Monday, October 7, 2013

Colbert Half Marathon {Race Recap}

Friday afternoon I was feeling upset that I wasn’t going to be running the Leavenworth ½ marathon on Saturday. After looking online I realized I could register day of at the Colbert ½ marathon for only $20. I considered that to be a huge deal so I decided to complete the registration form. I asked both my mom and Mr. Healthy Diva what they thought about me running and they were both supportive. As long as I took it easy and didn’t let my competitive side come out, they didn’t see a problem.

Later that night I started to doubt my decision to run in the morning. My longest run since Spokane to Sandpoint was only 7 miles. Would I even be able to run 13.1? I decided to go to bed and then make my final decision in the morning when I woke up. When I got up in the morning, I still had some doubts, but decided to go ahead and run. I was going to run with my cell phone so if anything happened I could just call Mr. Healthy Diva to come and pick me up.

I got to the race about 30 minutes before it started and was able to quickly register. It was freezing outside and I was beginning to think I wasn’t dressed warm enough. At 30 degrees, my fleece and capri running pants were not keeping me warm. I wished that I had brought my fleece headband to keep my ears warm and some gloves. I just hoped that I would warm quickly once the race started or else it would be long ½ marathon!

The Colbert course is quite challenging with hills, but very scenic and runs through Green Bluff which is one of my favorite places to visit. Other than it being chilly, it was the perfect morning for a long run!

I took it easy in the beginning and felt really good. I maintained a conversation pace and walked about ½ way up each hill (I found that my HR would spike if I tried to run the entire hill). The miles ticked by really fast and I was enjoying myself. At mile 7, I was warm enough to take off my fleece so I stopped and took it off. By this time I was approaching the monster hill that seems to go on forever (between mile 7-10). I knew that there was no way I would be able to run the entire hill so I ran/walked it. Even doing this method, I passed a lot of people. At the top of the hill it is essentially all downhill to the finish line with only about 4 miles left. A guy that I was leap frogging with talked to me for about a ½ of a mile. He was very impressed that I was running the race pregnant and told me good luck. I glanced down at my watch while we were talking and realized I had dipped down into the 7:30 pace range and was ecstatic I was able to maintain a conversation at that pace even if it wasn't for very long. I knew I only had about 2 miles left so I just went for it and pushed the 8 minute pace. I was careful to keep my breathing and heart rate in check. 

The course ended up being short, but I finished in 1:53:36 which was an 8:53 average. My secret goal (don’t lie everyone has one for each race!) was to finish in the 2 hour range. I was very happy that I was able to run under that and still feel good. Even if the course wouldn’t have been short, I still would have run a sub 2 hour ½ marathon. I even didn’t get a ½ marathon PW which I was also surprised about.

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary
1:53:32.9
12.78
8:53
1
8:28.4
1.00
8:28
2
8:28.4
1.00
8:28
3
8:30.3
1.00
8:30
4
8:32.9
1.00
8:33
5
9:05.9
1.00
9:06
6
8:59.4
1.00
9:00
7
9:30.7
1.00
9:31
8
10:47.3
1.00
10:47
9
10:40.3
1.00
10:40
10
8:51.7
1.00
8:52
11
7:48.5
1.00
7:49
12
7:47.7
1.00
7:48
13
6:01.2
0.78
7:44

 Now do I dare say that I am excited to run another half marathon with Baby Bean?!


--Tasha

26 comments:

  1. I love baby's name :).

    Nice job on the race, girl. Baby Bean is going to inherit those super speedy genes from their momma!

    I ran a lot when I was pregnant with my kids (the twins not as long, obviously) - it's a really cool experience, I thought.

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    1. Thank you Jill! I love hearing that other women ran during their
      pregnancies too. I think that it is awesome. How many miles a week did
      you run on average? Most of my runs are pretty short- 2 to 5 miles. I
      gave myself a rule that on a "long" run I won't run much over an hour.
      Obviously running the half broke that rule. As long as I can run
      anywhere between 20-30 miles a week for as long as possible I will be
      happy. Right now about 25 miles is average for me. It is easier to run
      now that the weather has cooled down. Being pregnant and trying to run
      when it is 90 degrees outside is not fun!

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  2. Running a marathon has always been my dream. Anyways, I think baby bean is gonna make your name famous and you'll be proud of her one day. God bless!

    Regards,
    Arnold Brame

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    1. Thank you Arnold! I sure hope that Baby Bean has a wonderful and successful life.

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  3. Well done Tasha! Your fitness level is highlighted by you being able to just go out and do a 1/2 in a great time without dedicated training :-)

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    1. Thank you Kari. I will admit I was super nervouse to attempt the half.
      I told my husband I was running with my cell phone and might have to
      call him to come and get me. The race was fairly small too so I didn't
      want to be the last one to finish. I am glad that I did end up running
      because it proved that I can do it. Now I really want to run another
      one! I think that running the longer distances is easier during
      pregnancy because you run slower. Or maybe that is just my opinion.
      :-)

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  4. Awesome job! The baby is going to inherit some awesome running genes ;)

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    1. Ha, I hope so! My hubby doesn't have any running genes to pass down so it has to come from me.

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  5. Yay for a half with baby bean, that little one will have quite the running experience by the time the little one comes into the world! Nice job to you too ;)

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    1. Thanks Christy! Baby Bean has been running a lot. Must mean that they
      will have to be a runner when they get older.

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  6. Well done! Sounds like the baby is in for some more miles!

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    1. Yes, the baby has been running quite a bit. :-)

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  7. You're incredible! Great job lady :) What's the next half?

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I am not sure when my next half will be...probably Seattle?

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  8. This is going to be the best run baby ever :) You are so impressive!

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    1. Thanks Nikki! Bean is definitely racking up the miles. :-)

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  9. CONGRATS! Wow, if I can't beat that at my half at the end of the month I might cry. Hahaha, you are pregnant! That is an amazing preggers time friend. =) PS. I responded to your comment but didn't want to stir the pot so I left it on my site. If you want to discuss further, feel free to email me!

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  10. Looking good! I hope that you're able to keep running through much of your pregnancy! I can't even imagine!

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  11. Aww, I miss Green Bluff! I was just thinking about it the other day. My oh my, I am impressed with your time! I love that feeling when running and seeing an unexpected faster time :)

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  13. Stopped by to demand a pregnancy update so I can compare. :)

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  14. I love how you are faster than me while pregnant. I WANT TO BE YOUUUU. :) I need a sub-2 just as my regular, non-pregnant self.

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  15. Nice work! $20 is a steal for a half marathon!

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