Sunday, October 21, 2007

Duke City Half-Mary Finisher!


"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret or disappointment" - Jim Rohn

...for me today, it was the pain of discipline.


Yesterday morning, Husband went downtown to get our packets. I *heart* the brown long sleeve t-shirt that we got. It's totally my color.

I agonized last night over the weather forcast. Yesterday it was pretty nice...80deg when we spent the afternoon at Wilson Stadium watching the 5A schools compete in Pageant of the Bands. It was hard to believe that the weather forcast for today could come true. But when I woke up in the morning and heard the wind howling, I knew that they were right...a cold front/storm had moved in.

I decided to wear my favorite running shorts underneath a pair of capri length athletic pants and a sleeveless shirt underneath a long sleeve one with the thumb hole thing, no gloves. Also my yellow hat. Stepped outside to test my attire in the crisp morning air, and it seemed okay. I loaded up my fuel belt with Accelerade and 3 gels. Used a race belt for my number, and strapped my Garmin on my wrist.

We arrived at the race venue early enough to search the crowd for familiar faces and watch the full Marathon start, but it was a good 5 degrees cooler downtown that it had been at home and the wind had picked up. We ended up taking cover inside a building instead. At 15mins before the scheduled start, we braved the cold air and made our way to the start line.

The race started pretty much on time. I was happy about that. I started my Garmin when the gun went off, not when we crossed the mat. I'm not sure if they used the start mat or gun time as official time. I noted that it took about 48 seconds for us to get to the start mat, in case that matters.


My Garmin made a weird beeeeep. I looked down. Lost satellite connection...something about hitting I did. Maybe I shouldn't have? My Garmin was basically just a watch for the rest of the race, so I was blind to my pace. Drat!! Guess we're just gonna' run on feel today.

Took our first walk break after the 1st aid station (mile 2?). By then I was feeling fairly comfortable, not cold anymore.

Took our next walk break after the 3rd aid station (mile 4?). I took a little extra time to take a gel and take off my long sleeve shirt and tie it around my waist. I was feeling pretty good, but had no idea what pace we were doing.

We stopped for walk breaks at the next two aid stations (miles 5, 6?). The aid stations offered water and gatorade. Sometimes I took water, other times I just used it as a reminder to drink some of my accelerade.

I hit the lap button on my Garmin at the turn point, and looked at the elapsed time for the first time: 1:15:45. I was convinced that was better than my half-point time at Chips-n-Salsa. I was happy and smiled. I looked up and noticed a race photographer. It will be interesting to see how that photo turned out (assuming they took one).

I started paying attention to elapsed time on my watch at the next several mile markers.

17 minutes later, we had gone another 1.5 miles. I tried doing the math in my head and figured that we were running something under 12 min/mile up to this point.

I started hitting the lap button at every mile marker. The next two miles were 12:38, 12:13.

I was getting warm. I told husband that I wanted to stop at the next mile marker to take off my pants so I could just run in shorts. I also needed another gel. With an extra long walk break, that next mile clocked in at 13:29.

Then I don't really know what happened. My ankles started to hurt. My lower back started to hurt. My knees started to hurt. My hips started to hurt. I hadn't had any pain up to this point and suddenly everything seemed to hurt. Every step sent pain shooting through my body. It hurt so much, I was fighting back tears. To add insult to injury, the wind picked back up. Noticing that I no longer had a happy face, Husband suggested another walk break. That seemed like a good idea. I put my long sleeve shirt back on. It seemed like everyone passed me while I hobbled and limp/walked. 13:30 min later, another mile was behind us.

I noticed a woman with a really cute running skirt who also happened to be walking. I shouted "hey, cute running skirt!" to her. She smiled and said "thanks"

Volunteers tried to be helpful and were telling us "One mile to go"...then "a half mile to go." I shouted "That's too far! I'm so done with running!!" The cute skirt lady came up beside me and said "Come on, you can do it. You're almost there."

That last half mile took forever. Cute skirt lady started counting down the blocks. Husband was a few steps ahead and kept looking back to make sure I was still moving forward.

And then finally we were done.


I'm blessed - I'm extremely grateful that Husband ran this with me today. Having him there with me this morning was awesome.

It's a wash - On Friday, I told Cindy that I'd either run this one faster or slower than Chips-n-Salsa and either way was okay with me. Instead, it was almost exactly the same! According to my watch, I ended up finishing a mere 15secs faster than my last half-marathon. It will be interesting to see what the official time is.

