"Sometimes your knight in shining armor ...is just a douchebag in tin foil!!"
So, Yesterday was the Blue Ridge Half Marathon! And, I was SO terrified! Not JUST because I had a hip injury/issue just 3 weeks prior flare up and only got ONE training run of 8 miles in in the 16 days before the race...and NOT only because XWH and MOW were running in it....but also because they revised the last few miles of the course and re-routed it off of the greenway due to heavy rain/possibly flooding over a low water bridge and added an additional 200 feet of elevation gain to a course that already had 3,620 feet of elevation gain (includes a mountain in the 1st 4 miles!
So...I found out a day or so before the race when they sent out the bib numbers, that my XWH and MOW were NOT running the half...but were doing the marathon 5-person relay instead...and I was actually pretty relieved...and also slightly disappointed I wouldn't be kicking MOW's butt since we share the same age group! I pesonally feel like it was a cop out on their part because MOW HATES running against me! She has never beat me in a race and I plan to keep it that way!
So....the race begins and my XWH is apparently the 1st on their team to run and he bolts like he has something to prove and beats me up the mountain. Of course...at first I am a little tiffed by this and my 1st instinct was to catch his fluffy butt...but then I had to remind myself that I am running over twice the distance he is and if I was only running 5 miles, than his pace would be reasonable...but if I attempted to catch him, I would blow MY race! So, I listened to my self-reasoning and just ran MY RACE and didn't worry about what asshat was doing!
I am happy to report that even though I felt my hip around mile 8 on...it wasn't pain.... I was just AWARE of it.
So....my chiropractor asked me what my time goal was for the race (he is an ultra runner) ....and I told him my ultimate goal was 2 hours and 10 minutes! I told him my PR (personal record) in a half marathon was 2 hours and 2 minutes but I knew this one was harder so I didn't expect to break that goal. His exact words were..."So you really think you can run it just a little slower with a mountain in this race?" And, I will have to go back to him and tell him that he was right....I didn't run it in 2 hours and 10 minutes...DAMN IT!
I ran it in 2 hours 11 minutes and 19 seconds!!! I guess that mountain had to keep me humble!
I finished 22nd out of 69 women in my age group and 349 out of 800 total half marathoners! 130 out of 430 women! Not bad for a gal who just had a baby 8 and a half months ago!
And, the icing on the cake is that my XWH busted his butt getting up the mountain as fast as he could to beat me...only for the other 3 members of his team and MOW to take their sweet time and his relay team ended up almost dead last!!!
GAWD I LOVE KARMA!!!! And, I think she may have been driving the bus that hauled them off the mountain!
And...one last thing...it was such a great humbling and heart-warming experience running with around 1500 people who were all running in honor of Boston! Blue and yellow as far as the eye could see! Suddenly...the race wasn't just about PRs and times...and personal goals! It was about our running family! And, we look out for our own!
[This message edited by She11ybeanz at 8:20 PM, April 21st (Sunday)]
ME - BW - 35
HIM - XWH - 39
D day: November 15th, 2009
Married: 5 Years, together 8
Divorced: December 13th, 2010
New Beginning: Piper/8-3-12