I hope everyone had a wonderful relaxing Labor Day weekend! We spent ours traveling to Virginia Beach, Va to run the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. Matt's sister and her husband live in Virginia Beach so it was the perfect excuse to visit them and run the race.
It was a Sunday morning race that began at 7am so I woke up at 3:45 to eat my standard race day food. My stomach is super particular about what I can eat before a race so I give it exactly what food it likes and plenty of time to digest so I won't get a stomach ache in the middle of the race.
Race Day Food:
1/2 whole grain bagel
plenty of water
**If I am running a Half Marathon I always chew a couple Pepto Bismol tablets to ensure my stomach won't get upset on mile seven with no bathroom in sight.**
Matt and I started in different corrals because he runs a lot faster than me. We wished each other good luck and then headed to stand in our sections. I knew this would be a different race because it was supposed to get pretty hot half way through around 8 or 8:30am. I wasn't quite prepared for just how hot it was going to get.
Around mile 9 I started to feel the effects of running in the sun for so long. I could feel my heartbeat in my face and it just wouldn't cool down. Stopping to walk for a second made it worse so I just continued at a slow jog for the remaining 4 miles. The last mile is on the boardwalk by the ocean but by this point I couldn't even enjoy the beautiful scenery around me, all I could do was focus on was the finish line that I could faintly see in the distance. Crowds of people lined the course and gave me the encouragement I needed to finish strong! Matt was waiting there to snap a quick picture of me and then we quickly found a place amongst the thousands of people to sit and rest. We sat there for a few minutes and discussed our experience mile by mile. It was interesting because the heat effected Matt around the same time it did me. We both agreed that this was the most difficult race we had done. It was a flat course, but because of the heat and extreme humidity it was a challenge. The next half we sign up for will be a flat course in the cooler months of October, November, December of 2014. Any suggestions on races like this?!?!
If you have run a half before you know the feeling when you finish is like nothing else. Your hips, legs and feet are aching from the constant pounding you have given them for the past 13.1 miles. You are completely exhausted but have such a feeling of accomplishment! Looking forward to finding a 5k or 10k this fall to run!