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.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You Go Girl Half Marathon 2010

I will post ALL the details of the Full Weekend of fun, but I know you want the RACE REPORT first!!

The night before the race after T consumed Mud Pie for dinner.

In bed listening to the rain POUR on the roof, URGH!! The day before was clear and AMAZING. I had no slept well and my body felt really achy. Janna was going to pick me and T up at 7:15. I grabbed 2 toss away hoodies and rain ponchos and my peanut butter toast and was out the door.

Love Janna she kept things so light. I could not eat my breakfast so I tossed it to the birds. We got GREAT parking and headed to Tullys for the team "Will Run for Ice Cream" meet up. Although we all looked adorable in our blue shirts, I immediately felt guilty for picking a shirt that would not fair well in the rain. SORRY LADIES!! A few photos and off to the start.
We are too cute!!
Notice Katye is blocking me, I have no hops!!
Our goal 1.52, we came CLOSE!1
Fitting that it would POUR!! finally got to use the rain ponchos I bought in June.
Diana, our team captain giving Amanda her MOJO in the form of a race bib.
Posing with Diana, before she ran off to a PR!!
The rain makes things blurry... Have I mentioned I am going to miss Amanda?? Not sure if I have??
Zoe and I were wearing the same size top, she is 8 month prego.. HEEHE!! Love my little pocket runner buddies..
Something VERY WEIRD Happened. Our fellow female racers were packed in after the 9 minute mile sign, but no one would step up in front of that. Tonia and I placed ourselves right at the 8:33 pace, then Alma and Janna opted to head to the front. Why not? When will we ever be at the front? I called out who I thought would win, all MUSCLE, she was AMAZING!
We set out and T was on FIRE! I looked at my watch and told her to slow down, we had to side step some slippery road panels, could have been disastrous. Pretty sure seeing the 1:50 pacer so close was making our feet move faster. Set out too fast Pacer MISTAKE #1 Hardcore Dude had a Marathon Maniac Tattoo on his calf. We approached the turn and saw almost all of our teammates, it is FUN having people cheer us on and getting Sweet pictures!!

Alma told us to turn, I tried, still pretty fun shot!!

First incline, felt much better the day before when we drove it in the CAR.. I was fully TIRED!!! Tired at mile 3??? I could not show it, Tonia did not need me to complain or show fatigue. So I said "We will take this slow then make it up on the way down." We got to the top then proceeded to puddle hop around the park, MUDDY!! Slowing to get the heart rate back down, I told T "We can slow but once we get to the end of the park we need to get back on pace."

The down hill was AWESOME!! I felt revitalized and weightless, THANK GOODNESS!! We didn't drive the course, Pacer MISTAKE #2, had we driven the course we would have known that there were multiple overpasses that were NOT FLAT!! We approached a straightaway and there was a chick with a guy, her shoe was untied. I was fully annoyed, that is super dangerous, T said "Your Shoe is untied." The chick just brushed her off, WEIRD, we would see her later still with her shoe untied, I joked that she runs to see how many people will point it out :)

Passed the 10K Finish and headed up toward Ruston. T was fading so I was trying to get her out of her head. She said "I am doing my best," and I quickly replied JOKING in a tough guy voice "Your best is not good enough," Pacer MISTAKE #3, jokes are not welcome on the race course. There were two ladies in matching jerseys who we flip flopped with for most of the race, we joked that we were running the 10K but with a 7 mile warm-up.

Mile 9 was rough, T's grey contacts turned black and I could tell that my pacer strategy had to change. At that point it was survival mode and I fully needed to play the cheerleader and Sherpa role. "Don't tell me the pace!" I kept quiet, but wanted to make sure we would still get the sub 2 hour. A quick Gu, refill of the bottle and short walk break. A beautiful young lady passed and said "I love your blogs!! Go!!" so awesome, that was the lift we needed (THANK YOU!! I didn't catch your name). Our race outfits got TONS of fun compliments, I Love Love getting compliments on the run :)
The turn was ahead, just then Kim (K2323 not a blogger but an awesome commenter) came up behind us and said "My dream is coming true." This lifted my spirits so much!!! Kim was fully reaching her PR and was so excited to run WITH us. I did a fancy turn around the cone, in an attempt to make T and Kim laugh. Kim took off, GOOD JOB KIM!! We saw most of our teammates on the way back, Katye was standing on the side with Jessica so I was worried she got hurt or possibly just did the 10K.

