Sea Turtle Half Marathon Recap
This was my second half, we chose this one because we could also visit with our family all on the same trip. And we could get a much needed break from the cold, I’m really growing tired of running in below 30 degree weather. It’s nice to have a little mini vacation once in a while, they do wonders.
We packed up and got on the road on Friday, we had a nice smooth trip no troubles at all. When we arrived we went straight to our parent’s place. We were so looking forward to this visit and couldn’t wait to see them.
After visiting for a while Ken, Mom and I went to town to pick up our race bibs, shirts and other goodies. That was my first time at the Hangout so we walked around and visited the gift shop. The view was so beautiful from the Hangout. We also went and pick some long needle pine straw for making baskets.
We had a nice dinner that mom prepared for us (she is one of the best cooks I know) I’m one the type that makes it and slaps it on your plate, but she makes even every day meals look elegant.
After dinner we played some dominoes, I lost as usual I like to collect those dots (which I absolutely hate to count). I learned to use a calculator to add up those appalling dots. Why didn’t I ever think to use one, I guess I like to torture myself that way.
We had a good night sleep, it did take a while for me to finally fall asleep, you know worried about how I’ll do the next day.
Ken got up first as always I have (like) to wake up slowly. He made us some eggs, toast and coffee. He is so sweet, he lets me sleep in a little longer.
When we got there Ken went to the Hangout to see if he could swap out his shirt for a smaller one, as they were pretty big. Mine was big as well but I wanted to warm up a bit to be ready and I was pretty sure they didn’t have one smaller than what I already had. We have to remember that the shirts are on the big side if we do this run next year. I hate it when you get a shirt you can’t wear.
At 7:30 we were off, I was happy that it was warm and sunny. But I didn’t remember to bring the sunscreen so I was sure I would burn. I have to be better prepared, it’s hard to think of sun screen when we haven’t needed it in so long.
I wanted to try and stay as close to a 10 min. mile pace as was possible. I was trying to look at my watch as often as I could, I have a hard time maintaining a consistent pace. I felt good about this run as it should be mostly flat, hills and I have big problems.
I was able to keep Ken in view for the first 2 miles, this is great as he is always ahead of me.
But around mile 4 I had to go something dreadful, but I was determined not to visit those portapotties that were spaced out along the run quite regularly. I knew that if I stopped that would be the end of my chances of reaching my goals. But every time I saw one I had to fight the urge to go in and relieve my agonies.
Somewhere between miles 5 and 6 I got a blister on my left heal which was getting worse with every stride I took. I thought GREAT what’s next! But that’s also around the time I saw the lead runner running by on the other side, I love to see them pushing on at amazing speeds, it always encourages me to continue to push myself. And I also saw Ken about half a mile or so before the turn around point at the end of the road. Sweet as he is, he saw me first and encouraged me on, SO LOVE HIM.
The first 6 miles were pretty good I felt great, I was sure I would come close to reaching my goal as long as I continued to push on past my desire to stop at the potties and could somehow forget about my blister which I was sure was bleeding by now.
Miles 7-9 I started a gradual slow down and I wanted to walk for a minute but knew I couldn’t if I wanted to reach my goals.
They had quite a few water stations along the way but I brought my hydration belt so I wouldn’t have to stop and lose time. This worked out well, one of my bottles had water and one had a V8 green tea energy juice with a coffee shot (that I decided to put in at last minute). Between mile 8 and 9 I drank the juice, this I think helped me to stop slowing down. There was a slight slope on the return trip back and hills and I don’t get along.
Mile 9 was the worst, all I could think about was my blister and that I had to GO!!! Mile 10 I was feeling strong again, I thought I may not make my goal but I was going to give it my best. But I was scanning the ground for anything I could possibly pick up and but in my shoe to give some relieve to my heal, I had no such luck. I think it would be a good thing for run to have Band-Aids also at water stops, or I need to remember to put some into my pocket.
Miles 11 and 12 went by miserably, but I got through them!
Mile 13, I saw Ken up ahead I was quite surprised to see him, that meant one of two thing Ken was having trouble and I was doing ok, or Ken was doing well and I was doing awesome. I hoped that meant I was doing awesome, I yelled to him several times to get his attention but gave up, as I was running out of breath. So I decided I wanted to catch up to him, pass by him and see the shock in his face. So I tried to pick up my pace in order to pass by him and finish strong.
It was pretty clogged up with the walkers and 5 k runners that last mile, and cars were all at a stand still waiting for the runners and walkers to pass over to our side of the road. I saw a few cars pulled off and were cheering on the runners, I think I would rather do that than just sit in my car. I thought it was cool. Once we got past were the walkers and 5 k runners were crossing the road, it was clear sailing from then on, all I had to do was worry about the other runners/walkers.
When I saw the finish I thought I may not be able to pass Ken as he was still quite a ways in front of me. But I’m a pretty good sprinter for short distances so I was going to try. I had to kick it up at least 3 times and in the last second before his foot hit the ground I flew past him. It felt good to finish so close to him since we are never together at the end. I will always remember his shock when he saw it was me who sped by him at the last second.
We had a good laugh over it, was I happy to be done. Now I could GO! And give my feet a break, and eat something.
We did get a nice boxed lunch a drink and a ticket for a beer which we didn’t use.
- Mile 1 – 8:16
- Mile 2 – 9:13
- Mile 3- 9:48
- Mile 4 – 9:43
- Mile 5 – 10:18
- Mile 6- 10:30
- Mile 7 – 10:24
- Mile 8 – 10:36
- Mile 9 – 10:42
- Mile 10 – 10:00
- Mile 11 – 10:36
- Mile 12 – 10:24
- Mile 13 – 10:48
- Last little bits – 10:06
My overall pace was 10:13, which was great for me, I’m usually slower. I was able to Place 3rd in my age group, I think the fast ladies ran somewhere else this weekend, what a surprise. I was quite happy with the outcome. This was a lot of fun I would like to do this run again.
The Sea turtle raises money for sea turtle rescue and also for the local High School ROTC. So how about going and running in this next year , I think you would enjoy it just as we did.
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number- living things both small and great.