Tuesday, May 3, 2011

La Segunda Parte! Partie Deux! Part Two! Of My Eugene 1/2 Marathon!

So, if you'll remember from Part 1 earlier today, I had left you all hanging around knowing that it was my best race ever, but not knowing the whys and wherefores...so let me present the story.

First, many of you know that a short 6 months ago, I was not running at all...and had not been for about 15 months prior to that. In September - after coming home from 1 mile dog walks in tears from the pain, I tried again to find someone that could help me. Obviously resting my legs was not the solution I had hoped it would be. With the help of a wonderful chiropractor and her massage therapist, I was back to hiking fairly pain free in November and running for 20 minutes at a time in December. The next four months brought me to this weekend.

I had two options in mind as I went to bed Saturday night.... I would either do better than 10m/m or I wouldn't :-)

I woke up with fresh legs! ...to 34 degree temps ...and clear skies. Things were looking good! At the last minute, I decided not to bother with a throw away shirt. I had been staying warm in one of the law buildings - and enjoying the comfort of real bathrooms - and figured it would only be a few minutes until the start and I would be fine, so I checked everything and got in my corral...only to stand there waiting and shivering for quite some time. There was some problem at the start, but I was so far back, I had no idea what it was. There was a rather furry gentleman standing next to me and we kept bumping arms and I kept moving away until I realized how deliciously warm he was...so without being too obvious...I cuddled up right close to him until we were off....


I was warmed up perfectly within about a 1/4 mile. I had decided to listen to Green Day's "When Septemeber Ends" two times through at the start to keep me from going out too fast. As it was, the masses were not going too slow or too fast for me. It was a perfect start. When I needed to, there was room to pass. At mile two I had a little freak out with my memory on when the next water station would be and ended up downing a gel...at freakin' mile two...who does that? Anyways...it was one of three I had hidden on me and it happened to have been in my bra and was bugging me so it worked out ok.

All I really remember between mile 2 and mile 8 was that it flew by and I felt amazing. The sun was shining down on us the whole time, the crowd support was fantastic. Laurie posted some pictures of posters along the way that made my day - "Run Happy" and "Run Strong". My favorite, though, was held by a young boy - it said "Run faster - I Just Farted". HA! It reminded me of something my kids would hold up and made me giggle. The only real problem during this time was my bra. It was bugging. I have a feeling there are a lot of pictures out there with me copping a feel of myself.

Another gel was slurped down at mile 7. At mile 8 I felt a blister. I never get blisters so that was kind of weird, but I just ran on - happy to be running absolutely pain free in my ankles and shins and calves. I could feel my left butt cheek trying to come out and talk, but I told it that I was too busy. Also at mile 8, my husband's iTouch started flashing that the battery was at 20%. I spent the next mile trying to figure out when exactly I was going to lose music and that's when I hit a button that caused it to start shuffling...or making a new play list...or both. I have no idea, but I sure wished I had my own lost iPod at that point. With endless repeats of Korn and Metallica, I managed to up my pace a bit and keep the energy strong.

However, all my messing with the music, I suddenly realized I was at the mile 10 marker and in a panic, thought I had missed the split of the halfers and the full marathoners...and that is where I peed my pants a bit. I probably should have hit a honey bucket at some point, but had decided to push through. So...whoops.

But NO! I soon came to the split and my world was all rosy again. In fact, I have never felt better...just a little less dry than I had been.

YOU GUYS!!! I was on fire! At 11 miles, I knew that it was going great and I started passing people here and there. For some reason at mile 12, I thought it would be nice to take that last gel. I'm not sure what was going through my mind, but I did it. Who eats a gel at mile 12? The best part was I had my music so loud I couldn't hear if the aid station was calling out water or gatorade and I tossed back an entire cup of gatorade to wash down my gel. ICK. That almost made me puke. And then I almost slipped in puke on the bridge.

And then I started passing people left and right. My legs were M.O.V.I.N.G. As I approached the entrance to Hayward Field, I did it! I kicked it into high gear like I've never done in my life. I actually had the power to pass people for like the first time ever and I took full advantage. I heard someone say "look at her go" and that's all it took. Running on that track with the stands full of people watching and seeing myself on the jumbo tron...oh boy! THAT was fun! I think I probably passed 20 people just on the track alone.
And then I peed on myself again.
I wanted my medal really bad and I wanted to enjoy the whole bit and take my time leaving the track...but I wanted to not completely leave a huge puddle even more...so I got my medal quick quick quick and took the best pee of my life. TMI? Probably.

