Well, I did it! I finished my SECOND half marathon – the Dallas Rock n’ Roll on March 25th! No – running one half marathon was not enough for me. It only made me LOVE running more and had me searching for more races to enter.
The Dallas Rock n’ Roll was a huge race – big crowd of spectators and corralls and corralls of runners. It started downtown Dallas at City Hall and ended at Dallas Fair Park. I had a good feeling about this race and was counting on running a new PR for several reasons : 1 – the course was not hilly like Cowtown, 2- I had not had any knee or other running injuries AND 3- I had more training prior to the race! In my head, there was no reason why I couldn’t beat my Cowtown half race time. I just knew I was going to run my personal best this time.
I was running the Rock n’ Roll with a few running friends. Before the race, we were discussing the course and talking about how fast we had to run in order to break a new PR. In February, I ran the Cowtown in 2 hrs 17 min. I began the discussion talking about how fast of a pace I needed to run to finish in 2 hrs 15 min. By the end of our discussion, I was thinking how awesome it would be to finish even faster. I was feeling so great. Why couldn’t I run this race in less than 2 hrs? A few of the other Waxahachie Club runners could do it, so why couldn’t I? LOL……
I begain the race in the same corrall as other runners who could run -sub 2 Half. So, All I had to do was keep up with their pace and I would be fine…….or so I thought. At the beginning of the race, I was able to keep up with the pace for a good 3 miles. However, by mile 6, I thought I was gonna die! Never had running been so hard. Eventually, I began running slower and slower and taking more and more water/ walking breaks as the race went on. What was happening?
The Cowtown Half seemed so much easier for me. Running a sub 2hr race was no longer in my thoughts. My goal now was only to FINISH the race! At this time, I had passed mile 11 a while ago and new the finish line was close. I had not seen a sign reading mile 12 and just new that it had been a mistake and someone forgot to put it up or I had missed it. So, I would soon be approaching the finish line!……or woudl I? Then, I saw the sign – mile 12! What ?#%^&! I had never been so angry in my life. Lol….. I thought I passed this mile already. It took everything in me to run that last mile. Yes, I stopped for water, some ice, and even took some time cooling off in the water mister, but I finished!
I was exhausted! I walked thru the line grabbing all the post race food/ drinks and kept walking past the crowd and straight to my car. All I wanted to do was sit down in my car, turn the air on, rest, and enjoy my snacks.There was no post race partying for me.
I finished the Rock n’ Roll Half in 2 hrs 23 min – about 6 min longer than my first race. The competitive side of me sat in the car pouting for a few min. Then, the realistic side, said “are you crazy? you ran ANOTHER half marathon and FINISHED! You cannot beat your time every race. Just be happy with the fact that you are running and LIVING a healthy life!”
And….. as I drove home, I began planning all the next races I will be running!
April 14th – 5K Susan G. Komen Greater Ft Worth , April 15th – Big D, Heels and Hills – May 6th Irving, May 5th – Crime Prevention 5K – Waxahachie, May 19th – REACH 5K Waxahachie, June 10th – Wounded Warrior Half, June 16th – Hero Rush 5 K Obstacle Course – Irving, July – Elscorcho, August 12 – Hottest Half, October – Tyler Rose Half Marathon, November – Rock n Roll MARATHON San Antonio!, December – Dallas White Rock Half Marathon………… there are so many races I am leaving out. How will I decide what to choose?
I do know one thing for sure….at my next half, I will NOT be starting out at a faster than normal pace for myself! LOL. I have learned my lesson!