Day in the Life: Half Marathon Relay

Hey there! I’m super excited to be back to making videos and I’m especially excited to be sharing a race recap today!

For those who just want the stats Adam and I (aka Team Cecil’s Parents) ran an official time of 2:52 on what I would call a brutally hot and humid day. Adam ran just under 6 miles and I ran just under 7.5 miles.Β I’m honestly so happy with our paces given the conditions of the day. I saw a few runners on the side of the road getting IVs which was scary to see.

One guy looked totally lifeless as paramedics tended to him, I hope he’s feeling better now. As runners we always want to push and get the best out of ourselves on race day, but some days we can make adjustments to the race plan given the conditions and still get the best out of ourselves.

I ended up slowing way down and taking walking breaks in the last two miles because I started getting goosebumps even though it was 80 degrees and sunny. On a cooler, less humid day I think I would have crushed my goal for the day. More on that in the video!

More than anything this run made me so excited for the Miami Half Marathon in January which is my key race for the season. Prior to this relay I had no idea what I should make my goal. It’s been a long time since I’ve put in a proper effort during a long run and I didn’t even really know what I was capable of. I get into all the details about that in the video.

Basically I just want to put it out into the universe that next year I am going to finally PR again in the half marathon. I just feel it!!!!

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  1. November 12, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Congrats on the race! Did Adam feel motivated to do another? I have also seen races where there were runners down due to heat exhaustion. It’s scary!!

    • Kristina
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      November 13, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thank you! Adam does not like distance running. He enjoys running a mile a couple times per week but it’s a big effort for him to do a race like this. The last time he ran this much was when he did Tough Mudder back in like 2013! He said he doesn’t plan to keep up his training but he did agree to do the relay with me again next year so we can try and beat our time! πŸ™‚ He said he did like running the last bit together at the end and crossing the finish line together!

      • Kristina
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        November 13, 2018 / 8:20 am

        Oh yeah so scary! This one guy was flopped against a wall and his head was drooped down as if his neck was too weak to support his head and his eyes were rolled back. I only saw him for a few seconds as I was running past him but he did not look in good shape. Two paramedics were tending to him luckily!

  2. November 14, 2018 / 3:18 am

    Man, I try not to judge people but I cannot imagine letting myself get to the point where I am lifeless and need IVs. I feel like I know my body well enough that there would be plenty of warning signs before that would happen… I’ve run in extremely hot and humid temps and I agree you have to change your plan. If it’s dangerous out, I don’t venture more than a half mile from my house in case I need to bail, and of course I always have my phone.

    • Kristina
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      November 14, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      Oh yeah I agree! The change in weather did feel like it happened pretty fast. Like one minute the sun was still barely rising and it felt great, the next minute the sun was high enough that it was beating down. For me within a half mile my pace slowed by almost 2 minutes per mile, but that’s because I recognized that I was overheating. It was so freaking hot and humid. I’ve never dumped water on my head but I did twice during this race because I could feel I needed it.

      I think a lot of time as runners we tell ourselves to push through, be strong, fight for it, go for your goal even if the conditions aren’t ideal … when in reality there are times when the first thing you need to do is just be smart.

      The one guy I saw whose eyes were rolling back into his head was a real surprise to me. He looked really in shape. I know what you look like isn’t always indicative of how fast you can run, but I would have guessed he would have finished well before me and I saw him when I was in Mile 11 of the course. I wondered if he came from out of town and just didn’t realize how much heat/humidity can affect the body because he looked in pretty bad shape.

      • November 14, 2018 / 3:11 pm

        Yeah and you would assume someone in good shape my have some experience at races and would know to listen to their bodies! Though like you said he could have been out of town.