Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hey – Brett Michaels is waiting for you

Best sign of the day. I saw this girl 3 times on the course and each time it made me smile. Because I’m pretty sure Brett Michaels was waiting for me.

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Awww but I digress…

Let’s get to the actual race – Dallas Rock N Roll Half Marathon.
My dad came down for this one again. We did it together last year too. Together meaning we hung out. Not meaning we ran together. I couldn’t keep up with him on his worst day. We went to the EXPO on Saturday. The layout was much better this year. Things were spread out and easy to maneuver. I love RnR EXPOs and this one was no exception. I do wish they gave you gender specific tech shirts (although I believe this will be happening sometime in 2011) and a finisher shirt. It’s the finisher shirts that really mean something. But again I digress…

The Race - We stayed in downtown Dallas Saturday night so getting to the start was super easy. We were only a block away. I was in corral 7 (right in the middle) and crossed the starting line at about 8:10. Pretty quick for an event this size. The course was the same as last year. It goes thru some of the most beautiful parts of Dallas and I absolutely love it. In fact, it may be one of my favorite courses so far. The water stations were fabulous. But my experience is that water stations at all RnR events are well managed. There never seems to be a shortage of anything and they go on forever. The finish line was super easy as well. I know they had some complaints last year when the shoot started as you entered Fair Park. At that point you still have almost 2 miles to go before the actual finish. That’s a pretty long KICK. But this time we just had traffic cones directing our way and the shoot started at a normal distance. My only complaint is that they wasn’t a ton of room for spectators at the finish. I know it is hard to keep the area clear for runners and medics and still have room for the spectators. But I hope they find a middle ground next year. The Finishers village was well laid out. The family meeting area and bag check was a breeze. If only all races were this well done.

My race - I had mixed feelings about this race. My last 3 were not that great and I wanted to do well with this one. But because of those not so good previous races I also didn’t want to set myself up for failure. I had a super secret goal in mind and prayed all went well.

Miles 1 – 8 are uphill. It was a slow and steady incline. I ran those with Dianna. We didn’t say more than 2 words to each other but it was nice to have someone by my side. I saw Jeff and Mom at mile 8. Dianna handed her heart monitor over to Jeff and we lost each other at that point. Miles 9 – 13.1 are downhill. Again, a slow and steady decline. I stayed extremely consistent those first 8 miles because I knew I could pick it up the last 5. If I played my cards right then I might actually have a negative spilt. And I did. I’m still in shock just how good I felt the entire race. I was just breezing through the miles like they were nothing. My goal was 2:10 (which would have been a PR). My official time 2:08:36. And I am pretty flippin proud of myself.

Althooough, I had a lot left in me when I finished. I’m pretty sure I could have done a 2:05 if I would have pushed just a little bit harder. Oh but am I ever satisfied?

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I think I was dancing a jig.

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Dad ran a 1:41:46. Pretty amazing.

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My biggest fan.

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And of course Brett.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Race Week

It's race week. My last race of the season - Dallas Rock N Roll Half.

And I will not sign up for another race. I will not sign up for another race. I will NOT sign up for another race.

Better make this one count.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Not a great day but…

Cowtown Half Marathon 2011

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I think going into this one I secretly wanted some vindication for last weekends performance in Austin. Oh but it wasn’t to be. In fact, now I need vindication for this on as well. (If you were sitting in my office right then, you would have heard an audible sigh.)

I don’t really have a reason for it. No excuses. It was just a bad day. My heart wasn’t in it. So I will just talk about the race itself. I love Ft. Worth. It’s a big city with such a small town feel. Parking was a breeze. And tons available that was free and not 5 miles away. The start was easy. The corrals moved smoothly. The course wasn’t that pretty but we did run through the stockyards so that was fun. It just seemed to be extremely well organized. After you crossed the finish line you got your medal then were directed into another building. There was a little bit of a line but nothing bad. At that point, you were given a plastic bag and sent down an assembly line where volunteers stuffed food items. Yogurt, bananas, crackers, packages of donuts, oranges, water, Poweraide, and more. It was genius. How many times have you wanted the food but didn’t have the strength or free hands to lug it around. Seriously, loved that we got a bag to carry it all in. Then the finisher shirts were in another building. Again, small line but nothing horrible. Such an easy morning. I mean, except for the running part.

BUT I did fill the empty hook on my new super cool medal display that I bought at the Austin Expo last weekend. It was a birthday present to myself and I have to say it was the perfect gift. The hook was only empty for a week but it was seriously taunting me. I couldn’t have made it a day longer.

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