Half-marathon training: Day 14

I kind of got duped. I was TOLD that today’s St. Patty’s Day Dash would be a 5k (3.1 miles), but last night I found out that the race officials changed the course to a 3.89 mile loop. Now, I know that to most of you, .79 of a mile is small beans, but for me it’s a goodly chunk. A goodly chunk, indeed.

That said, this was probably the best run I’ve done since I started training for the half-marathon because I got to do the whole thing with two of my best friends in the whole world, Molly and Jesse.

Oh, and did I mention that it was snowing? In Seattle? In March? And the flakes were the size of hamsters? And they splatted on my shoes and filled them with water? And I got hit in the face by one and it broke my nose? Yeah.

Me tottering down Molly and Jesse's steep-ass driveway at the butt-crack of dawn

Me tottering down Molly and Jesse's steep-ass driveway at the butt-crack of dawn

Despite the crap weather, the race was packed with people who had been drinking since 6:30am. So you can imagine the awesomeness. I think Molly and I got a contact-buzz.

We were jumping for friggin' joy even though we were freezing our 'tocks off

We were jumping for friggin' joy even though we were freezing our 'tocks off

I gotta say – I have some incred friends. Molly and Jesse are both fast runners, but they stayed with me the whole time, even when we got passed by a three-legged chihuahua.

Jesse was very perturbed that neither Molly nor I wore green, but I think it made us look like rebels

Jesse was very perturbed that neither Molly nor I wore green, but I think it made us look like rebels

So, day 14 of my half-marathon training was a success. I’d just like to point out that in each of these pictures I’m moving so fast that I’m blurry. My final time was 44 minutes and a handful of seconds (roughly 11:30 miles). And you can keep your amazed congratulations to yourself – I know how em-effing fast that is. At the end of the race the US track coach pulled me aside and asked me to join the Olympic team, but I told him I’d have to think about it.

Anyway, if you’re training for a race right now, I highly recommend entering a fun, shorter one like this. The crowd was hilarious and full of energy (and booze) – it got me all excited for the half. Okay, maybe I’m not excited for the half…but I don’t feel the uncontrollable urge to cry when I think about running it.

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4 Comments to “Half-marathon training: Day 14”

  1. It looks like you had an awesomely fun time at the 5k race! Good luck on your half-marathon training! I am envious of any one who can even run a few miles and your training for a half-marathon, wow! 🙂 ..I am just not a runner, but that is okay! Any tips on how to progress with my running? Take note that I can only run for about 10 minutes before I have to start walking, haha. I attempted to start running a few months ago, I can feel myself getting a little bit better but definitely no significant progress.

    Have a good Sunday!

  2. lol, I have been training for my first half for a month and a half now, and I know what you mean- I get that uncontrollable urge to cry when I think about the race too!! Guess I should run a short race to get that over with!

  3. Hi Haleigh! Dude, I’m SO not a runner. I can’t STAND it. You’d think that with a swimming background, I’d be pretty good at any endurance sport – but no. The way I progressed was a) I made people run with me. Doing it alone, especially when you’re first starting out, is for the birds. And b) when I felt tired after five minutes, I would slow my pace without stopping altogether. At first, when I got tired, I thought that the only thing that would make me feel better was walking, but I soon found that if you just run REALLY slowly, you can recover and still keep going. I actually think I’m going to do a blog entry about this today, because it’s a good question and I would have loved to hear the answer when I first started.

    Rachel – yay! I’m glad we can go through this together. Sometimes I think I’m a twerp for choosing such a long run, but then I realize that I need to keep going for the sake of my flab (if nothing else). 🙂

  4. Woohooo waaay to finish those 3.89 miles! (and wtf, why 3.89?)

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