January 14, 2010
First Light Half & The Hearts of Teens
I held off blogging about First Light Half mostly b/c I ran like crap-ola. Also, I've been super busy with the track team. We'll start w/ the RR.
Prerace: I hate being cold and this winter thing is not being kind to me. (Hints the ginormous ski coat in the pic above.) I don't deal well w/ temps below freezing. What's weird is that I have set MORE PRs in temps above 70 than temps below 40 (and I'm mostly talking about marathons). Crazy, I know. Anyway, I was really looking forward to this race b/c it is my PR course for the HM. Also, in 2008, I won overall female in the half. PLUS, Speedy Anna was running the full, and I always love a chance to see her in action b/c it inspires the heck of me to get better. Well, race morning was below 20. I went with my warmest running items- leggings, a thick long sleeved top, 2 pairs of cotton gloves. I went out and did a 10 minute warm up. I was already miserable.
Race: Nothing really eventful during the race, I just couldn't get going. The speed was not there. It's not like I bonked or fell off; I just couldn't GO. Here are the splits- 649, 637, 647, 645, 647, 648, 650, 706, 707, 650, 655, 652, 651, 645, 104. I did have some issues with the Gu. It got really, really thick, plus with the gloves it was almost a lost cause. I guess that happened b/c of the temps.
Final time: 1:30:08- 4th overall female
Post Race: I'm just going to be honest here when I say I pretty much had a break down after the race. It wasn't JUST the race. I feel like I've had so, so many disappointments lately. I've worked really hard to be strong and to do the right things in life and sometimes it just feels like it's been for nothing. Every person has their breaking point. So, I had my few moments of self-pity, then it was over. In the wise words of Jenn, "It's okay to feel sorry for yourself and cry about it, but only for a minute. Then, it's time to move forward." So, I dried it up and went to see Speedy Anna. Something about seeing her racing just moves me in a way that I can't really explain. She's so smooth, strong, and controlled. Plus, I had made her a poster so I got to get out on the race course and scream at her like a wild banshee. That's always a spirit lifter. She WON the full marathon, BTW. Told you guys- this girl is AWESOME!
The best part of the race is usually the after party with the gals, which was true for Sunday, too. I got to meet Miranda (fellow blogger and RWOL friend). It was such a pleasure to finally meet her. I will say that she is just as fabulous, if not more than she is on the computer. LOL. She also placed in her AG for the Half- rock on! Speedy Anna, Miranda (and her friend), Katie, and I all went to brunch. (Yeah, the men partners came, too, but we're not really worried about them, are we ladies? Girls have more fun, remember?) Life's disappointments always feel better after girl talk (and a mimosa).
Fast forward to this week. Last week the high schoolers tried out, like I reported in my last post. This week the middle schoolers are trying out. After looking at the numbers of all the kids trying out, I knew we needed help. So, I recruited some of the older high schoolers to help us. I was a little worried b/c high schoolers can be really immature, and I worried if we would be able to handle eveything. I couldn't be more pleased, though. What I've seen this week has really motivated me to do my absolute BEST at this coaching thing. The high schoolers have worked SO well with the younger athletes. The high schoolers have been cheering on the younger ones, helping them with form, and modeling what it means to be an AWESOME Eagle Athlete! Even though I just became their coach, I have felt so PROUD to be a part of all this. Plus, the middle schoolers are so excited. They have been working so hard and been so motivated to do well! This kind of attitude is contagious.
In regard to my last post. I want to thank TrainingforSub3. It's weird that I took advice from a complete stranger, but I really kept thinking about what he said about having a back up plan, etc. So... I actually asked someone for help. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed with some of my projects, so for one of the only times in my life, I asked for help on it. The response was incredible. Relay for Life Team is now under control, but only b/c of the help from my assistant principal (and friend). When I asked her for help, I just told her that I was having trouble handling everything. She was, "Sure, why didn't you ask sooner?" Hhhmmm.... good question. LOL.
My training is plugging along. I got in 80 miles last week and who knows this week. I'm working on a day-by-day basis. Run strong, friends!