Rock and Roll Half Marathon Race Recap

I did it, I finished my first half marathon!!!  I can’t move today, but I did it!!!!  Just kidding (sort of), I have made an effort to move and drink a lot of water to help my legs and whole body recover.  I had to go to the DMV (much more grueling than the race) so I didn’t get an opportunity to do a recovery run, I did however stand in the lobby during my 3 hour wait and stretch my legs like a fool.  The sitting made me so stiff I didn’t really care if I got any looks.  So here’s how the race went:

I got to the strip around noon to make sure I could get there since they closed the roads at 2pm.  I was originally going to stay at the Luxor (a very cool casino btw), but ended up just using it as a landing spot to keep my dry clothes and to rest a little.  I got my gear set out, my hydration pack ready, phone charged, and grabbed some lunch. I also took the time to get a little coffee boost. 

After stretching my legs and looking around a bit I could see people already starting to gather for the pre race festivities and decided I better get my butt in gear, literally.  While I was getting ready I could hear and feel the All American Rejects playing across the street, they were so good too!  I wandered around looking for some fellow Swirlgear sisters and didn’t see any, but I know they were there along with a few bloggers I follow.  It would have been nice to meet them, but it was nice to know they were there.  I did get to see my friend from Missouri, Chelsey and it turns out we ended up in the same corral!  We also found a woman from our home town in Missouri in there, seriously what are the odds of that!

I decided to try and follow the 2:20 pace setter for the race even though my goal was to finish in 2:30.  Our corral started off at just after 5pm and off we went!  It seemed like before I knew it we had already gone almost 3 miles!  I was still following the pace setter and there was a group of us hanging in there together.  There was this really nice couple from Seattle and the wife and I chatted about how fast the pace setter was going!  She was super nice and encouraging, exactly what I expect from fellow runners.  I held in until around mile 8 and then I just couldn’t keep that pace any longer.  I lost them around Fremont street, where to be honest I thought about walking.  I was so tired by then I just couldn’t help thinking about it.  I had to do some serious self talk and remind myself of how much I had worked to do this, how long I trained and to suck it up because I was not going to give up!  Then it happened, I looked at my Garmin and saw I was at 11 miles and 1:47 for my time.  I knew right then and there I had my goal beat if I just kept running.  Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot your almost there….over and over in my head. I shuffled through my songs to get to “Don’t Stop Believing” so I could finish listening to it.

As I crossed the finish line I started to cry and then realized I couldn’t breathe so I had to take a deep breathe to control myself.  I finished in a better time than my goal and I couldn’t be prouder, I put a lot of hours of training and hard work into it.  I learned a few things too that will help me in the future: 87 songs is more than enough in a play list, when you have been running for so long it takes effort to get your legs to stop, the sport beans are not for me (stomach issues), running that long for a race oddly hurts more than training, any kind of food or beer tastes good at the finish line, and it is hard to sleep after running 13.1 miles.  My official results are: Overall/9156 out of 20566, Division/ 944 out of 2369, Gender/4589 out of 12665, 5k 32:32, 10k 1:04:21, 10mi 1:47:10, Pace 11:03, Chip Time 2:24:44. My Garmin said I did 13.45 miles at 2:24, probably from all of the dodging of people, I like my Garmin the best, HA! Up next lots of stretching tonight, a short run tomorrow, strength training increase, a few 5k/10k/halfs, and signing up for my marathon in April!


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Pamela
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 11:43:08

    Amazing! So proud of you!


  2. Desiree - Finding the Skinny Geek Within
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 13:20:06

    Congratulations!!!!! Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So proud of you Jennifer! You rocked it!


  3. Shira Miller
    Nov 19, 2013 @ 22:32:16

    What a wonderful accomplishment! Am so proud of you for exceeding your expectations and already planning the next race. 🙂


  4. Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 14:41:02

    Nice job Jenn! I am proud of you and I bet you're proud of you too! Embrace this victory and cherish it!!!!


  5. Toni @ Running, Loving, Living
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 10:46:03

    Congrats!!! The feeling of finishing a half is amazing!!!!! I was elated for days after my first half!!!!


  6. Kristen@ Swanky Dietitian
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 15:46:54

    YAY!! Congrats! It truly is the best feeilng! 🙂


  7. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:19:46

    Thank you!


  8. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:21:02

    Thank you Desiree 🙂


  9. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:22:22

    Thank you, I can't wait for the next race.


  10. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:23:28

    I am proud thank you. 🙂


  11. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:24:38

    I'm just starting to come down. 🙂


  12. Jenn Speer
    Nov 22, 2013 @ 16:25:58

    Thanks, now are you going to do the next one with me? 😉


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