Monday, February 25, 2013

Race Recap: TriCities 1/2 Marathon

Friday after work I still had no idea what I was going to wear on race day. The weather reports were not looking great for the TriCities, with high wind warnings in effect. I finally decided on my outfit and carefully laid it out.



Brooks: Pure Connects, Seamless Arm Warmers, Infiniti Tights, Versatile Bra, Nightlife Equilibrium LS, D'Lite Mesh Tank , Infiniti Headband
Nuun: Podium Headsweats Hat, Grape Nuun
Garmin: Forerunner 610
Throwaway gloves: Not Pictured
Honey Stinger: Ginsting & Vanilla
Amphipod Belt

I was in bed and sound asleep by 8 pm. I had a feeling that my 4 am wake up call was going to be brutal.



We left our house a little after 5 am. Since the TriCities is about 2 hours south I figured I would have plenty of time to locate the start and get my bib #. I was told by the race director since I was driving down day of I needed to pick up my bib no later than 7:20 am. We got to the start at 7:22 so I pulled over on the side street and ran over to get my bib while Mr. Healthy Diva found some parking. I got back to the car and put on my running shoes (did you really think I was going to run in my Ugg slippers?) and my gloves so that I could warm up. It was windy and it was really cold! My legs felt okay, but definitely not refreshed. The joys of marathon training. J
I ran around for a little over a mile and came back, inhaled a vanilla Honey Stinger waffle, drank some grape Nuun and then stretched myself out. With about 5 minutes to spare I pinned on my # and grabbed my amphipod belt and ran over to the start. Perfect timing!
The plan for the day was to start out at an 8:00 min mile, then a 7:45 for the second mile. The rest of the race plan was to try and stay as close to MP as possible. The course was an out & back which I generally like if there isn’t a high wind running in effect.
Miles 1-3 went by pretty fast. I kept telling myself to slow down that this wasn’t a race for me, but a TRAINING RUN. I knew that coming back was going to be tough since I would be running into the wind. I wanted to be as conservative as possible so that I didn’t tank against the wind.
7:53
7:46
7:36

Miles 4-6.55 got a little tough. At mile 4 we took a turn and were soon running against the wind. Two miles running in 40 MPH gusts were not fun. Especially when I still had half the race left to run! I ran with a group of guys for a while. They must have noticed me sticking to them like glue because they said I should be wearing one of their running club t-shirts. At about mile 5.75 I started to pull away from them. I had my sights set on a girl about 500 meters ahead of me. She was an easy target because she was wearing all black. As I was getting closer to the turnaround point I noticed my car parked on the side street and then I saw Mr. Healthy Diva with my cheering section- Tia Bean & Maisy Moo! As I went running by the girls got all excited, but then seemed confused because I didn’t stop to pet them. I was really thankful to hit the turn around to have the wind at my back for a while.
7:34
7:35
7:51 (stupid wind!)

Sucking massive wind here. About 600 meters from the turn around


Maisy & Tia were so excited to see me. I think that they were a little confused because I didn't stop to give them kisses. I was just thrilled to have the wind at my back!

Miles 7-10 I finally caught up and passed the girl in black about mile 8. I was also passing a lot of men at this point (sorry guys!). I knew that they probably pushed it too hard going into the half way point. I was proud of myself for being smart! Between miles 9 & 10 there was a slight uphill through a neighborhood. There were quite a few people standing out in their driveways sipping coffee and cheering. I really wanted their coffee! Right around mile 10 is where we turned back towards the start and had to run against the wind again. We were running out in the open so the wind was hitting me hard. It didn’t feel good at all.
7:28
7:33
7:46 (uphill!)
7:39

Miles 11-13 were WINDY! I knew that everyone else was dealing with it too so I just sucked up knowing that I was almost finished. I ran with another group of guys before pulling away from them in mile 13.
7:41
7:40
7:29

I totally passed him with about 25 meters to go. #BeastMode

Mile 0.16 I kicked it up knowing that I was almost finished. I saw my cheering section again and had my eyes on one last guy I wanted to pass. He was about 100 meters in front of me, but I dug deep and passed him less than 25 meters from the finish line.