Miles were passing S-L-O-W-L-Y.....I tried to point out things, the one spot of green ivy on the wall surrounded by red ivy, the vail of fog blocking our view, talked about when the seasons changed in Virginia, trying to RELAX and RUN. Then she created a plan. We would walk at mile 12 for a bit then I would PULL her the rest of the way. I grabbed her bottle to refill while she kept moving. My legs felt HEAVY, walking late in a race is a DISASTER for me, I have a truly hard time getting moving again…. But this was not about me..

At the 3rd tree we took off. I did not look back for a bit, but I could feel that T was fading. Energy zapped she could barely keep her eyes open. "One lap around the track, we have this!!" She looked as if she would pass out, I know the feeling when you leave it ALL on the pavement. I told her to squirt water on her head, I think it helped. We rounded the corner, it was DOWNHILL! We saw our buddies who CHEERED!!
Then T shot off like a bullet, WTH??? I tried to get my 192lbs moving to keep up, where did that energy come from? The seconds ticked and we crossed at 1:58 and some change. A GREAT PR for TMB and a learning experience for me. Every race is different, every person needs to be motivated in unique ways, and I CAN pace even when I am not at 100%. Half Marathon #5 done, second Half in September and second Pacer PR SUCCESS! And I Finally have a Half Marathon Medal WOOT!!
Post race my head ached and I was FREEZING! We stood around to take photos but I felt like I was not really there.
Jill presented T with a Chocolate Gu PR Award. It was FANTASTIC!!
Posing with Amanda, Can you tell I don't feel good? And I need teeth whitening :) Recommendations welcomed..
Talked with Chelsea who told us about her BIG GOAL, I am super PROUD of her but will let her share the news.
Group shot then we made our way back to your cars... Changed in the car and headed to the Rock for lunch..
Here with the Super speedy Janna, I love love all the amazing women I have had the pleasure to meet through running. I will remember this race forever!!
  • Volunteers were SUPER, course was great despite the hills that were not mentioned on the map, all around great YOU GO GIRL Half!!
  • Links to come in the next post, I did not have time today

34 comments:

marathonmaiden said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOT. you guys are sooooo cute and FAST. great job with the pacing and congrats to all your pacees :)

aron said...

congrats to both of you! pacing is tough, everyone needs something different, but you did great and pulled out every trick you could and tried new ones when some weren't working... all that while not feeling well! great job... looks like the whole weekend was a blast :)

kimert said...

Way to go on the race!! You gals all look amazing. I sure hope you are feeling better!

Also, please tell me your secret on the fundraising for Race for the Cure! I can barely get a hit and have a month to go to make my goal! lol You've done an awesome job!

Meredith said...

Not entirely sure why that made me tear up, but it did! Way to go getting T across the line under 2:00! Proud of you both!

Mighty M said...

Many congrats to you on your fabulous accomplishment!! I am walking a half marathon this weekend!! :)

Emily said...

Great race recap- you gals are too cute! You are an amazing runner/coach/pacer/friend to still do that amazing of a job when you're sick!

Marlene said...

Sounds like a fun race! Bummer on the weather and that you weren't feeling so hot... you held on like a TROOPER and you were a great pacer. So jealous I couldn't be there again!!!

Funny about the ponchos... kinda glad we didn't need them in June. ;)

And you have a BEAUTIFUL smile!

Emz said...

Looks like it was a BLAST!

YAY for you guys!!

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

What a great experience! I think it would be hard to be a pacer, but it sounds like you did a great job! I loved all of the photos!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Awesome job! I can't believe you ran not feeling well and in the rain. Rock star!!!

