Tuesday, March 15, 2011

half marathon recap.

13.1 miles.  {check!}
Just rounding the last corner to the finish line!
My bib!
This was my 2nd half marathon, and I was so excited to run it.  Training went really well.  I started the last week of December and the most I ran was 10 miles... so I was a little nervous for that extra 3, but I made it!

With the time change springing us forward an hour, 4:45 a.m. (which felt like 3:45) was an early wake up call.  We had to be at the race by 6:30, and I wanted to make sure I ate early enough so I didn't get sick.

My sweet mom came over the night before and stayed the night with me (TL had to work) to take me to the race in the morning.  I know it was early for her, too, but we had a great night out over a big italian dinner!  Yum!
All my gear ready to go the night before ;)
With more than 5,500 people running the race, you can imagine how crowded it was!  The first mile was really hard... dodging people in every direction.  My first mile was my slowest, at about 10:30.

From there, I took off.  TL met me and waved just after mile 1, and I was so excited to see him I almost started crying.  (dork, I know)


After seeing him, I fell into my pace.  I tried to slow down so I wouldn't get tired in the end, but I felt comfortable at about 8:55 for the first few miles.

Mile after mile, I just kept getting quicker.  I averaged 8:45 for about 5 miles - then at around mile 9, I stepped my pace up to the 8:30s.

Mile 11 came quick, and it hit me hard.  My legs started getting tired and I was really thirsty.  But I knew I could do those last two miles... it's all a mental game!

Coming back into the stadium for the finish was so much fun.  I picked up my pace again when I heard the crowds and finished as strong as I could.

Official finish time: 1:54:37.  My overall average was 8:45 min/mile.  My goal was to finish in under 2 hours... and when I finished, I was so happy :)  I ran my first half in 2:08:10 back in 2008.

I couldn't wait to see TL, he was waiting and taking pictures at the finish line!
With friends/runners Leslee & Shelley.  Leslee surprised me with my first 13.1 sticker signed by professional athlete Frayed Laces!

53 comments:

Adrienne Gomer said...

That's AWESOME! So impressive.

Annie said...

WOWIE!!!! good for you girly!!! so happy for you!!
& i'm very impressed :)

meghan said...

Congratulations, Tracy! That's an incredible time...you must have been thrilled!

Leah said...

Amazing! That's an incredible time. MY first half wasn't the best experience but getting to the finish line was definitely a huge accomplishment. Congrats girl!

Katie said...

Congrats, that is awesome!! And that first pic is hot! I never get race pics like that :(

MJW said...

Awesome job!!! I wish I could get myself to start running :-P

Michelle said...

YAY! That's awesome! Congratulations! So happy for you... what an accomplishment!

Sweet Caroline said...

Congrats on your second half marathon! That is so sooo exciting! And definitely an inspiration to me because it's something I've always wanted to do. Have a great week! Hope your puppy feeling better. WOOF!

Sonja said...

Congrats girl!! Thats awesome! :)

Megan said...

I don't know you personally but somehow stumbled upon your blog a while back. :)

Congrats on such an awesome accomplishment (and time!)!! You are very inspiring!

{av} said...

ohmyheavens! what a FAB time!! kudos girl! I had to run a marathon the morning after a time change so I feel your pain ;) hope your legs are doing well this week! xoxo {av}

Britt @ The Adventures of Josh and Britt said...

Good work lady! That is so awesome, I love that your bib said TracyGirl!!

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

Aw that's great! I love the photo of you finishing up at the stadium. I would hate to ask but we should do a 5k I don't have alot of girlfriends here that like to run or want to for that matter.. I want to do a few 5k's to get me started.

Frances said...

awesome job Tracy! you must feel great!

Tiffany said...

Way to go! That's so great! Did you use a particular training plan? I'm hoping to run my first half in July and would love any advice! :)

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Meghan said...

Congrats! That is an awesome time! I love half marathons - I have my third one coming up next month!

Candace said...

You go girl! I hope to tackle a half someday! I need to get in shape. What an awesome accomplishment.

mrsashcake said...

that's awesome! go you!!!

The Hill House said...

Way to GO! That's awesome!

Shelley said...

Wow, impressive! Great job!!

Elizabeth said...

You go girl!!

angela.kolachny said...

wow good for you! that's so awesome:o) thanks for all the sweet engagement wishes!

Leslee said...

You killed it Tracy! So happy for you and grateful we were able to share this training & race...

Baby Mama said...

That is great!!! Congratulations!

Kit said...

Very impressive!!!! Way to go!!!!!!

Lori said...

That is amazing Tracy ~ congrats to you!! xo

Michelle said...

Congrats girl!!! :)

Hair Bows and Tutus said...

Impressive time! Congrats!

Natasha said...

what a GREAT job sweetie!! you made your goal time with time to spare and you should be VERY excited...so impressive and CONGRATS!!!

Shalyn said...

You GO GIRL! I want and hope to do that some day! Such a great accomplishment! :)

Kara said...

AWESOME time!!! I definitely want to get back into running races after baby comes. ;) Great job!!

Nicole Marie said...

way to go tracy! so proud of you!

Ashley said...

great job!!
When I saw my husband after running my first half, I almost burst into tears! I totally understand =)

Mrs. V said...

Great job Tracy! Speedster! Awesome run =)

Katie said...

AWESOME job!!! I'm pretty sure we have the same Nike hoodie..I loveee it. It's so soft!

Congrats :)

Chiara said...

Yay you!!
Congrats!

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

Oh my congrats. it sounds like an awesome time and I dont think your a dork for crying I would have done the same thing :)


Write it in Lipstick

Chelsea said...

I don't even know where I would begin to train for a marathon! CONGRATS! What an accomplishment girl.

Jessica said...

Brava to you!! I cannot imagine ever doing what you did, and to do so well on your time! You deserve to feel quite proud of yourself. :)

OceanDreams said...

whohoo so very happy for you girl and i remember how tired i was after my half marathons too - way to push through it!! you look gorgeous even when you are running!

B said...

You go girl! You are great inspiration :)

Rachel said...

So impressive Tracy, Congrats!

Bre said...

Congratulations girlie! Reading this makes me want to run one, but then when I think twice about it, I'll just stick to my 5K races. LOL!

~Jamie Kubeczka~ said...

Way to go girl! That is awesome!

Ashley said...

Wow!! Congrats! I wish I could run a marathon!

A Cajun Belle said...

Congrats girl!

Emily said...

Congrats! That is so awesome. :)
x

Jax said...

Congrats a million times! So happy for you! Admire you, too! What an awesome accomplishment to have done TWO halfs! That's outstanding!!!! Loving the photos too!!

Oh and um.. 8:45 mile average... Holy moly! You go girl!

Anna said...

Congrats on your half marathon!!!

I ran a marathon last May and I don't think I've ever felt more accomplished!!

d.a.r. said...

what a GREAT race!! Congrats!

this free bird said...

Tracy you have 3 kids named Blanket? Maybe we're sisters and mine can have 3 cousins. Bahahaha!!

xo,
Carrie

this free bird said...

ps-i'm trying to learn to run away from the fridge. okay just chocolate. but STILL. this could be some great motivation...

JMB said...

So I am your 53 comment!! You little rockstar!! I have been out of the blog reading loop (BAD BAD FRIEND) anyhooo look at YOU GO CHILD!!! I am SUPER PROUD OF YOU MAMA!!!!!