Marine Corps Half Marathon
It wasn’t pretty. It was hot, humid and painful, but I did it! I completed my 15th half marathon and I got to do it with my amazing sister, Michelle! I couldn’t have done it without her. The race ran by her house at around the 7 mile mark…if she had been home, I would have stopped at her house and asked for a ride back to my car. You think I’m joking. I’m not. So I truly mean it when I say, I wouldn’t have finished this race if she wasn’t out there running too. Michelle rocked the race and looked cute from start to finish! I was so proud of her!
The race got off to a hilarious start & I literally laughed for the first mile (which caused me to cramp up in the second mile, but it was totally worth it). The race started at 7am, which to Michelle, meant we could arrive at 6:50am. We parked for the race at 6:56am…and Michelle had to pee before she could run. Needless to say, the gun went off at 7 o’clock.on.the.dot and the race started while we were waiting in line for those nasty porta-potties. While we were waiting, we ran into my friend, Bruce. By the time Bruce & Michelle went to the bathroom, every one had already crossed the start line and they were counting down the SECONDS until the mat turned off that would track your time and actually prove you completed the race. Let me tell you; if those mats had turned off before I could cross, we would have been taking off our running shoes and going to brunch. We literally made it with about 3 seconds to spare and were the very last ones to cross the start line, which resulted in hundreds of spectators cheering for only the 3 of us. Absolutely hilarious!
Go number 937 (←that’s me)! Holla!
The race itself was a difficult one for me due to the rising temperatures and humidity. Note to self: October is still too hot to run 13.1 miles. After our chaotic start, I cramped up at mile 2, but was able to breathe through it and I got into a comfortable groove around mile 3. That was short lived though and by mile 7 I was feeling extremely overheated. I took water at almost every station (they were scattered about every 2 miles throughout the course). I also took some Gu Chomps at miles 5, 8 and 11. I thought I had a chance of barely sliding under the finish at sub 2 hours, but unfortunately at mile 11 I hit a serious wall and slowed way down. I usually strive to run negative splits, but that was not the case today and at mile 11 I knew I wouldn’t be picking up the pace in the end. I ended up finishing in 2:04, which I feel content with, considering my lack of training. I hope to get back to my normal pace and run some negative splits during my next 2 races, but I’m glad I went out and participated in the Marine Corps Half Marathon this morning. I didn’t think the entertainment on the course was great, but they had plenty of water stations, 2 Gu stations and some killer views…
The race has 2 bridges in the front part of the course and 1 serious incline ramp at the end, so if you’re looking for a challenge I suggest you sign up for the Marine Corps Half Marathon 2013. Overall, I felt the race was very well organized and on a scale of 1-10 I would rank it at a 6.*
*Note: If I had run a 1:48 and got a PR today, I would rank it as a 10…I may be biased due to my less than stellar time.