Did I feel mentally ready for the race? Nope.
Did I feel physically ready for the race? Nope.
Bad runs + Being sick = a nervous Haley
I woke up at 5am superrr thirsty. Perfect. After chugging some water, I did my usual routine of getting ready and making breakfast.
My mom, sister, and I were out of the house at 5:30. The race was in Manhattan Beach, about an hour away, and it started at 7:30. So we had plenty of time to get to the start.
This race was really small (375 runners) so parking was easy. We actually got a spot with the start in view. The part that I was most excited about was the scenery. All 26.2 miles were along the beach. Don’t mind if I do.
I got into the crowd and listened to the directions. But I really couldn’t hear anything because the guy didn’t have a megaphone. I should buy him one.
Then, we were off! The weather was uhhmazing. I was able to wear shorts and a t-shirt without shivering once.
Mile 1 – 8:10
Mile 2 – 8:02
Mile 3 – 8:07
Mile 4 – 8:10
These miles were kind of uneventful. The pathway that we were running on was pretty small so I spent most of this time finding a comfortable spot and pace.
Mile 5 – 8:19
Mile 6 – 8:32
Mile 7 – 8:27
Mile 8 – 8:38
I was SO thirsty this entire race. At the aid stations, it was like they were giving me the nectar of the gods. Mile 9 – 8:44 – I took some Chomps at this mile. I decided that I like the normal Gu much more. The Chomps take up a lot of breaths. Cause you know, you have to chew. But with the Gu, all you have to do is swallow…that’s what she said. Tip: when you have a Gu, drink water right after.
Mile 10 – 8:44
Mile 11 – 8:56
Mile 12 – 9:15
Mile 13 – 9:05
There was also a half marathon so the marathoners got to run the whole course over again. Joy. So basically, I saw the same things, 4 times. But at least it was pretty. My mom and sis snapped some pics of me
dying running by.
Mile 14 – 9:19
Mile 15 – 9:41
Mile 16 – 10:09
I start to really feel the pain. It didn’t help seeing the finish line and the half marathoners being done. Mid-way through mile 16, I begin to walk. I told myself that whenever I wanted to walk, I would only do it for 30 seconds. It worked out well. I only walked about 4 times until Mile 21.
Mile 17 – 10:50
Mile 18 – 10:39
Mile 19 – 11:21
Mile 20 – 12:09
Slowly, but surely, I continue to run. I am beyond stoked because I am on the last stretch…even though it’s still 6 miles. I keep on telling myself that 6 more miles and I will be done.
Mile 21 – 13:21
Mile 22 – 12:54
Mile 23 – 13:32
Mile 24 – 13:00
These were painful. I start to walk for 30 seconds, and run for a minute. I did this over and over again for 6 miles. So those miles went by beyond slow. Every time I looked at my watch, I only got about .2 miles even though it felt like a mile.
Mile 25 – 13:22
Mile 26 – 13:08
Mile .2 – 2:16
There was a water tower thingy near the finish line that I saw once I came around a corner. I was stoked to see it because I knew the end was near <–dramatic?
Total: 4:27:05 Pace: 10:11/mile
So overall, how was the race? Not great. I was in a lot more pain than I remember from last time. I know it hasn’t helped that I’ve been slacking on runs lately. But hey, I did it! And that is all that matters. I would definitely do this race again though. It’s for a great cause (autism) and it was on a beautiful course.
And best of all, the medal is the best I have ever gotten. It’s a dog tag with a list of where all the Operation Jack races take place. There is even one in Kabul, Afghanistan! Don’t worry…I won’t be doing that one.
Thank goodness the car was close because I did not feel like walking. My mom offered to go to Whole Foods but I wasn’t feeling it. Whaaa?!?! It’s true. Instead, I really wanted a smoothie. So Jamba Juice it was. I got peach perfection with whey protein. I got the medium size but they made extra and put it in the bigger size. Heck yes I was going to drink it all. I’m pretty sure it was gone in 2.5 seconds.
It hit the spot.
As for the rest of the day, I have been spending it doing what I do best: laying on the couch, eating, and watching quality TV (Kourtney & Kim Take New York, The Rachel Zoe Project, Tosh.O, etc).
I am so going to be sore for awhile so the couch and TV are going to be my best friends 🙂