1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut (Half) Marathon Recap

Sorry for the delay in posting this. It’s been crazy busy here this week. I had (gum) surgery on Thursday, and then I had to rush Lucy to the animal hospital on Friday. She’s okay. The vet said she has what’s called a “Reverse Sneezing” condition. It’s apparently quite common, but it’s such a scary sound she made that I thought she was having a heart attack or something :/ She did end up on a dose of steroids for allergies, and also has some post-nasal drip, but otherwise she’s just fine. On a side note – the last time we were there I was told she needed to lose 5-10 pounds. She gained 5! But the vet she saw this time said she’s just a little bit overweight and she looks okay.

Going home after surgery. So much pain :(

Going home after surgery. So much pain :(

Lucy resting in bed.

Lucy resting in bed.

In my pre-race post I shared that the course was being closed early due to the weather/heat. As I feared, I didn’t make the cutoff for the turnaround. In other words, I am still NOT a marathoner. Ugh. And this time I was completely prepared, ready and capable.

Race day outfit! Except I forgot the tutu at home :(

Race day outfit! Except I forgot the tutu at home :(

My 1/2 finish time was 2:29:30. I was pacing myself (I used :40/:20 intervals) for a 4:59:59 marathon finish, and I was right on target! Too bad they closed the turnaround chute at 2:20. As I crossed the (half) finish line, and saw that I wasn’t going to be able to go back out again I was pretty disappointed. For about 5 seconds anyways. it was SO miserably hot/humid, and that course was ROUGH. I wasn’t expecting those super narrow, HILLY, gravel trails!

Setting up the START line.

Setting up the START line.

Steep, narrow, gravel trails!

Steep, narrow, gravel trails!

2015-06-13 09.52.56

Poison ivy spotted at the mile 12 marker. Sorry so blurry!

Uber Hans! The ex-pro football accordion player!

Uber Hans! The ex-pro football accordion player!

Thankfully, because it was a half and a full, I was not a DNF! And I still earned a medal! It was my slowest half time ever, but like I said before, I was pacing myself for a full. And then again, considering the course and the heat I’m totally okay with my time!

Half Marathon finisher!

Half Marathon finisher!

I came home and immediately looked for another full. You know, I’m already all trained and everything! Then I thought about the heat and decided to start my search in September instead ;) And lookie what I found! The Sloppy Cuckoo (12 hour challenge) Marathon. It’s the same RD, the same park, the same German festivities Lol! And not only can I do a marathon; I can keep going for as many more 6.55 mile loops as I want/can for a total of up to 12 hours. I’m thinking about 50k, or a total of 5 loops. But I’ll be happy enough (ok, ecstatic!!) just to finish the marathon!

And speaking of marathons, my training buddy Tammy, DID finish her marathon!!! I couldn’t be more happy for her and so proud of her. You should stop by and congratulate her because she’s a super star!!!

Gotta run!

Advertisements

15 thoughts on “1/2 Sauer, 1/2 Kraut (Half) Marathon Recap

  1. I know I’d be tempted to sign up for another right away, too – just hate to “waste” that training! – but I think you were smart waiting for the fall. Course hot days happen in the fall, too, but at least it’s less likely.

    Congrats on finishing a challenging & hilly half!

    • Actually, I do! It was rough, and challenging, but in a twisted sort of way I really did enjoy it ;) I think mostly because it’s such a small amount of runners, the RD is great, lots of shade, and a very laid back atmosphere.

      And it’s not like I’m trying to break any speed records! Lol!

  2. Thanks for the shout-out! I hope you’re feeling better and I’m glad that Lucy is okay! You’re such a good mama! :-)

    Hey, next year do you want to do the Chicago marathon? I think there is a lottery now to get in, but I think I’m going to give it a shot!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s