|Tonya and I, running buddies!|
I ran Hippie Chick in 2010 and then again last weekend. It has grown from about 600 women to nearly 2000 women in the last two years. Amazing!
|Me, Raelee (daughter) and my Mom Donita|
|Raele, Me, Mom, Teresa, and Tonya|
|At the start of the race!|
The gun went off, Tonya Raelee and I all started together. Mom and Teresa were behind us somewhere walking. I was feeling good but a little worried about how warm it was. At the Luna mile there were cheerleaders, a band and some port-a-potties. Luna had a table with snacks and water but we were only one mile in...I didn't want to stop for anything yet. Raelee had to stop for something for a second so Tonya and I ran ahead. Raelee seemed to be fine and I was hoping she would just catch back up with us.
Mile four finally came and this is where I remember it starting to get hard. I think this is when the heat set in. We were also in farm country. The last month I have had great problems breathing on my runs due to allergy season (not fun). It was a beautiful course but full of pollen. I put my ear bud in and tried to get in my run zone. Tonya and I ran together in silence. Usually we talk, and talk a lot. Mile four I didn't want to talk to anyone. At mile six Tonya told me our pace (I forgot my Garmin). "9:03" she say's. This should of been very good news to me, since my "goal" today was a 9:09 pace, but for some reason it sent me into a panic. It was very odd. Tonya could see it in me and asked if I was okay. I told her, "yes I'm okay, we our above pace, I'm fine." She new better, but really what could she do for me? LOL we still had to keep going. I should of been fine, but I was scared. Not even half way, I'm burning up and I can't breath...how am I going to last?
I told Tonya around this time I may need her to go ahead. I started to slip back and give myself a break, hoping to catch back up in a few miles. Well, it only got warmer and warmer. My body seemed to be really upset at me and was not preforming like it I wanted it too! My stomach had hurt the whole race and was not getting any better. Not sure why, maybe because I hadn't eaten in four hours, stress? Who knows!
I am currently training for Newport Marathon in June 2012. Training this year has been incredibly awesome. My runs have gone better then they ever have, no injuries or terrible running walls. Bad runs, yes...but nothing like the last two Marathons. I really thought this half marathon (13.1 miles) was going to be an easy PR (personal record) for me since Marathon training was going well. The problem is, Newport is only three weeks away so I am in some heavy mileage. With heavy mileage the body gets tired, and you never now when that's going to hit. Also, today (Hippie Chick day) I am scheduled for a 23 mile run. This means after the half, I have to go back out on the course for another 10 miles....oh joy!
|Marlee at the finish!|
I found myself mentally loosing it out in the middle of a half marathon and I knew exactly what was happening to me and it made me upset. I kept going. I finally got close to the turn-a-round so I started watching for people I knew for something to do. I saw my friend Valerie go by. She didn't see me but I was excited to see someone familiar! I soon saw Tonya and then Raelee. I was so happy to see Raelee and know she was still going strong. After this I really started loosing it.
My friend from Sutherlin came up behind me, Marlee? Yes, it was Marlee. By this time I was really upset. This was Marlee's very first half marathon and I could see she was in her moment and doing well. I was not in my moment and told her how terrible this was and how terrible I felt and boo hoo for me! Thankfully my boo hooing didn't get her down and she kept going and finished very strong. Proud of you Marlee!
At mile ten I did something I have NEVER done before while in a race. I text Jerry! My message read, "I can't do this, please come run with me" I had told him not to do this because it is a women's race and I didn't want women yelling, "Man on the course!" Well, I needed him! He texted me right back and told me he was coming.
I must of looked rather bad at this point, someone asked if I was okay? I just said "yes, I'm looking for my daughter...then started crying. I'm telling you, I was a MESS! It wasn't my proudest moment. I was looking for Raelee, couldn't find her. Was worried she was a mess just like me! Finally about mile 11.5
I see Jerry coming towards me. I started crying almost hysterical. I really felt bad for him. He said, "Julie...you need to calm down." I was just so happy he came to me out in this massive group of women. I was now okay for the moment, I ask him to go find Raelee and make sure she was okay. I was worried about dehydration. At first he was like, are you sure your okay? I told him to go and off he went to find Raelee. I ran on to finish this stupid thing I had started.
Since we had ten more training miles to go, we went out again to find our Mom's. Ladies kept saying, "your going the wrong way." At first we would say, "we are training for a marathon so we have to go more miles." Ladies didn't really seemed to like or get that, so we started saying, "we are looking for our Mom's" All the ladies LOVED this answer. It was funny! We meet our Mom's, gave them some encouragement and kept going. We finally came to a guy on a bike behind the walkers. We knew this was the end. We were soooo tired and nauseated by this time we turned around and just did seven.
Our 23 miles training run, ended at 20, but somehow we were both ok with that for today. Normally that wouldn't be okay with either one of us. I felt so sick by this time, 3 more mile felt like it would of killed me off.
|Valerie and Angela|
|Cindy and Jo|
Now, I could be very upset that my half didn't go "as planned" but I'm ok. I realize that I am in "marathon" training and so my body isn't going to perform at a half marathon pace on a hot, allergy season day. Also, I just had a bad run and it happens to everyone. I was with my family and friends and as hard and terrible as it was, somehow it was fun. I never once thought about quitting. I didn't overdo it so I wasn't sore and miserable the next day.
|Angela and her Mom Cindy|
"... run with patience
the race that is
set before us ..."
the race that is
set before us ..."
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize...
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
New International Version (NIV)