If we’re friends on Instagram (@KristinaRunning) then you already know I had a tough time at the Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon yesterday.
I just barely made it to packet pick-up on Friday evening. I think the running shop locked the doors right after I walked in. Maybe I should have taken that as an omen!
^ I really like this year’s technical tee. I love that it incorporates the little towers that the lifeguards hang out in on our beach. I may actually wear this one!
Saturday night I laid out all of my gear and got into bed around 10pm. That’s actually later than I normally like to go to bed before a race, but I stupidly took a 2.5 hour nap in the afternoon and I just wasn’t tired! Oops!
My alarm went off at 4:25am and I had a couple of pieces of toast, a coffee and a glass of water. I headed out the door at 5:50am and walked over to the starting line << a nice benefit of racing in Fort Lauderdale!
I planned to just take it easy during this race and use it as a training run. I figured I would finish in about 3:10 (or less).
Well, I was served a giant piece of humble pie! My official finishing time was 3:23 on the dot, although I ended up running 13.3 instead of 13.1. My Garmin said I hit 13.1 miles at 3:17. I’m absolutely terrible at running tangents and I often weave in and out of people at the start of races.
From mile two onward I knew I was in for a bad race. It was 80 degrees at the start and my stomach just did not want Gatorade at all. Every time I grabbed a cup at the aid station I would feel gas building up in my chest but it would take me forever to burp which felt super uncomfortable. When I took Gu with Gatorade I actually threw up a little. Sorry for the TMI but I know my fellow runners will understand the gross things that sometimes happen to us!
Mile 1: Yay, it’s race day!
Mile 2 – 6: Oh man, this isn’t going well at all. Stomach please calm down.
Mile 7 – 10: Oh F. I’m going to do 1:1 run/walk intervals.
Mile 11 – 13: It’ll all be over soon!
It turns out even a really good Taylor Swift + Britney Spears playlist cannot always keep you on pace – even what you consider your easy pace!
We had a really windy morning here too. I could tell it was bad but later another runner told me that there were gusts up to 23 mph – and we ran into the wind way more than it was at our backs.
When the finish line finally came into sight I felt total relief. I made it! After my disappointing DNF in Chicago crossing a finish line felt really good even if my time was 20+ minutes slower than the PR I just set in January! Sigh. There is work to be done.
Can I give just one more excuse?
I haven’t run a double digit long run since September and I haven’t really done any speedwork since then either thanks to my injury. Considering my only two “long runs” were 9 miles in Chicago and then 8 miles last weekend, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised that I finished with one of my worst half marathon times ever.
There is no point in wallowing in self pity though because what’s done is done and now it’s time to move on to greener pastures!
I’m looking on the bright side and feel sure that this one bad race means I have several good ones in my future!
This race laid the foundation for my upcoming training cycle. I have three months to get back into racing shape and to go after a half marathon PR in February. I have no doubt that I can make it happen, but it’s clearly going to take more work than I thought! That’s okay though, I’m not scared of a little hard work!
…. And even though this was a slow race even by my standards it still counts as race #1 in the Florida Storm Series! 🙂
How was your weekend? Did you race? Did your football team win? 🙂