Before I get into the races, I have to say a huge thank you to Mizuno and the Runner’s World Challenge program for this amazing opportunity. This past weekend was just the start of a crazy couple of weeks of racing and traveling over here and none of it would be possible without them.
Well, well, well.
I survived my second Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival hat trick. Barely. Ha.
Dang it felt good to be done earlier today. It was a little rough this year.
Let’s do a quick little recap, shall we?
The Hat Trick is the combination of the 5K, 10K and the half marathon over two days.
Last year was the very first year the event was put on. I was honored to be a part of it and well, now that I got to do it last year and this year, I’m pretty sure they’re stuck with me. I’m determined to get here every year to do it. Next year I’m bringing the family. They just don’t know it yet.
Saturday morning at 8:00 am was the 5K.
Like I said before, Janae wanted to take it easy so we decided to run together.
Her easy is my speed work. A nice easy jog for her.
A sucking air kind of run for me.
Yikes. I managed to keep up though.
We finished in 21:20.
4th in my age group out of 197 (only because of my speedy friend).
We had about an hour or so to try (key word is “try”) to get warm inside before the 10K.
Before we knew it we were pushing our way up to the start line with about 1 minute to spare.
We said we were going to take this one a little easier. We did. Mizuno Seth sped by us at about mile 1. That guy is fast. I could barely get a quick picture.
Going a bit slower (still darn fast for me) paid off because as I said in my last post, we got to run with our new BF.
Yep, Summer Sanders.
We all crossed the finish line together. Our time was 45:17.
Crossing the finish line together was really awesome.
These two races were the first races I’d ever run with someone. I’m usually all by myself listening to music, etc.
I may have to change my ways though because it was so much fun running with someone, especially Janae. Not only did she make me go faster than I would have, but she is just the most amazing person and friend. I really can’t say enough good things about her.
I don’t know about you, but after races I pretty much have to take pictures with anyone and everyone so here’s a little finish line photo dump of all the amazing runners who raced.
My super speedy fellow Mizuno loving friend Sarah. Seriously, she is the marathon running queen and she’s amazing. She also wore some cool shorts (Mizuno Maverick shorts). He he.
My Golden Gate Relay friends, Lauren and Scott.
I know, right? Lauren can photo bomb pretty well.
Stephanie, another friend from the Golden Gate relay.
Some of the blogging crew.
And more of the blogging crew with Runner’s World editor-in-chief, David Willey.
And, well, you know, the famous Seth Mizuno! again. He’s a legend so I had to get as many pictures with him as possible.
The cute Runner’s World gals were passing out medals.
That’s Lindsay there on the left. I totally owe her some cookies since she gave me a ride after the BBQ and kept my jacket for me while I ran. Don’t worry Lindsay, I’ve got you covered.
Oh and with the amazing Beachy and David Tratner duo who led this whole blogger event. They are one heck of a great team.
They’ve got it going on and sure know how to put on an amazing event and take care of bloggers (and crashers).
Laura who not only came to visit me the night before, but also gave my a ride after the race. She did the hat trick too and rocked it.
She also has chickens and is a fellow Runner’s World Challenge friend. She’s awesome.
Before we headed out for the day, I took it upon myself to teach Janae a thing or two.
Ha ha. Kidding.
Just so you know though, those boxes were given to us and we did not fill them up. They just made things easier to carry. I did make sure to get a few belVita biscuits in there though since Mom reminded me before I left for the trip that she really likes those “breakfast biscuits”.
Oh and yeah, the finish line is the same for all three races and is one of the best ever. You run down a pretty long gauntlet type thing and then end up by these amazing Steel Stacks and old buildings.
It’s pretty much just darn beautiful everywhere there.
Day one was done and the combination of my 5K and 10K times were just a little bit better than last year.
This morning was the half marathon, the last race to complete the hat trick. I’m not going to lie, when I woke up I was seriously contemplating running in my pajamas. I was pooped. I decided against it, thank goodness, got a little breakfast and some strong coffee at the hotel and then made the long walk to the starting line.
I spotted Steve, Natasha and Michael who had given me a ride to my hotel (and some delicious pecans) the night before.
I met the same lovely ladies.
Again, their easy pace is my fast. I need to realize I’m not young and light on my feet anymore. Wait, was I ever? Ha ha.
We stayed together for a bit. (Yes, I’m over there on the right.)
(Thank you Sarah for the pictures.)
I was feeling pretty good. I thought to myself, heck, I got a 1:30 last year, I should probably try to bring it. I tried to for a little while.
Up until about here.
(Thanks again Sarah for the action shots.)
Yep, right about mile 9 it hit me.
My quads got so darn tight, which was weird because that rarely happens. I just got tired. Really tired. My feet felt heavy. My toes started tingling. I started losing steam.
A lot of things went through my head at that point.
I thought no matter how bad I feel at the end of the race, I will be home to see my boys within the next 12 hours.
I thought about how my training and passion for running has inconvenienced pretty much every single one of my family members so I better have something to show for it.
I thought about how lucky I was that I was running again after the whole hip dysplasia thing.
But, I still slowed down.
Before I knew it these darn speedy ladies were with me again. Janae flew by with about 3/4 of a mile to go. She tried to get me to speed up. She told me to do it for my boys. She told me I’d done things that were harder than this before. She was right, but my legs just did not want to go any faster.
Sarah and Seth Mizuno sprinted by right before the finish line too. They were hauling.
I pretty much got passed by a lot of people the last mile.
I trotted my last few steps over that line. Dang the last few miles were tough for me, both physically and mentally. I felt a little beat up. I guess you always feel a little beat up at the end of a race, but I felt it more so today that’s for sure.
That’s okay. I finished.
We made it.
And look who we found again at the finish line.
See, we are BFs.
With this Mizuno guy too I guess.
Finish time was 1:35:06. 3rd in my age group. Almost 5 minutes slower than last year.
We didn’t stick around for awards because I didn’t think I placed at all. I’m kind of kicking myself now as it would have been so awesome being on that stage again getting an award from the man Bart Yasso. Darn it.
Oh well. I made my way to the VIP breakfast. Not to eat, I wasn’t VIP, but to get a quick picture with my belVita buddy Scott from the Golden Gate Relay and to get my jacket (that these two nice ladies had to help me put on because my hands were still so cold).
Not a bad view from the VIP room, huh?
We got a couple last group shots before we all said our good byes. We’re bloggers, that’s what we do.
And on my way back to the hotel I saw one of the best signs ever.
Where was that motivation when I needed it?
Oaky, well, that’s a wrap on the races. If you ever get the chance to run it, you really should. They’re taking the event to Boston for the Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival in June 2014. You better believe I’m going to try to figure out a way to get there.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.