I did it! I PR’d at the OC Marathon and I’m very happy. Ahhhhh!!! Check out the stats from my last half and then from this one:
Long Beach Half Marathon – Oct 2008 – 1h:57m:12s
OC Half Marathon – May 2009 – 1h:52m:59s
It was hard for me to sleep last night – I was super nervous! I get really nervous before races even though I’ve ran the distance in the past. So many fears go through my head and I start to kinda freak out. I ended up getting 6 hours of sleep, not the best race preparation, but it is what it is.
Pre-Race– I had the usual toast with PB, I didn’t end up eating the banana, but did have a few bites of Clif bar in the car on the way to the race.
These are the goods I took with me:
Race Recap– I felt a little rough at the start of the race. I didn’t feel like I had much energy and was a little discouraged. I just didn’t feel “fresh” like I normally do after a rest day. Around mile 6 I finally hit my stride and felt warmed up. It was so good to know I was almost half way through. I had brought along a Gu in my Spibelt, but didn’t end up eating it. I walked through the water stations & took Powerade when it was offered.
There was a rough hill around mile 9 and I wanted to walk it, but there was a fuel station right after it was done so I decided to wait and walk through the water station. It did really slow me down though!
When the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon runners split off around mile 12 I felt good and thought I wouldn’t have minded running a full again, then I got some sense in me and decided to finish my race and think about that later!
I wasn’t sure what my last Half Mary time was, so I honestly didn’t know if I PR’d when I crossed the finish line!
Right when I was done I grabbed a water and chugged it and took a few bites of a bagel, tiny piece of orange and a few bites of these cut bars. But, more than eat I wanted to shower. I was drenched.
I’m done! Can you see how happy I am that I didn’t sign up for the full? Ha.
After a shower it took us a while to find a good brunch buffet to eat. I didn’t end up eating until 11:15ish. While I was waiting I ate some cereal.
I eat whatever I want without guilt on race days. I knew I wanted to eat waffles and eggs so a breakfast buffet was perfect.
Waffle with banana and syrup. The banana was in some maple syrupy sauce – amazing.
I ordered a veggie omelet from the omelet bar. And I also got beans, rice, potatoes, a corn tortilla and the world’s best corn cake.
The El Tortito Corn Cake thinger is amazing. Seriously. I wanted to just get the biggest plate of it. I did end up stealing some of Ben’s!
Other things I stole from Ben – bites of Menudo…
Round II – Another waffle, I had to, I don’t know when I’m going to have waffles again and I love them. I also got fruit 🙂
Ben got arroz con leche for dessert, I tried it, but I think desserts should include chocolate or it’s a waste.
Now I am relaxing and putting together a race video 🙂 See you in a bit!