She's a Maniac... The 1/2 Recap

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

I know.. you're all in udder anticipation and dying to know how the race went, right?? Well, to be honest, it was one of the most exciting things I have ever done... scary, hell yes! nerveracking, but of course! And more importantly, the biggest physical endeavor I have ever conquered!
Here is my neverending recap from one of my top 10 life experiences:
I woke-up jumped up like a madwoman at 5AM {umm, not like I slept at all the night before anyways}, got showered so I could look my best {yeah right}, stretched for 15 minutes, ate breakfast which consisted of frosted wheat and 1/2 a banana, and then made Jeff rise-and-shine to take me to the starting line.
Me with no makeup--take a good look... this is the one and only time you'll ever see this =)
Of course, panic mode set in when I realized I had left my handy dandy Garmin at home so we quickly made a U-turn back to the house so I could get my running companion. Nevertheless, another bump in the road when I found out the race had been moved up 15 minutes due to the rain storm that was fast approaching so I made my way to the front of the line and hit the road running with my corral, #11.
Which by the way--words cannot express the anticipation and excitement I was feeling at that very moment. The music is blaring, there are announcers over intercoms pumping everyone up, and it's as though everyone is on Cloud 9 because they are so excited... greatest feeling in the world!
So they pull the trigger for us to start and I turn on my iPod--with my brand new 1/2 marathon mix--to get MY party started =). The weather feels great, there are loads of energized people around me, and the sun is actually shining. Unfortunately, fear set in quickly because I realized I was running at an 8:30 pace the first 2 miles which meant I was going to slow down and F A S T. Oh well... a little lesson I learned from my 1st race so I know better next time.
Overall, the first 4 miles of the race were easy--my adrenaline was so high that I couldn't slow down...plus, with so many spectators standing next to the streets to cheer everyone on, who couldn't be in a great mood?
My friends and family set up their first cheer site between miles 5 and 6. I was so nervous I wouldn't hear or see them, but luckily, my Mother, being even louder than I am, was screaming at the top of her lungs so there was no mistaking who she was there for =)
How cute are they??? And just so you know, my Mom was so excited because other runners
were commenting on her signs and how good they were--hehe
Meg and Aaron with my RED balloon so I could see them
In the heat of the moment - I think that girl wanted a high-five, too!
After running through Belmont, I started getting a little bit tired... ugh oh! I whipped out my Sport Beans and took a few to ease the stomach cramps--this worked and after a few {well maybe more than a few} minutes of walking, I was back at it. I have to say, this part of the race was the hardest for me... it felt like I was never going to make it to the last few miles. There were, however, some great spectators/cheerleaders/neighbors giving away wine, beer, coffee, doughnute--yes, I said doughnuts. It was hilarious and encouraging because I knew I was going to spoil myself that afternoon with some majoy recovery food, too =)
Once we started winding back through downtown, I knew we were in the homestretch. That's when the pain and nausea set in... and though this may be a little bit TMI, I had to make a pit stop at the side of a street and "get rid" of some of that acid juice burning a hole in my stomach-- unfortunately, it physically made me sick and all that hydration came back out via the mouth {sorry for the descriptiveness there, but wanting to tell it like it is}. So once I felt better, and yes that helped TREMENDOUSLY, I was nearing mile 11 and I knew the stadium AKA the finish line was nearing... that's when I got my 142d wind and picked it up again with lightning speed to get this thing DONE!
Of course, at the finish line were my amazing friends and family--which made me the happiest girl in the world! Seeing their faces was the light at the end of a very long tunnel and they said I had the biggest grin on my face.
Here I am at the end!! I crossed the finish line at 2:19:37 and
that was the moment of pure and utter satisfaction...
And here is the minute after when I needed to lay down... but look at my very 1st medal!!
All in all, for my 1st race, I couldn't have been more pleased with how I performed. I know some areas I can improve and I know that next time, I will be sticking to H20 rather than the fancy-schmancy Cytomax and I will MOST certainly monitor my pace a lot more closely so I can stay on track and not wear myself out too early.
Looking back, what a wonderful, crazy, tiring, and overall AMAZING day... I checked a big one of my "bucket list" and I know you're sitting there wondering, "Will she do it again?"... all I can say is this:
Mark your calendar for April 30, 2011 ;)

- 34 Comments

  1. Yay! How exciting :) Congratulations. I would love to do one but I think I would probably pass out...

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  2. Congrats! I would love to run one someday!

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  3. congratulations!! you finished with a great time -- i hope i can do a half marathon someday!

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  4. Wow, so awesome- I am going to run a half in like 25 weeks!! So nervous!!

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  5. Congrats! That is an awesome time for a first half marathon! I hear that is a FUN event and am thinking of doing it next year.

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  6. Yay!! You did awesome! What was on your iPod to keep you goin? And what are these beans?

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  7. Look at you go, that is so fabulous, congrats to you!!

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  8. Congrats again pretty lady!! What a huge accomplishment

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  9. Way to go! I have been looking forward to hearging how your race went. Mine is in three weeks, and I got butterflies in my stomach just reading your story!

    Congrats to you for planning to do another one too :-)

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  10. Congrats! i just finished my first 1/2 this past weekend in the pouring down rain in columbus! i was so nervous for all of your running in nashville a few weeks ago - i was happy that it held off for you!!!!

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  11. congratulations!!! that cytomax stuff is awful. i drank it after the half last year. blergh. it made me throw up too but thankfully after the race and not during.

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  12. Congratulations! Anyone that can run a marathon is pretty inspiring in my book!

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  13. I adore this picture of you waving at the end! :) Way to go, girl. See you next year ;)

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  14. You did awesome!!!!!! Congrats girl!

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  15. What a fantastic job, this is great! I have done half marathons myself so I can definitely relate to the stomach cramps, etc. I just got a Garmin and they are amazing!! I can't wait to use mine for a race in the future. Glad you made it to the end (of course) and what great pictures! Great work. :)

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  16. Great job! And great recap! Can't wait for my first Half next weekend!

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  17. That's amazing!!!! Congrats on an amazing first race! That Cytomax messes me up too. Blah.

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  18. congrats!! I loved your whole recap! I look forward to reading more of your blog :)

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  19. Congrats, chica! You should be so incredibly proud of yourself. I did it in 2008 and doubt I will ever do it again - I was sore for three solid days afterward! Major kudos to you, my dear!

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  20. Awesome job Tash! I love the photos of your family cheering you on that always helps! I can't imagine what it would be like running that far maybe one day! Good job!

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  21. Congrats!! That is so awesome :-) What a huge accomplishment! I would love to train and run one someday :-)

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  22. Awesome post! I'm so proud of you!! Way to go, Natasha!!!

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  23. Yay! Congrats!! I'm so happy you loved it and want to do it again! Totally worth all the training, right?

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  24. Long time reader, first time commenter. Congratulations on your half marathon! So awesome!

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  25. You are the most darling and gorgeous runner I know!! What a HUGE accomplishment, and I bet you get addicted!!!

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  26. Great job! You should be so proud! :)

    PS: Is that a cute running skirt I see?

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  27. congrats! isn't it an AMAZING feeling? i plan on doing another one after baby fulmer gets here :) such a wonderful accomplishment and something to check off your list!!! congrats again!!!

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  28. So so so proud of you!!! Congratulations!!!

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