My 3rd race of 2013, was a tough, tough race, but the results were worth it!!
The short version : Nikki and I headed across the border on Saturday morning, for the most in-expensive ($15!!) half marathon we’ve ever paid for! It was the windiest race I’ve ever run, and those conditions made it really tough to keep pace.
Spoiler alert : Nikki and I had opposite race results, with me running strong and achieving my 1:45 goal, and her unfortunately having to take her first DNF due to an irritated injury. I finished in 1:44:43 officially.
Of course, I’ve written the long version below for all of you who like the nitty gritty details!
On Saturday, I headed out for my “redemption” half, after failing to hit my 1:45 time goal in February.
SPOILER – I ran SUB 1:45!!!!!!!
source : Nikki’s instagram
- $15 race in the farmland of Everson, just outside of Bellingham, WA
- Almost completely flat race, on country roads (all paved), not blocked off from traffic
- Low key, relaxed, friendly atmosphere, 150 runners in the half
- Windiest race I’ve EVER run. Definitely felt like I was getting blown away for majority of the race.
- Jessica ran a strong race, finishing in 1:51:45, Nikki unfortunately had her first DNF.
- Kim, aka Hotel Kim, came out to support, along with trusty sidekick, Chauncey!
- This was a TOUGH RACE, due to the wind factor. There was many times during the race where I felt like I was moving backwards, and could not hear my full bore music due to the roar of the wind. It was crazy!!
- I stayed positive, stayed focused, and managed to come in under my time goal!
- I PR’d by 2:16 from my last PR 3 weeks earlier at First Half.
- I KNEW I had this in me, and probably have even more inside of me, since the wind was a factor in this race. Feels really great to perform how I knew I could.
- Full recap to come with all the details, and lots of pictures – Nikki was our photog for the day.
My Official Stats : 1:44:43 – 13/85 females, 4/24 females 19-29, 41st overall out of 149 finishers!
Full recap to come!
As you’ll remember, a few weeks ago, I ran the Vancouver First Half, and put out my lofty goal of hitting 1:45. I know I have a 1:45 inside of me, but unfortunately this race unraveled for me, and I did not hit my goal. Side stitch/cramp/burning pain under my rib, whatever you want to call it, it got me. I did run a PR of 1:46:59, but it wasn’t what I wanted.
So, me being the competitive race junkie I am, signed up for another half. I felt like the lack of Whole30 approved fuel was a bit part of the equation, so I registered for a half marathon right after finishing my Whole30. This way, I could have a gel without feeling any guilt.
Turns out, that half is this Saturday just across the line – the Run for the Honeywagon - which apparently is a truck used for collecting/emptying porta-potties. BARF. I’m ignoring what Google tells me, and pretending the race is named after a local bee farm, and the Honeywagon is where they collect all their honey!
Once again, I’m putting it out there. 1:45 or bust. It’s go time!!