6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mercer Island Half Post Race and Lessons Learned

Tall Mom Race Stats:
8:12 Pace
569- Overall
36/228- Division
137- Sex place

Just look at this start line!!! It was PACKED!!!

One picture before the race that I did not get posted on my race report. LOL I sorta snuck in. I also forgot to mention that Janna (lioness) from my Fleet Feet training ran a PR at Mercer and beat me by less than 20 second!! she wanted a sub 2 hour so we did not run together... UGH!!
I crossed the finish line to no-one waiting for me.... this is VERY DIFFERENT!! Normally Muscle Man is there with a hug and a smile. I nearly fell over when I had my timing chip cut off then pulled myself together to go UPHILL to the food and water. I went to the North Side of the tent, not realizing the line was the other way... OOPS! Got an orange, bagel piece and grabbed a bunch of waters for my girls.
  • Then I sat down to text everyone and get status updates. I was tired, beat up and LONELY!! Just then I got a text from Amanda with her time, she had done what I ALWAYS knew she could do!!! She got her coveted sub 2 hour PR and on her birthday!!! My forlorn tired attitude instantly turned and I was filled with JOY!!
I stood up, turned to the tent and there was my friend.... Smiles, tears and one of the BEST HUGS I have had in a long time. It is amazing to know someone can do something, then be with them just after they have done it. We both cried and I was the first to say a heartfelt "I told you so!!" My plan was to pace her for this race, but she did not think she could do it so she told me to run my race. I think the truth was she NEEDED to do it alone.
  • Amanda went to find her friends and little buddy and I headed to the Finish line to greet my girls. I had no energy to cheer. As I stood there so very macho, young and fit looking dudes were chatting. "I got a PR buddy I ran a 2:01." Running still baffles me, I am a mother of 2 and I just beat a pack full of macho, fit and muscle bound men, PRIDE SWELLED inside.
Then I saw my little Zoe (In her tank top and running skirt CRAZY!!), followed by Kerrie and Jill. I handed them the waters I had stashed and we all headed up the Hill. SO EXCITED to be with my girls!! As we hung out and chatted about our races Sarah and her brother (did not catch his name oops) who had just run his FIRST Half and is now addicted. Sarah is adorable and I was sooo glad to meet her!! Amanda's buddy Jessica offered to take a group shot.. Enjoy the progression below:
Posed and CUTE!!
Posed with Little Buddy
Silly Charlie's Angel pose. Sarah wins for the cutest..LOL!!
Ummmm who thought it was a good idea to jump after a hilly half?? Jill and Kerrie win for best vertical. Note Tall Mom can't jump :)
Darn SLOW cameras.. Oh well it is still FUNNY!
It did not rain the entire race, bust just as we snapped the last photo it started to POUR buckets. So we all sprinted to change and meet up at Red Robin. Jill and I found a family restroom in the community center and got pretty, as pretty as we could be after a Half Marathon.
Red Robin and Princess PR opened her gifts from her little buddy.
Love my Jilly.. I am a dork and totally forgot that we have known each other since Elementary school.. Hmmmm little Tall Mom and Jill photo to come very soon. I was STARVED but once the food came could barely eat.
Birthday girl and pretty Zoe. We sat there for a couple hours and just chatted. We have a BLAST when we are together!
Kerrie and Zoe, they got there first and had fries waiting for all of us. SMART GIRLS!!!
  • 1. When you get to a race and the bag check has no line, check your bag!!
  • 2. Next go look at the Start Line so you have an idea of the crowd and when you should get there. We stood around and made it to the PACKED start a couple minutes before the race. UGH!
  • 3. Wearing less clothing is best because you WILL heat up during the race. I FINALLY got this right and was very comfortable.
  • 4. Always warm-up because then you can make sure your shoes are tight enough and all gear is in place. My shoe was too lose and drove my CRAZY most of the race.
  • 5. Wear a pace band if you are hoping for a PR. Doing Math while running is not easy.
That is about all I have for now :) I had an AMAZING Interval run yesterday. Will tell you all about it tomorrow.


Aimee said...

Love all the pics! How fun to have such great friends and running buddies to celebrate with! :)

I always over dress for my races and end up spending precious time and energy taking off layers. Ughh. Hopefully I'll get it right someday.

Genesis said...

congrats to everyone. how exciting.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

First of all, yes...that was the best hug I have had in a while too! Thanks for being there!!!

Second, what is a pace band? I did so much math I could hear the gears in my brain squeaking.

No wonder you all beat me and Jessica there....we did NOT sprint to the car. We walked in the rain, then I loaded Levi on my back so we could walk a little bit faster.

Fourth, Where did you get those pictures of the start!?!?!? Maybe I should check the race web site!!

and lastly, see you tomorrow for a lunch run!!!

Denise said...

crossing the finish line this sunday and not having hubs there to console me after a crappy marathon really sucked. i got so used to having him there. i know what you meant!!

great race!!! on your way to that BQ!

Anonymous said...

congrats, congrats!!! and congrats to your friend!
u had an great race!
thanks for all the pictures. i love post race pix! hehe.
happy tuesday!