I know that this might sound super cheesy, but I almost started bawling as I crossed the finish line. I felt an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment when I saw the finish line. For those of you that have been following my blog over the last year, you will know that it has not been easy. I missed out on about 5 races (including my fall marathon AND Ragnar with Nuun) that I registered for and the entire summer of training. I had to learn how to run all over again. It was hard. I cried more times than I can count, but I did it. The hard work + dedication (or stubbornness) was well worth it. I still don't feel 100% and I still have a lot of work to get back to where I was, but I am making great strides. The light is at the end of the tunnel, I can finally see it!




I knew from the amount of female runners I counted at the turnaround that I was easily in the top 10 overall, but I was really surprised/ecstatic to win my AG. I was not expecting that at all! Made the early wake up call and long drive well worth it!


The negatives:
Obviously the wind was awful, but you can’t predict the weather.

I emailed the race director at the beginning of January since I didn’t see any information on the race website about day of bib # pick up. I wasn’t going to register if I couldn’t drive down morning of. He emailed me back saying I could pick up my bib # morning of. The week of the race every email (they sent out an annoying amount of emails!) they sent out said ABSOLUTELY NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP- NO EXCEPTIONS. Um, okay. I went through my email to find my email correspondence to the director and emailed him asking if I could no longer pick up my bib # the morning of. I told him I never would have registered if I couldn’t and if this had changed I wanted a refund. He emailed me back saying that he was making an exception for me, but I had to pick up my bib # no later than 7:20. Fine, fair enough. THEN, at 6:00 pm the night before the race I get another annoying email from the race saying that “due to the overwhelming interest in the TriCities Half Marathon, race day registration AND packet pick up were being offered.” SERIOUSLY?!

I generally don’t care about race t-shirts, but when I went to get my packet they informed me that they given away all the tech shirts away at the expo the night before. They only had XL tech shirts left. EVEN though I had no option, but to pay for one in my registration fee. That irked me. They had a small, hideous, neon yellow cotton t-shirt so I took that.

The positives:
The race start was easy to find and there was plenty of free parking.

Race started on time and was a great course. I would run this race again if I lived closer and didn’t have to drive down day of. The course was well marked and all intersections had police holding back traffic. Even with over 400 runners on the out and back, the course wasn’t crowded.

If you partake in post race food/snacks there was a lot to go around. I just had bottled water, but I noticed bottles of powerade, Cliff bars, bananas, cookies and other goodies.

The race volunteers were awesome and there were plenty of aid stations.

--Tasha

41 comments:

  1. YOU ARE SO FAST!!! Congrats, you dominate! And I would have been sooo pissed about that tshirt situation....

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Got to get ready for Spokane to Sandpoint. :-)
      I was super irritated about the shirt just because I had to pay for one, but whatever. They didn't seem super organized so I wasn't going to say anything. If they ask for feedback I will mention it. The cotton shirt is so freaking ugly. I am making a t-shirt quilt and I don't even want to put it on...it is that ugly.

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  2. Crazy fast, woman!!! I can't even wrap my head around your pace :)

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    1. Thanks Melissa! You had a fun half marathon too over the weekend. At least you got to buy some cool pink socks at the expo. I want a pair of those bad!

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  3. What an accomplishment!! And you are one speedy lady--passing dudes and everything. Way to go girl!!

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    1. Thanks Kate. I love passing the guys, lol. :-)

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  4. You are amazing! Congrats on a great race! I love reading about you passing the dudes and the end!

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    1. Thank you Cecilia! I think passing the guy at the end made my day. :-)

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  5. Great race!!! Speedy run - and way to 'chick' some guys. Always feels so good ;) Congrats on the AG win!

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    1. Thank you Elise! It does feel good to chick some guys. :-)

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  6. Oh. My. Gawwwwd, I am so incredibly proud of you!! I absolutely know exactly how you feel ... my foot from Hell injury cost me countless races I registered for and couldn't run in those two years; I fully understand. I am beaming with a huge smile for you girl, you NAILED it! Hooray! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jill. I know that you and I can relate on the awful injury topic. Thank you for being so supportive and encouraging to me!

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  7. I am so happy on your behalf that you ran this race and that it went well (aside from those pick up hassles) - I hope it goes some way to balancing out last year and giving you the confidence to keep going towards your marathon :) Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Kari! I am looking forward to the marathon, just wish that it wasn't still 12 weeks away. That seems like a lifetime.