I hurt...a lot - I'm happy to have finished, but my body hurts all over. The aches and pains in my joints/low back make me wonder if this distance is simply more than my body can safely handle. I remain in awe of all of you who are somehow able to run farther distances.

I think I need a break - I don't have anthing else on my race calendar right now, and I really don't know what I want to do next. Nothing's jumping out at me. I think I'll take some time to figure it out.


  1. Lisa, great job! I've been wondering how you did. You seem okay with your time, and that's good. Just finishing is good. Its too bad about the problems toward the end. Maybe rather than completely taking time off, try to settle on some shorter distance runs and try to build your strength from that and wait until spring to go farther if you want.

  2. Congrats on the finish -- you rana strong race!

    Do take a break if you think you need one. A break can be the perfect recipe for re-discovering running or even another sport that intrigues you. Either way, rest is never bad.

  3. Congratulations on the half! Listening to your body is a good thing and I think you have earned a break to re-energize. It's awesome that your husband ran the race with you.

  4. Lisa...great race!! Way to keep moving through the pain. Were you happy with your new cute long sleeve shirt with the thumb things?

    I'm really happy for you and your accomplishments this year. Just since I met you...2 half marathons and an Olympic triathlon!! And you did lots more than that earlier in the year. You Rock girl!!

    I agree...time for a little break here, too :)

  5. OMG, that's exactly how I felt the last mile. Just ONE mile left shouted as encouragement really didn't encourage me at all ! :D Great job running especially with the pain!!

    Rest and recover and have a great meal :D I was thinking of you out there!!

  6. Congratulations on finishing! I hope you figure out what caused the pain - I wonder if you had enough calories coming in, as it sounded like only 2 gels during the whole race? Not that I would know from experience, just from reading other blogs. I hope to accomplish a half-marathon by this time next year - right now it seems VERY far away!

  7. GO LISA!!!!! Awesome job!! I was going to say the same thing as Jess. Sometimes you need a little breaky break! You did GREAT!!

  8. Congrats on a great race! Sorry about the pain. It took about 5 days for me to get out of pain after my HM last weekend. And I am trying to figure out what to do now too. I will be watching you to see if you get any great ideas.

  9. Congratulations!!!!!!!! You did it!!!!!! I can't believe how cold it got! Brrrr! Try taking a week off now and see how that break looks after a week of rest. Great job!!!

  10. Great Job! I was the lead cyclist riding ahead of the marathon relay.

    It was a tough day, windy!

  11. Hey, congratulations! I heard the wind howling too, and ugh, stayed in bed most of the day, working on the dreaded paper. Baboo paced the lead runner on his bike; did you see him? Congratulations again! I hope you eel better soon!

  12. Lisa you did great, and wrote a super race report afterwards...sorry about the aches and pains...those can bring one down in a hurry it wre about 1 minute faster at the half than my half turn a week ago..I think I was 1:16, but then I blew it out to a total time of 2:38.

    Way to stick with it and finish!!!

  13. Congrats on a great finish.. You toughed it out and that is what counts..

    Get some proper nutrtion and ice everything.. Should help the ouchy stuff get better..

    Just remember pain is temporary, your memories of the race will last forever.

    Congrats again, bravo!!!

  14. Great job finishing! Your rock! Now get some rest.

  15. thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on your HM finish.

  16. thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on your HM finish.

    You are a complete LEGEND :)

  18. Way to Rock your race. Thanks for the report. I felt like I was living it with you. I think that it is sweet that cute skirt girl was with you and encouraging you and what a neat husband you have to run with you.

    Keep up the amazing work.

  19. Way to go, Lisa! That is AWESOME!! Of course you can do long distances. Take your time and figure it out. In the mean time, enjoy the start of your off season! You've earned it!!!

  20. Congrats on the finish! You did an awesome job and you should def. take some time off if you need it before scheduling another race!

  21. Good job and being tough. Enjoy some rest.

  22. That's really great that you guys did it together. and you've certainly earned a break after your many races this season!

  23. Oh, yes, the wind was something else that day. I took my long-sleeve off and put it back on innumerable times. I think the pain will subside if you get more used to the distance. The more you do it, the more the threshhold to pain rises and you feel less pain.

    Awesome job!