a fun day overall and a beautiful race :)

so glad you got to meet jen too!! she was the first blog i started reading and has always been a great source of information for me... and i get to run with her this weekend!!

Running Diva Mom said...

Congrats! It must be fun being a "celebrity" now at races when people are recognizing your left and right!!!! :-) Congrats on a great finishing time -- you are a rock star!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

(Fyi - this is my third time typing out my responce -- smart phone gremlins - not really - it is just my clumsy fingers)

Way to go - I would love love love to have my slowest mile be at 9:01. :-)

Remember you were sick and still under the influence of Dayquil. I also think you must have been emotionally drained with the excitement of the house hunting weekend. Obviously very happy - but, non-the-less draining

Congrat's and I love the pic's.

Maryann said...

Awesome stats! Congrats on a great race and a great day!

Tom, Lynette, and family said...

Great job, Mel! Took a look online at the house...SO jealous:) It looks like a winner! Might run over to take a peek at where it is tonight. Keeping our fingers crossed. We have babysitter(s) lined up for the R&R Seattle, so Tom and I will be there! Can't wait to cheer you and Micki on! Miss you babe!

run with Jill said...

So sorry we did not meet. I was actually looking for you, but I got there later than I wanted and was in panic mode.

Wow, a hilly course indeed. I tried to really coast on the downhills to make up time.

Lets find another local race. I'd love to meet you and your running friends. I just signed up for the Rock 'n Roll half in June.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Sounds like so much fun! You did awesome even if you didn't PR ... glad you and the "black lung" didn't have a faceoff during the race!

When you find a half for me to race with you next year, can it be less hilly than that one?

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

running on dayquil, got it that sounds like what I need to do to zone out :) great job!

Lacey Nicole said...

heheh you girls take the cutest pictures!!! love that headband!

way to go mel! glad you had a fun day!!! sounds like a tough course and you had some things going against you but you did awesome!!!!!


go lady zags! :)

Heather said...

Congrats on a great race!

JF said...

Congrats on such a good finish after being sick/on Dayquil, that's awesome! Love the pics! And congrats on selling your house!

白色 said...

Unable to give you a heart. so have a reply to push up your post. ........................................

Marci said...

Sounds like a great and positive race! Congrats!

April said...

Yay!!Great job!! I love reading your race reports, you always remember the best details!Like the girls with their hair down....how can they run like that?
Anyway, great pics too and I like the pink Brooks jacket!

Southbaygirl said...

it sounds like it was a great race despite the hills! Well done!!

Jill said...

As always you ROCKED it my friend. So fun having a group of friends to meet with before and after. GReat catching up with you too.

You are a ROCK STAR!

ajh said...

It sounds like you did great! Hair down! Insane! In my race on Sat. my pet peeve was old men with shirts off! Sounds like a tough but beautiful course! Great job@

Wifey said...

Sounds like you pulled out a great race! Love your bullet points!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Mary said...

Yay Mel! Way to go, you have such great recaps!!

Irene said...

Congratulations on your HM, and congratulations on the house!

Cynthia O'H said...

Great run! Now you can take it easy and rest those lungs!

Michelle said...

Great job! Great pictures. Looks like you guys had a blast!

Lisa said...

woot! well done!

Tiffany said...

I'm glad you had such a great race! Congrats on the house selling as well - that is wonderful!

PaperCourt said...

Just found your blog. I PR'd Mercer Island (still not quite sure how that happened)...but I am waaaayyyy slower than you. Are you running the Seattle Rock 'n Roll this year?