This race was going to be exciting for a few reasons. One, I'm doing well in the run/walk plan. Sometimes I have to vary this but all in all, it's all good. Because of this, I feel my body is getting stronger. Adjustments have been necessary since my birthday a year ago [yes, I said a YEAR ago]. Though I could lose some weight, I do believe a lot of it is age. My skin tone has changed as well as having little aches and pains in my joints. I fought adjustment for a long time but have begun embracing it; hence, I am a better runner and enjoying running again. It's been a while. I have learned to appreciate every day and that I am still healthy. It's all good!
I was better prepared for the race this year even though I could have used another month to train. Last year, I dehydrated about halfway through and had to resort to walking most of the last half of the race. And, I was totally running last year! It was SO hot and there weren't enough water stops!!! So this year, I brought water with me in case I needed it between the stops. Check. Looking forward to running this race again this week. Go, Sea Turtle!
At the packet pick-up the night before, I ran into a couple we know from Laurel. Gary and Anna were eating their pasta dinner. We talked for quite a while. It was so good to see them. They've recently bought a condo in the area so I expect to be seeing them more often at races.
A sweet friend was coming down to race this with me. As it turned out, several friends from where we use to live were here. Tim was doing his first half marathon. I was real excited for him. Guess I'll remember my first half and first full marathons better than any other race. The feeling of doing something so challenging is exhilarating. There's nothing like it. So in a way, I was reliving this with him. A quick pic with all three of us before the race.
Deleica, Tim & I
Deleica and I saw Moe the morning of the race. D learned of her when I shared about Moe having breast cancer. They have now become friends and have seen each other several times since at local races. I really like this pic of us. Longtime friends though we all don't see one another often.
Deleica, Moe & I
D shared with me that a couple more friends were coming down to run the race, too. I was surprised since they had done the Mercedes Full Marathon last week...and that's a tough one! Good to see you two. Getting in line to start...
Me, Ann, Penny & Deleica
The weather wasn't suppose to be in our favor. Storms throughout the night with thunderstorms through the morning. But, God was good and saw us through. There wasn't a drop of rain that fell, the skies were overcast and it was so much cooler than last year. NOT cool, mind you, but cool-ER than last year. To me, this was a blessing!! I was ready for it this time with my water bottle in my belt, ha!
The race went well though it was a little warm for the distance...to me. Crossing the line, we all got our medals. They were nice; I liked the design and colors.
We caught up with Tim. I believe it was harder than he expected...but he finished and that's a great accomplishment. I was thankful that his daughter, Laney, came out to run with him through the finish. She's so sweet. Congrats, Tim, on your first half. Looking forward to seeing you at more. Yes, he said he was interested in doing another...yay!! That means, success!
Folks, you should never take for granted the half marathon distance. It's a long way and many, many never attempt one. So many factors come into play that never would in shorter races. Crossing the line is indeed something to be proud of.
A large group of my Sole Sisters were there doing the Sweetheart 5k. I just love the SS shirts. Unfortunately, mine was always a little small and the dryer made sure that I'd never wear it again. Missed having my friend, Susan, run the half with me this year. We did it last year. Guess the heat done her in...maybe she'll do another one.
Tonya, Lin, Bama Ann, Pat, Linda, Susan & Auburn Ann
Another shot from the pocket. Yeah, when I got home and checked my pics I had MANY that were taken because the shutter kept clicking in my pocket! I did get a good one even if it was by accident, ha! Here you go, Linda.
Linda & Auburn Ann
As I was crossing the line, I saw my friend, Buck. I was so excited to have someone cheering me in. Kent wasn't able to come so I was alone...per se. Yes, he was waiting for ME! Thank you so much, friend! He won in his age group. Congrats!
Just before this, he came up to me and told me that I had won in my age group. I was so excited! NEVER did I think that would happen so I never even checked. From mile 9 on I had to change up my program and do a little more walking so I figured any chance of winning blew away. Well, here you go. I'm a proud owner of this 2nd place award cup.
I can't believe I am running in half marathons again. This is so exciting to me. I am thankful for the Run The Beach Series or I probably wouldn't be doing them. In the short amount of time of 2017, two half's have been completed...plus a 15k. Maybe I need this commitment to keep me going. Do what motivates you. Do what you can...it's all good!
Well, here we go again. Wind! But before you think I'm going to complain, let me say that shortly after starting the race and getting away from the water, the wind and temperature wasn't so bad. The only thing about the wind in this race was the 32 degree wind chill. Yikes! And, guess who forgot her gloves...yep! I think I'm going to pack a diddy bag with things I "might" need so I won't forget them or overthink it and just plain out not take them nearly always making the wrong decision. For instance, gloves, ear muffs, knee straps, etc.
Most everyone stood behind the wall of the stadium that guarded them from the wind. Thank goodness for that wall. For several years now, we all find ourselves either huddled up against it or staying in the ladies room as long as you can without seeming like you're taking up space someone else should have. It's so nice and warm in there. Thank goodness for that huge bathroom!
As time neared for the race to start hardly anyone was moving out to the corrals. It wasn't until about 5 minutes before it started did people begin to move. Once there, I found a couple of ladies that seem to be friends standing close by. They were taller than me so I "casually" huddled close by and let them buffer the wind from me. The day was gorgeous. I love how you can see the sun rise from the starting line.
Off we go...further away from the water. Because we had stood so long outside my hands were frozen. As a matter of fact, right after starting it dawned on me that I couldn't feel them. Oh, where are my gloves!!! At home snuggled in its usual place in a WARM room. I began moving my hands around and I still couldn't feel them and began feeling pain where they use to be. Getting a little alarmed, I began shaking them. It hurt at first but then I realized that if I didn't get circulation moving soon, it would be worse because we were headed for the 3-mile bridge soon, which means subjection to the wind again. Shake, shake, shake...oh, am I running?? I don't even know. My goal had changed...at least, for now. I just got to get my hands moving to prevent frost bite. Yes, I really thought that! After several minutes, I began go get some feeling back in them. I was at the park and could see the water in the distance. To me, that means the race is starting when you get alongside the water.
I love this race. To get to run with water all around and the challenge those hilly bridges always present to me. I just love to run over bridges. The water is just so beautiful and I never think about running because I love to see God's beauty. It's different every time.
As we head to the bridge, I realized I didn't feel the wind any more. Guess moving interior, focusing on getting warm and looking at such beauty helped that. When we began the climb, I felt the wind on my back. It actually pushed you along. It was great!! What a difference to have a tail wind as opposed to the horrible head winds in the last race. Don't think I've ever had wind that helped you along as long as that. I ran about 3 miles!! It felt so good.
All in all, I was so pleased with the race. I continued to do my run/walk plan after the wind-push. I've never placed in this race and I am very okay with that. There are SO many people in it. My time was 1:43:59 with an 11:07 pace. Of course, not my best but getting back on my feet again. I'll take it! One step at a time...I didn't give up nor quit. That spells success!
Coming up in two weeks is the Sea Turtle Half Marathon in Gulf Shores. This is the second half in my 3-part series of the Run The Beach Series. It's good to be alive and well. Now, go
11-30-13...Stennis 5k 11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k 11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's] 10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k 09-22-13...Talladega Half 07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles 06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k 05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k 04-20-13..Warrior Dash 04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola 03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k 03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k 02-24-13...NOLA Marathon 02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola 01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's
3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!
12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k 11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k 11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k 10-27-12...Jazz Half 10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k 10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k 09-29-12...5k For Katlyn 07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile 04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis] 04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k 03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k 03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis] 02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k 02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k 02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k 01-14-12...Pensacola Half
1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment
11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon
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