PROJECT: The 2012 Frederick 1/2 Marathon

STATUS: Conquered

ANALYSIS: Surprising results for me considering I haven’t had a whole lot of time to train for this one. The sky was overcast which made for a terrific climate, especially considering how hot is was predicted to get.

Starting the morning off right. Normally I am a peanut butter and wheat bagel kind of gal but this morning I opted for peanut butter and oatmeal. Nom, nom, nom…

Pre-race photo. Looking confident on the outside but inside truly nervous about how I would perform. I was running with a very strong companion (Lori) and a friend of hers so I felt a ton of pressure to do well. I was about as calm as someone about to undergo oral surgery…

Mile 5 and looking strong! Of course, I knew the real test for me would be mile 10 and on. Normally, I try to keep a long run base of 10 miles so that it is easy to ramp up into marathon training mode but, as I’ve mentioned before, I’ve hadn’t been the most dedicated in my training program in recent weeks.

Sad to report, I was totally right about the challenges in the latter half of the race. I started shaking around mile 11 and really began to kick myself for not taking a banana at the previous water stop. Why didn’t I grab the banana? Because I began my Weight Watcher’s plan this week and didn’t want the extra points. (Face palm!)

The last two miles were spent worrying about fainting and such and thus holding Lori back from a course PR. I’m happy to report that I actually managed to hold it together, NOT FAINT, and finish.

Whew!

I’m NOT going through that ever again. This girl will be getting serious about cross-training. Immediately.

Do I look relieved? I am. Trust me. Official time was 2:15:15. Totally stoked. (BTW – Lori did, in fact, PR the course. Woo hoo!)

WHAT’S NEXT:  New York Marathon – November 4th – I’ve got a long way to go. My IT band constantly needs to be taken into consideration, I have at least 10 pounds to lose and I have to get to work on that cross-training….STAT!

As an aside, the above photo is one of the things I look forward to in any race. FUN PEOPLE who come out to support and encourage you. Thanks, Larry for being on the course and giving all the runners something to laugh about. :)