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  8. Aww, what a great race Tasha! Your pace is amazing! Sorry you had some issues with the bib, but I'm so glad that you finished well and had a great run. :)

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    1. Thanks Brandi. It was a good run and worth the trip and the hassles. :-)

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  9. Why do you usually like out-and-backs???

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    1. I don't love them over looped courses per say, but in some cases it is just nice to know where exactly you are running when you aren't familiar with the area. :-)

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  10. HECK YES, TASHA! Comeback mode is on! It sounds like it was worth all the drama <3

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    1. Thanks Krissy! In the end the drama was totally worth it. I needed to know I could do it. It was a good ice breaker for me.

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  11. You are more than back!! Way to go- amazing race in tough conditions. You are going to rock 2013 and your marathon!! Xox

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    1. Thanks Erika you are so sweet. Thank you for inspiring me and being so encouraging. You are the best! XOXO

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  12. Congratulations, I cried with you when I was reading your recap. I remember that feeling at Eugene last year for me. Different reasons but still so overwhelming and I hold onto the hope of that feeling for when I can finally race again! So excited for you Tasha! You really are an amazing person

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    1. Oh Marnee, thank you. You are so sweet. I remember you telling me how you felt after Eugene in the finish area. I felt so similar on Saturday. It was surreal. Thank you for being so encouraging to me. I am so lucky to have you in my life. XXX

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  13. SO SO SO beyond proud of you! After all that you have gone through, I am so happy that you kicked this race's bootay! The pace sounds awesome and I can't wait to see how the rest of your races go! PS Thank goodness you got your bib! :) Congrats!

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    1. Thanks Nikki!!! I am so ecstatic and ready to tackle the rest of 2013 head on. :-)

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  14. I am almost in tears for you reading this. After such a hard battle after Eugene to get running "right", you are right back at it and winning age groups in half marathons!
    So proud of you for all your hard work and not giving up. Way to stick to your plan---(I think you pretty much did, though you didn't mention your goal MP ;) ) I say WELL DONE.

    Love the gear choices- that pink/yellow top looks great on you! Also love that your pupkids could cheer :)

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    1. Thank you so much Raina. You have no idea how inspiring and encouraging you have been to me over the this last year. You are so incredible and I am so lucky to be able to call you a dear friend. Thank you for being there for me and answering my million questions through email. :-)

      I responded to you on twitter, but the goal of the race was to not run faster than a 7:30 pace. I think my average was like 7:38? The wind definitely helped keep myself in check!

      That Brooks top is my new favorite top! I love it. Especially because it is so bright. I am sure Cam spotted me a mile away on Saturday.

      I don't mean to brag, but aren't my girls the cutest things ever?! LOVE THEM!

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  15. I'm crying girl!!

    This post just proves my reply on the comment you left on my blog! You are truly an inspiration you rockstar you!!

    You are amazing and you will definitely continue to kick some serious butt! So proud of you!!

    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Karina, you are so sweet! I am really proud of you and excited to follow you on your 1/2 marathon journey. You are doing amazing!

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  16. when I saw this on instagram, I was soooo excited for you!! i hope i can have a comeback like you. And I can now relate to the hardships of not being able to run. You are proving it's possible to heal, recover, and come back stronger. HUGE CONGRATS!!! especially on your finish and AG. ROCKSTAR!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I have no doubt that you will have a big comeback too! You are doing everything right and you are being smart. I really feel like injuries make us stronger and surprise us when we finally get back into our groove. Just keep your chin up and know that there really is light at the end of the tunnel. I promise! XXXX

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  17. Awesome job, Tasha! I can imagine that must have been so emotional, after all you've been through. Congrats on pushing through such a tough race, and with an awesome time for a training run!

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  18. ok
    1. congrats on a great race! so fast! 1st AG!!! that is fantastic
    2. your dogs are so cute! I love dogs. I have a golden retriever..she is the best...
    3. Wind is the enemy. always

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    1. Thank you Caroline! I sure do love my little furbabies. Wind, it really is always the enemy. UGH!

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  19. Nice race!! So happy you are back & feeling good! :)

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  20. Congrats on the race and place!!!!!

    I get into beast mode near the finish line and I'm that annoying person that needs to fly by everyone once I see the finish.

    Dogs are cute!

    I hate when race organizers give crappy shirts, cotton shirts, xxxl male shirts. Good part about RnR races is they always check that the shirt you get is the size you selection!

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