Sunday, August 19, 2012

Dam Tired.

Yesterday I finished my 2nd Half Marathon.  My mom, sister and I ran the Hobble Creek Half.  It was a really good experience for the most part.  The funnest part of the run was actually the nerve racking bus ride to the starting line.  Us three laughed at the stupidest jokes probably out of anxiety and sleep deprivation.  While on the bus Roxanne said, "I feel like I'm on my way to Hogwarts."  That or a concentration camp.  Yeah, we were deliriously tired.

Waiting to go to Hogwarts.
My biggest frustration of the race?  I charged my Ipod the night before and right as we were getting to the starting line I looked down and it had been on for hours!  The power bar had only the tiniest sliver of red leaving me with NO Nike Plus and even more importantly NO music.  It was so annoying having no idea how fast/slow my pace was.  After I got over feelings of anger/regret, I started listing Pros and Cons of running with or without music.


*Disclaimer, this portion is probably not worth reading.

Running With Music:
- I swear you don't remember you are running as often.
-I love to run to the beat of songs usually making my pace faster.  I don't want to sound cheesy, but I am.  A good beat can pump you up.
-I can't hear myself breathing... or panting.

Running Without Music:
-It was interesting/annoying to eavesdrop on other runner's convo.  From this I mainly learned that girls/women are annoying.  I know I am too, but really their conversations were... ugh.  I followed behind two older gentleman and one was a financial planner.  Danny would've have loved to jog behind them.
-I felt like I could enjoy Hobble Creek Canyon more.  I loved to hear the sounds of the creek and birds chirping.  The leaves are already starting to change up there and it was beautiful.
-I hate being able to hear other people breathe and their feet dragging, it makes me tired.

*You can start reading again.

I saved my splinter of Ipod energy for mile 12.  I can't believe how much it helped!  Even though it was a change to run with no music, I hope I never run another race without it.


The 3 Amigas

I feel like I kept a pretty good attitude throughout the race,  til' I read through mine and Rox's texting conversation.
(Don't mind the spelling errors)

  This was during the uphill portion around mile 9.5...
My hips started to feel like they were going to detach from my body.
I don't think I have had this unpleasant of a disposition since I was in labor waiting for the epidural to kick in.  Then around mile 11 my hips just went sort of numb. 
Numb is good, right?
Folks the numbness has definitely worn off and I am now walking like a 90 year old woman.  Can't imagine how awesome I'll look hobbling around at church today.

 Just like I predicted... A THREE WAY TIE FOR FIRST!!!
(Notice: This photo may have been posed)
Roxanne is insane and ran it COLD TURKEY!
Today she said, "Every single muscle in my body is sore."  She's crazy.
 Cher is an animal.  My hot 57 year old mom beat BOTH of her daughters!  She didn't walk even ONCE.  She's my idol.  Ricker, Danny and Pearl were at the finish line cheering us on.  I don't think I've ever been so happy to see my family! Icing on the cake, I was welcomed by a 100 oz of Diet Dr. Pepper... SWEET LOVE.
SO happy to see these two!
The little babe that was woken up and strapped into our jogging stroller every run of training.  It was weird running the race without her!  I was so happy to hug her cuddly little body still in her jammies at the finish line.

It was a really fun race, my mom is freaking awesome and ran it in 2:19!  I finished in 2:22.  People asked Cher, Rox and I what our goal time was and we replied, "To finish!"    It's odd that I wasn't even sore after our 11 mile run.  I'm not enjoying my sore hips and difficulty walking, but I do feel accomplished. I could have trained better for a faster time, but I didn't.  It was still a really good experience and I hope to make this half marathon a tradition.

If anyone needs me, I'll be relaxing in these babies. Cuz I'm Dam Tired.

9 comments:

chelsea said...

You girls are all my idols! You're so amazing. Not only did you run 13.1 but you looked pretty darn hot doing it. Cher is a rockstar! Seriously could she be any cooler? Love you guys!

Jamie said...

AWESOME! Rachel, you Smart ladies ROCK. I can not believe Rox did it cold turkey...what a cool girl. I am a little sad that Danny did not meet you at the finish line w a cold DMD? If i were you, I would never take your dam tired jammie pants off AGAIN!
GOOD JOB!

KFord.Squared said...

Hmm u r my hero! That is so great!! U look amazing! U will have to tell me ur training secrets!! Ps. Ur family is awesome to have Diet DP for u. Best family ever!

Janee said...

Congrats ladies! I hope I can still run half marathons when I am 57. Your mom is awesome!

Mindy said...

Love your jammie pants, they made me laugh, and what a perfect day to wear them! YOu guys are all awesome!

Mindy said...

Love your jammie pants, they made me laugh, and what a perfect day to wear them! YOu guys are all awesome!

Janeal said...

SHEESH. I ran a 5k a few months ago and totally wimped out. you're superwoman!

Alea said...

I want those jammas! Hahahaha. You guys are amazing. Way to go!!!

Rangi said...

Way to go! How fun and cheryl is awesome! -Sara

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