Alexandria Running Festival Half Marathon
May 25, 2014
Temp: high 50s and sunny to start but quickly warmed from there
What I wore: hat, short sleeve shirt, Skirt Sports Happy Girl skirt,
PROCompression socks, and my trusty Altra Intuitions
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right – Henry Ford
I went into this race mentally defeated. The combination of hormones, warm weather, and just flat out being mentally done with racing put me in a not good place on Saturday night and I couldn’t seem to leave there. I didn’t sleep well and it took everything I had in me to drive to the race. Thankfully, a ton of MRTT ladies were running and Sue was escorting Woody, so the hanging out before the race was a blast.
Until they had a half hour delay due to course marking issues.
I called Beer Geek to tell him and his response? “You have to run the race. You can’t leave.” Apparently, even though I hadn’t said anything to him about my mental state, he knew. So, I did. And I made the best of it.
I hated every single step of that hot, miserable run on a course with little to recommend it. But I talked to tons of people, high fived every kid I saw, and guzzled Gatorade at every water stop. I met a lady who had run the Great Wall of China half marathon, I cheered on my MRTT ladies, I got cheered on by MRTT and some half fanatics, and I sprinted to the finish chasing after a dude who’s legs were nearly as long as I am tall.
It wasn’t pretty. I was able to exfoliate with all the salt on my face. I spent the entire rest of the day rehydrating. But I finished.
ONE MORE TO GO!!!
- The packet pickup and parking on race day went super smoothly.
- Indoor bathrooms and never a long line.
- MRTT – such awesome ladies!
- The volunteers were awesome.
- The random people I chatted with on the course
- The cold Gatorade that was handed to me at mile 11.5
- The heat
- The course – it was uninspiring, often unshaded, and changed surface type way too often.
- My attitude
- Old school timing chips to wear on our shoes
- The constant little out and back jaunts
- The medal is the most boring medal I’ve received this year
- The half hour delay. It messed up my hydration, my fueling, and had us running without shade at the end. A half hour makes a big difference in Virginia in the late spring.
- The Bia GPS said I ran 13.81 miles??? Garmin said the course was closer just under 13.
Would I run it again?
No. It’s too likely to be hot and the course just really did nothing for me (and I’m generally not one to complain about a boring course.) I know my mental state played a part in not loving this race, but it had very little that makes me want to give it another try.
At least we had Monday off, so I was able to celebrate being done.
12 down, 1 to go. I know that ZOOMA is going to be hard – it’s hilly and it’s going to be warm, but that’s ok. There are other things to like about it and I’m so excited to be done that I’m going to embrace every single slow step.