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St. Jude Half Marathon Recap, Part 2

In case you missed part 1, you can find it here.

5:00 am race day morning...I woke up without a glitch and made coffee and had my bagel with peanut butter.  I don't normally have coffee before a long run but I felt like I needed it to ahem, get my bowels moving.  Yeah, I said it.  I got dressed and tried to go to the bathroom one more time, texting Brooke to tell her that my freaking bowels wouldn't move (yep, said it again).  I gave up and got in the car to head downtown at around 6:30 am.

I was really nervous about the parking situation but I found a secured lot pretty much right after I got off the interstate!  #Winning.  I got myself together and then I walked over to the starting line.

Thankfully there were like eleventy million porta potties which was good since you know, my bowels were ready to move at this point (last time, I promise).  I soon met up with Tiffany and Brooke at Corral 11.

We unfortunately lost Tiffany as we got into our corral.  It was a wave start, and 20 minutes after 8, Brooke and I were crossing the start line.  The virtual pacer on my Garmin was set for 12:00 minute miles just like I had it for my 12 mile long run, forever known as "the perfect run".  On "the perfect run", I was always ahead of that pace by about 15 seconds except for when I turned on the jets in the last mile.  I figured that would work for the race and I'd hit my personal goal of 2.5 hours.

Well, I guess Brooke and I shot out of the gates a little too fast.

Split Time Moving Time Distance Elevation Gain Elevation Loss Avg Pace Avg Moving Pace Best Pace Calories
1 11:15.7 11:04 1 9 0 11:16 11:04 10:41 105
2 11:04.1 11:04 1 26 42 11:04 11:04 10:32 106
3 11:26.7 11:17 1 26 0 11:27 11:17 10:28 105
4 11:04.8 10:44 1 17 15 11:05 10:44 4:17 105
5 11:20.3 11:05 1 0 37 11:20 11:05 4:49 102
6 11:53.2 11:38 1 29 0 11:53 11:38 11:07 100

I ate my Gu around there and started feeling sick.  Like I'm about to puke sick.  I tried to keep it together but there was no way around it.  I found myself a nice sewer grate and I let it rip.  See ya, Gu.  I attempted to "Puke and Rally" but it was really hard.  And before anyone asks, it was the same Gu I trained with.  I'm not really sure where I went wrong.  I might not ever know.  Brooke was such a good friend and stuck with me, trying to talk to me and keep my mind off of it.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get it out of my head.

I started feeling better around mile 8 and I was excited to see my parents around mile 9!

They had a cute sign cheering Brooke and I on.  Thank you so much for coming to support us!

I ate another Gu, and not long after that, my stomach felt like a rock again.  Awesome.  Did I get bad Gu?  Who knows.  Anyway, we kept on going and I was excited to see my student, Kristin, at Mile 11.  A lot of the pharmacy students were there and that made me feel great!

Before I knew it, I started feeling good.  You know, when the race was almost over.  Brooke and I were on the way to the finish line.  I was ready to pick up the pace and race it on in!

Here are the times for my remaining miles.  You can see that I had to walk some due to my stomach cramps.  I was really upset about this but I keep telling myself, I finished.  Redemption will be mine.

7 13:50.0 12:37 1 0 6 13:50 12:37 10:48 94
8 12:33.7 11:37 1 0 0 12:34 11:37 11:18 95
9 12:40.8 12:19 1 30 20 12:41 12:19 9:41 101
10 12:58.1 12:20 1 38 17 12:58 12:20 11:12 92
11 13:24.8 13:01 1 24 32 13:25 13:01 11:14 87
12 13:35.5 12:53 1 18 30 13:36 12:53 11:19 87
13 11:55.9 11:56 1 16 26 11:56 11:56 11:05 96
14 02:01.6 1:48 0.19 0 18 10:48 9:36 9:11 19
 Summary 41:05.2 35:23.0 13.19 234 243 12:13 11:47 4:17 1,294

The Good:
1.  We had a great start.
2.  Running through the St. Jude campus.
3.  A well organized race with tons of porta potties, a great medal, and lots of chocolate milk.

The Bad:
1.  The weather was warmer than I had been training in.
2.  The powerade was a little watered down.
3.  More rolling hills than I expected.

The Ugly:
1.  Obviously the puking.
2.  The smells as we ran through the back of the zoo.
3.  Not meeting my goals.

In the end, it wasn't the race I had hoped for.  But I know there are going to be plenty more races. 2:30:00 will be mine.  Maybe even better...

I have a ton more pictures so I'll do a picture post soon.

Thank you so much to everyone for their support, but most importantly, thank you to Brooke for sticking with me.  I was not a fun running partner but she never let it bring her down.  You are the best!

Happy trails,

Eight Crazy Nights

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