Morgan said...

Despite your FAIL's and feeling poopy you still totally rocked her into a PR! Great job ladies!

TNTcoach Ken said...

I love how serious and competitive you guys are! More people should be like that...........

H Love said...

love the recap! you guys did great! hope you are feeling better! p.s. I just love how you touch people lives. very cool, now go take a nap!

Navy Wife on a Diet said...

wow - again, I had no idea you both were not feeling fantastic! I saw T's kick at the end and it looked so effortless. NO indication that she couldn't keep her eyes open at some point.

And there you are smiling in all those pictures. You're great Mel.

julie said...

Great job! I like to joke in a half marathon that I am running a 5k with a 10 mile warm-up. It works really well when I pace my friends from the cross country team since our race was the 5k.

Katie A. said...

You BOTH did amazing! That weather and the couse sounded like it was tough! Way to pull T to her PR! Congrats ladies!!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

I am forever grateful to you. I can't express my appreciation for your help enough. The recap was super fabulous. Love reading your "side" of the race. Hugs!

p.s. when you pace me for my sub 1:50 (because that will happen one day), you must reign me in at the start!

momof3 said...

I loved reading the "two sides of the story!"

A thirty minute ride home from the airport, and I feel the same about you! Thanks for taking care of T and pacing her to that coveted sub 2! And take care of yourself, & feel better ASAP!

Zoƫ said...

You both did an AMAZING job! :)

Cynthia said...

Great recap and pics! You guys were awesome! (I gave you guys the shout out!) You two are truely an inspiration to me and I love reading your blogs. YOU two gave me the inspiration to keep pushing through it even though there were times I wanted to walk up the hills/overpass I wasn't ready for or expecting. THANK YOU!

Bethany + Ryan said...

I have a pink running skirt and pink socks, i wanna join next year!! Looks like so much fun! I would LOVE to do an all-women half! Great job to ALL of u!!

Joggin' Momma said...

I have been reading the race recaps from all you jogging-blogging-mommas, great job!! You must be so proud!

k2323 said...

Great race report! So sorry you weren't feeling well. Thanks for letting me run with you for a bit. I've never seen a 6' ballerina before, but you were graceful around that turn around cone!

Zaneta said...

YOU GO GIRL!!! :D ALL of you did fabulous and you are a great pacer mel! :D hope you're feeling better!

Kate said...

You guys look ADORABLE in your outfits! I haven't yet been a running skirt girl, but that may have to change after this. Way to go on the sub-2:00 finish, T!

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Great recap!! And great job on you pacing skilz! I am so sorry you felt like dog poo the whole time. Stop faking it and take a break! You need to get healthy so you can train like a mad woman for Boston!!!

And seriously, SAD FACE.... =( I can't even think about how sad I am going to be to leave...honestly, like CANNOT bring myself to think about it. I will cry for 500 miles on the way out. That is how I roll.

fancy nancy said...

Way to go even when you are under the weather...in more ways than one! You make the race experience look so exciting and fun! Way to bring fun to running!!!

Amy said...

Good race report, the pictures are great and look like that the race is tough. Thanks for sharing us detailed race report like this.




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longlegsontheloose.com said...

lol no not hurt thank goodness! just trying to find my buddy Diana!

Denise said...

aw come on...no jokes on the race course. even racing is suppose to be run. why else would we do it?

track coach and adorable wife said...

You are an awesome pacer! Seriously, you can pace me to my sub 30 minute 5k! That should be cake for you! And I love jokes on the course!

Amanda said...

Best race pics ever, y'all look adorable! I have some gear questions: what kind of socks are those? What kind of spandex/shorts are you wearing under your skirt? Are they built in or separate?

Becka said...

The shirt was adorable!! It held up just fine, I normally sweat like crazy, so the rain helped disguise it. :D

So nice to meet you!

Cynthia O'H said...

You guys looked great, from the night before (mud pie?) to the finish and after. Glad you had this chance to run together. What a blast!