So much fun! Love all the pictures. And you beat those macho men because you are awesome. No question about it.

Molly said...

Fab Photos!!! It's amazing how emotional you get at the end of a challenge like that. Congrats!

p.s. looking forward to the Virtual 10k this weekend!

Jen said...

I have just got to find me some race chicks... I love the comaderie you write about.

Great race!!!

Lisa said...

You all are way too cute! Congrats again!!

Heather said...

Great pictures! Love your lessons - all very good tips.

Anonymous said...

I'm a new reader, and I wanted to say that I am so inspired by you. I love your lessons learned. Way to trail-blaze for the rest of us!

teacherwoman said...

Nice work, Tall Mom! I need to get better about warming up, but sometimes I feel like it's wasted energy...lol. probably not a good attitude! :)

Pining for Pinterest said...

Love all the pictures!!! Great race report :)

Suzy said...

Great race!!! Love all the pictures.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Great photos! How nice you all got together after the race to visit.

Wonderful lessons learned! I am a big fan of the pace band. I have trouble with mental math without runner's brain let alone after running loads of miles!

Bethany + Ryan said...

Hi mel, the 10 degree rule has never let me down before!! Whatever the temp is, add 10 degrees and that ishow u should dress. Overheating is the worst! You guys are so silly! I love all those pic! Looks like a blast!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the jumping picture!! I'm with you on the shoe thing- I tie and untie mine like 20 times before the start ;)

RunningFromCancer said...

Mel - love your pictures. It sounds like you had a GREAT time. Not only did you have a good race - but you got to be with friends and share in their joys.

Looks like you are having sooooo much fun.

Katie A. said...

First off, you are an amazing runner - you pulled off a time, in less than ideal conditions for yourself, that many only dream of - be a proud tall mom :)
And a strong runner is someone who learns something from each and every race, either good or bad, and you demonstrated that. Good for you!
Loved all the pics! And I can totally relate to the food thing - I dream about food while I run, but when I stop I NEVER want to eat for many hours! LOL!

Jill said...

Nice run, Mel! Congrats on a strong race! I love pace bands, too - that way I don't wear my Garmin and check it every .59 seconds. Ha. Love your pics, what a great crowd and fun times all-around!

Marlene said...

Thanks for sharing your lessons learned... you took something away from this race and that's what counts.

Sounds like awesome fun with the girls afterward. JEALOUS!

Robyn said...

Great race recap. Congrats on an awesome run. Love the pics.

Kerrie said...

I'm sad you were lonely at the finish. I know what that's like. We all just need to get faster so we can keep up with you! LOL! Yeah right! I had so much fun with everyone and can't wait for our next race.

Erica said...

the pictures are so cute! I love that you beat those macho men! I think I would have had to tell them though!

Redhead Running said...

Having a 4:00 pace band saved my life at Gasparilla! From the get go your Garmin is off so your miles come up quicker and the time difference added with clock time was just a mess but having the band kept me organized and on target! And when it comes to running I def found, less is the way to go. You typically warm up at least 10 - 20 degrees warmer than the temp outside.

Anonymous said...

wow what a huge race! everyone looks so happy in your pictures :) woot!

Unknown said...

I'm still trying to figure out what to wear. Unless it's over 20C, I can never quite get it right.

Good report. Sounds like it was a blast.

akjenniekt said...

Great job on the half!! I love your pics, it looks like you guys had a great time :-)!

RunToTheFinish said...

so glad you had SO MANY Friends there that's just amazing, even if they weren't at the finish line immediately with you.

i am strange and like to do math while I run, it's distracting when I'm tired

Felice Devine said...

Nice job on a tough course! Love the pics :-)

ajh said...

Love the pics. Thanks for sharing.

No Longer Using said...

holy crikes it was packed huh!!! i rarely run in races that big!!!!!!!!! wowww. you guys took some good photos! it is SOOOoo hard to capture the "in air jump" pic. hehehe.

good lessons too. so hard to wear less clothing sometimes, but so true.

Being Robinson said...

oh what a fun race! and congrats on another 1/2! hey, having fun and having lots of fun peeps with you is way better than a PR...most days! hope you have a great week :)

Badgergirl said...

Great race report and a post-race recap! Congrats! And by the way, love all the pics!

X-Country2 said...

What an awesome group of lovely ladies. Great job to everyone!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Awesome job on the race and recap! I'm finally "getting it" when it comes to dressing for a run... i'm notorious for overdressing... it sucks.

J said...

Congrats on a great Race Mel! You have great endurance and speed and proved that with a great time on that hilly course! Doing math while running is quite difficult!!

Unknown said...

Good job. I agree that math while running isn't easy!

Velma said...

Nice work - particularly since you have been sick. Love the pics and congrats on the new house!

jen said...

Congrats to you and the whole pack. What an awesome day! So great to meet you and I look forward to seeing you in Eugene! :)

Laura said...

COngrats to everyone - I love seeing all the pics and you being able to be there for each other.

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