Well, that didn’t go quite how I expected. But I am totally fine with how it did go!
Looking at my previous two years at this race, where I’d tried to race something I was too heavy for, and started to slow down around mile 7, I figured that is what would happen to me again today. I figured we would stick to our 8:23-ish pace for those 7 miles, then I would tell Kelly to go ahead and get a kickarse PR, then I would slow down to a 9:00 minute mile and finish under 2:00 hours.
Um… not quite. Ha ha.
We stuck to pace for 5 miles. At that point, I told Kelly I could feel I was slowing down, and for her to go ahead a bit if she wanted. She said she really needed to stop and use the restroom. She stopped, I adjusted my ponytail that was making me nuts (this was after I ditched a hat that made me nuts!) and ran ahead slowly. She caught me and I figured we’d run a bit slower for her to catch her breath. We ran just over 9:00 for mile 6. Okay, good, I was thinking. We’ll speed back up in the 8:00s again now.
But by this point, we were on the horribly pot-hoely out and back part of the course (seeing people on the out and back is fun… thinking you’re gonna trip? not so fun), and all of a sudden, everything on me felt so heavy. Even my arms felt heavy. It was odd.
The sun was out at full force. We had another mile just over 9:00. “Dammit,” I thought, “I am totally screwing up her race again, like last year!” Gah. I don’t want to be that friend who makes you go out way too fast then you have to slow way down to finish the race. Sigh. But that was me today.
Kelly went ahead at mile 7. I was confident she would go ahead and PR, and I felt good I wasn’t holding her back anymore (although I did appreciate sharing my misery with her – I can run faster with a friend by my side).
I slowed down a bit, to a 9:19 mile for mile 8. “Oops!” I thought to myself, “gotta keep it towards 9:00s, Kim, to come in under 2:00.” I hoped Hanna catching up with me would make me get back on track. Ha ha, no! It was nice to chat (and to meet her) though!
I stopped and had my water bottle filled up just after mile 9. That slowed down my pace. I started seeing splits in the 10s! What the heck?
But… I was smiling. My body was happy I slowed down. The sun was beating down on me and slowing down was just what I needed to do, unfortunately.
The last two miles got even slower (in the 11:00s!). I never walked, but had to stop and get water AGAIN. Rachel caught up with me and said she was feeling the same. And said, “I don’t think we’re recovered from that ultra.” Nah…
I saw Kelly on the out and back by the finish and was so happy to see her and know she was going to PR! When I (eventually) got close to the finish I tried really hard to make sure I didn’t look like death. Because I didn’t entirely feel like it, just had nothing left to give. Steven said he could totally tell I was trying to look happy! Ha, did it work?!
Because I was SO happy to be finished and have that over with! The last three years I’ve set a fast goal for this race in the winter, then gained weight and still went for the goal at the race. It’s a horrible cycle, and kind of horrible to do that to the people I run it with!
But, I know Kelly doesn’t care and is happy for our time we run together. I am too. And she did PR today! I’m so proud of her. Sigh. I am going to miss her so much when she moves next month. Yeah. Haven’t mentioned it before because I am ignoring it… anyway.
Me? I ran a 2:06:16. Hee hee. A good half marathon time, for sure, but a horrible way to execute it, I know! I’ll make it a goal not to do THAT again this year. I need to be more honest with what I can do with the weight I am at!
Steven had a lot of fun taking photos at the race. R2D2 was a hit! When he had the balloon on the ground near the end, he said little kids were coming up to give it hugs, and one kid even said “R2D2, I love you!” Awww.
Our friend Pablo helped Steven take photos, and his wife and son hung out with him, too! We saw a ton of people from the studio, Rachel and her crew (ha, Kelly and I were on a “team” with them – our team name was “Four Swiss Misses and a Bratwurst,” since we had four ladies and one man), and a few people from the running club. Oh! And I saw Kelly cheering people on! That was a nice surprise. Oh! And seeing Ian at the turnaround, as well!
A few people from the Efit crew – we had quite a few more!
Me, Sarah, Mattie and Rachel
This was my seventh year running this half. I’ve run it every year since the inaugural, and will continue to. I will just try not to have wild ass goals next year. Ha.
Now, this seems a bit Debbie Downer, but like I said, I am completely cool with it all, and Kelly is happy with a PR (especially with the silly cold she has). But let’s end with some positives, right?
- I didn’t fall this year! I was very careful with my footing.
- I got to run this race for free, since I am (a version of) a race ambassador. I have been the last two years, and gotten a free entry then too, but have paid for my BiL to run it both times (as a gift).
- There was no wind in the beginning and a nice breeze at times when we needed it (it was 49° when we started and 65° when we finished, so we definitely needed it).
- I got to cheer lots of friends in to the finish, and chat with lots of friends, too!
- Someone told me they liked my tattoo!
- The medal and ribbon are really cool this year! I love that it has the course map on it. I heart maps.
- Steven seemed to be having a good time, and we ran some fun errands after the race. It was nice to have him there and spend the time together!
Until next year, Wisconsin…