We all sort of just planned to run this with not too much for expectations. None of us have ran this race before so we really didn't know what we were getting into. What we did know is that it was warm out and that the sun was out full force. I like being cold before a race and I was not in the least bit cold. I was actually boarder line warm. Shoot me.
I did feel good though. I felt refreshed and chipper that it was a step back week and we only had 13 miles to do today. Mistake #1. Running is hard no matter what the mileage is. I'm just sometimes a fool.
Before we knew it, we were off and running.
|I didn't even see this photographer at the start. I was actually that happy at this point.|
My plan was to sort of keep up with Matt for as long as I could but I quickly realized that I could only manage that for about a mile. I was already sucking at life and hurting bad so I slowed down a bit. My first mile was way too fast. Mistake #2.
I could hear Alicia behind me because our damn necklaces of cheese were clinking like crazy. I pulled away for a short bit but then had the strong urge to puke 2 miles in. My stomach was burning and I just thought WTF is going on!? I pulled to the side and just walked. At this point a random guy decided to strike a conversation on how hard this day was. I told him I thought I might puke and he said he was feeling that way too but he had 10 beers last night and only had to run 6.5 miles because he was doing the relay. Awesome. At this point I could hear Alicia coming up behind me again so I ran with her and told her I felt like complete crap. She said at this point that she would stay with me no matter what and that made me feel like a million times better already.
|Faking a smile and feeling like death.|
|The only trees the first 7 miles. Well played Cheesehead...well played.|
The race takes place out on country roads. There are no trees the first half of the race and you are on some rolling hill country roads. It's very boring and hard and hot. Eventually at the turn around, you get into a crushed rock trail and that's when I felt so much better. There were trees and that means shade so I picked things up and felt wonderful from miles 7-10. Once we were off of the trail and back onto the country roads, it got hard again. It was so hot by this point and I was just dumping water on myself at every water stop. Finally I could see the final water stop that is about 1.5 miles from the finish but it was so deceivingly far away. You could see it forever but you seemed to never get closer.
After that water stop you make a turn and finally make your way back into town. I was so glad that I was almost done with this horrible (for me) race.
We crossed the finish line with the exact same finish time.
After all of our training runs and non training runs together, Alicia and I have never finished a race together. Today was a first for that and it was so nice to have the constant company!
Final Time 2:19:41
One of my worst half marathon times but sometimes you need those hard races to realize how great it is to have good races and to not take a good running day for granted.
After the race we got right in line for food since it was kind of long. Thankfully it moved quickly. The food was amazing. The best I've seen after a race. Lish and I loaded up our plates and headed back to my car to hang out in the grass and eat.
|Pizza, Burger with cheese curd on top, breakfast burrito, blue berries, granola, lemon curd butter, scone type thing, brownie and beer.|
We also had some girls take a picture of us after the race and they took a picture of our mess too as we posed for the picture. I didn't realize it until much later when I looked at my pictures.
We are slobs.
In the end, I'm not sure I would do this race again. It's an August race and of course those are going to be warm. I knew that from the start but there is little shade on the course and very long roads that seem to never end. It was a tough race. It was very organized though! The course is accurate, the support was amazing. They had water stops about every 1.5 miles that had Gatorade and water. We will see next year how I'm feeling about it. Maybe the relay? I get the second half though....