And that is my very first 1/2 marathon report. I don't imagine it could get any better. I came in at 2:04:31. That's 9:30m/m AND THAT IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT, BABY!! More on this later :-)

Running again. It's a dream come true.

More Eugene race reports below! Enjoy!









23 comments:

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

A gel at mile 12? Good for you, for keeping your gels and not losing them all over the course like I did! You can take them whenever you like. What an awesome first half! Way to go!

Julie said...

WOOHOO!!!! What a great race!!!! I love that you were so focused there was no stopping for a port-a-potty! Girl you kicked A$$!

Kate said...

AWESOME!! I'm so happy for you! Sounds like a great race, other than the pee. Much better than visiting a porta potty every other water stop, like me. Ugh.

GREAT JOB!!

And the GU in the bra...oh, man. I have scratches all over my chest from pulling out my GUs from my sports bra. Had some 'splainin to do when I got home to my husband. :)

P said...

OMG, Best. Race Report. Ever! You crack me up. I'm so, SO happy for you - what a terrific day you had!!

Stacie said...

Congrats!!! What an awesome race report. I'm so happy for you. Once I cross a timing mat it will take a HUGE emergency to get me to stop for a potty break. Haven't done it yet.

Small Town Runner said...

Very well done Julie! I know you just blasted the HECK out of your planned pace for this race. Now I can't WAIT to see how you do in another one :)

And for the gel...I am one who should have plenty of room in the bra for a few, but i always just pin the darn things to my shorts. I couldn't handle the scratchiness.

Yeah, the pee might be TMI, but that's why people read race reports. =D

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on a fantastic race! I'm so glad your first half was so wonderful...pee and all! ; )

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel said...

Ah! I love your energy in this post - felt like I was running right next to you! Way to go on the race.

Nikki Kendall said...

YAY!!! Good for you! That is such an awesome race! Your frantic gel consumption made me giggle! I too had random gel issues but had a great race! AWESOME JOB!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

CONGRATS!!! Great race!!! Love the race report!! Jealous you can pee and run

FruitFly said...

AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME report!!!

But now I have to pee! ;)

I'm so glad your first half was so great. You just might become an addict like the rest of us now. ;)

FruitFly said...

....and I was way behind you, so that was NOT my vomit you almost slipped in on the bridge. Phew!

Michelle said...

What's a race without a little pee? Loved your report! Thanks for stopping by mine!

Jen said...

You are so awesome! What a great report. I loved the furry man comment and your peeing party! You make me laugh! Congrats on a great race! You are awesome and you are back in the game! Way to kick it in the end!

CautiouslyAudacious said...

yay for running again!! Congrats on not giving up until you found what worked for you!

amy said...

Congrats on your race! And, thanks for the link back to my race report!

Meredith said...

Woohoo!! Way to go!! What a great race and what a great recap - pee and all!! Nice job!!

SupermomE12 said...

Great job!!! Congrats!!!! :)

Amanda@runninghood said...

This is awesome. That sign that the boy was holding would have made me laugh. :) Farting always makes me laugh. Congrats to you girl! You rock! And way to be on top of your fueling!

ajh said...

You were awesome. I enjoyed your report! Funny when you took the gels. Who knows? Maybe that was the best strategy ever!

Julie D. said...

Way to go, Julie!!! My favorite part of your re-cap was you saying, "YOU GUYS!! I was on fire!!" Nothing better than that!! You rocked it!! I can picture you flying into Hayward field!! I'll be there next year for sure!! Congratulations!!

Elizabeth said...

So excited for you!!! CONGRATS!!! i can’t believe you peed yourself though. had me cracking up :)

Michael said...

I just realized I had never read part 2...after that part 1 cliff hanger! Great job!! Absolutely amazing. I have yet to have a half marathon where I feel strong throughout, I think it would feel so awesome. Thanks for all of the intimate details :) GREAT JOB!!