As always the night before a race, I didn't sleep very well. Nerves about the race and fear that my alarm clock wouldn't go off are the two main reasons. A third reason is all the G2 I'd been guzzling down all day and night had me up at least twice. I like to make sure I'm fully hydrated before a race and I probably overdo it just a little sometimes.
As it turned out, I didn't need the alarm clock to wake me up any way. I was up before it went off. Since the Murph wasn't going to be up at 5am and he's the one who usually makes the coffee in the morning, he got the coffee maker all ready so all I had to do was push the "on" button so I would have my caffeine race morning. He was concerned that I wouldn't know where the "on" button was so he put a sticky note on the coffee maker pointing to it. He was so sweet to idiot proof everything for me. I think he was more concerned about what kind of damage this wrecking ball could do to the coffee maker.
It was going to be 29F at the start and sunny so I knew I wouldn't be cold after I got started running. I actually wore too much. I could have worn capri pants or even shorts instead of the long pants because I had on knee high compression socks that covered most of my leg. I didn't need the arm warmers I had on under my long sleeve shirt either. I was glad I had them on after the run though. That's when I got cold!
I wanted to cross the finish line faster than I did at Mobile Half in January which was 1:56:49 something ( I don't remember the exact seconds, but it was right under 1:57 min). I started off a little slower than I did in Mobile, but picked it up the last 5 miles thanks to a quick stop at the port a let. My legs felt much better the last few miles than they did in Mobile. I finished in 1:56:11 which was only seconds faster, but I'll take it. Next year I'm going to train harder to go faster and maybe start doing speed work again and running more days than I do now. I keep up with my training on my daily mile app that's to the left on my blog. I don't have to look back through the weeks to know I don't run enough miles during the week.
Mel, the gal in the top picture wearing the tutu with the red sunglasses and head thingy, was the only one of us that did the full marathon and she did great! She placed fourth in her age group. Ken, aka Morgan Freeman, did the full as well, but you can only see his glove up there in that picture. We took a picture of our group a couple of weeks ago when we did a trial run of the course and Ken, L and I were all leaning in so we would all be in the picture and realized afterwards that we didn't have to lean in and we looked pretty goofy.
This time Ken should have leaned in!
Here's the matching tech shirt, baseball cap and bling for the half marathoners. I almost missed getting the cap at the finish line. The shirt was in the race packet at the expo. They also gave out gloves from The Trak Shak at the expo.
|Photo from the Facebook page of Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend|
Overall it was a great race and a beautiful day! And as usual, after the race there was Jim n Nick's barbecue sandwiches and plenty of beer. I passed on the beer, but grabbed a barbecue to go so I could eat it later for lunch. It smelled so good in the car that I ate it on the way home. It became breakfast instead of lunch. Delicious!
Mental note: Next race don't hydrate quite so much before the race.