Fifth year in a row running the Wisconsin Half Marathon!
And five very different races. In 2009…
Ha ha ha. Just kidding. I won’t talk about the 2009-2012 races. That would be a snoozefest. We’ll get right to the point.
You all knew that I came really close to a PR at the SLC half marathon, and decided I would go for a PR at Wisconsin. I prepared by asking my friend Ed to be my pacer… then spending the two weeks in between races eating all the foods and barely running.
Surprisingly, after that awesome two-week prep, and eating oreos, pancakes and a dinner of burger and fries the day before, the race was not as easy as I hoped. WHAT?! Ha ha ha.
Ed is an awesome pacer. We were on pace for maybe the first 7-8 miles? Then I started to slow down. He really pushed and encouraged me, and tried to keep the pace up, but… I was not going as fast as I felt like I was. It’s kind of funny. I knew I wasn’t on pace for the last two miles but I thought I was going a bit faster than I was. I was surprised when I saw how much I slowed down on my watch! Ha!
But! That is the nice part about having a pacer – I don’t have to look at my watch. Ever (except over and over in the end when you just want the damn race to end).
So, how did I do? 1:51:15 – a two minute 51 second PR. Decent! I know I wouldn’t have run that pace without Ed, so I am very thankful he paced me!
But damn. I do not prefer running for pace in races, unless the pace is super easy because I am not overweight and have actually trained for it properly. Which would have been me if I ran this race two months ago. Moving on…
HOLY CRAP a lot of people I know ran this race. My brother-in-law came from Kansas City to run it. Originally, we were going to run together, as we did in 2012. But after I was so close to a PR at SLC I told him he was running on his own. Ha ha ha. Guys. I am not that mean. We had talked about it a lot. He didn’t feel like he training was up to par and he ended up being sick for the race! But he still did it and kicked butt!
Who else was there?
My bestie, Erin, who was a two-day race volunteer, and came to see me at the finish!
I was so busy that I missed the meetup with the Chicagoland bloggers that I set up for that morning. Nice. I also missed seeing a few Chicagoland bloggers (not listed above).
A crap ton of people from my multisport club
and running club, but yeah… not in that picture. Although! I did see my girl, Emily finish a really tough marathon!
(picture not from the marathon, but I like this picture of us)
Rachel was there!!! And may or may have not kicked some serious arse…
Kim and Kimberly! They roadtripped it out to Wisconsin and stayed at Bobbi’s Friday and Saturday night. I was bummed I couldn’t stay there too (guess that would have been kind of rude with my in-laws visiting?). But we did all hang out after the race to see our marathoning friends finish, then we hit up Red Robin (two days in a row for me) and hung out at Bobbi’s for a bit! It was so nice just to be hanging out with friends after the race, not worrying about posting my finishing time on Facebook (or congratulating everyone on theirs) immediately… just being in the moment. That is mostly what inspired yesterday’s post.
Anyways. Another Wisconsin Half Marathon in the books. Despite the “hills” getting larger on the years I am trying to run fast, I will be back next year! I really love this half marathon!
Other random thoughts:
- I was dissapointed in the lack of Star Wars signs/costumes. I saw two Boba Fett signs. TWO!
- I thought about pinning by bib to my shorts and wish I would have. I was too hot at mile 1 and wanted to run shirtless. Also, I should have worn a visor – the top of my head was too hot with a hat on.
- I was disappointed it was not overcast and raining (as it had been forecasted). Sunny and low 50s is too hot for me.
- Ed wanted to start in the cheese corral (the very front of the race), where you wear something “cheesy” to get in, so I wore a cheesestick around my neck. I took it off when we started and carried it for 11 miles. It was a nice distraction. I should have held on to it until the end!
- Speaking of starting up front, it was actually nice to be getting passed and not passing people. We were able to stay to the side and run the tangents. I think the cheese corral is not that great of an idea for such a small race, but it really helped me save energy not to weave so much in the beginning.
- There are so many funny things Ed said to me that I won’t type out here… but I will be laughing about them in my head for a long time. He really is a great pacer!
- I love seeing people in the out and backs at this race. It was such a good distraction to scan for familiar faces, even if I couldn’t remember their names until after they passed (due to running brain).
- I usually try to smile during races but I was running so hard (for me) at this one that I didn’t much. I am curious to see what the official pics look like!
- A huge thanks to Steven for spectating and taking such great photos!
You can tell how much fun Steven and his dad had by the looks on their faces.