Illinois Marathon: Goal Time Went Down the Pot
OK, So the wind wasn’t the only glitch for this morning’s half marathon. It wasn’t anything huge – I mean Shane got us to the race on time with Garmin and iPod fully charged.
But a couple things did go wrong.
As we got in the (HUGE) line for start and I began flashing my hopeful sub 2:10 finishing time smile, Shane mouthed to me two words that made my heart sink.
Shit. My bad. Although I remembered to charge the battery, I did not remember to take the battery out of the charger and back into the camera.
This is a depressing fact, because it was our first time using my new camera for a big race!
Thus, all of the pictures from this race are courtesy of Shane’s iPhone 😛
Amber and I lined up in the 2:10 finishing time pace group, but quickly fell behind to the 2:15. No big deal, I’d catch up later. At mile 4, Amber stopped for a potty break and told me to go ahead. So I did.
I caught up with the 2:10 pace group, and then even to the 2:05 pace group. I was holding strong, even though the winds were blowing at 25 mph. No prime conditions, but at least it was sunny and fairly warm at this point. Miles 5-9 passed by with ease, and then it happened. I ate the jelly beans.
A cute, little kid was holding out cups while hollering “JELLLYYYYYY BEEEAAANNNSSS” somewhere between miles 9 and 10. Although I packed my Camelbak full with a bottle of Gatorade + water, nothing sounded better than a cup of jelly beans at that moment. And they were certainly good….going down. Then they hit my stomach. That’s when it went downhill.
I had to find the nearest porta potty stat. And in between waves of “omgIhavetofindabathroom,” my hip was screaming at me to stop running. And I probably looked as cute as I sound right now 😛
(Shane caught me at the end of mile 10, and I may be smiling here, but moments before I saw him, I had my I’m-gonna-keel-over face on!)
I found the potty around mile 10, and after waiting in a line for about 2 minutes, did my thang, and came back out. It probably added about 3-4 minutes total on my time. Before today I’d never stopped to use the bathroom during a race, so I guess I didn’t realize how far behind it’d put me. When I joined the running crowd, I found myself back in with the 2:15-ers. And that’s where I stayed until the end.
Official finishing time: 2:14:19
Last year’s official finishing time: 2:12:54
Oh well. Anyway, the next glitch occurred when I realized Amber and I never set a place to meet up afterword. In a group of 21,000 people, it’s a little difficult to find one person. And we were her ride back to Normal, so we couldn’t just leave!
After 2.5 hours of freaking out, Shane and I finally went back to the truck to wait. Luckily, she thought of doing the same thing about 15 minutes later. By this time, I was about to not only eat both my arms off, but my fellow car passenger’s as well. Luckily, Bob Evan’s saved them:
Multigrain pancakes + some scrambled eggs for some protein.
Hit the spot
All in all, I’m kind of disappointed in my time. I know I shouldn’t be, but I really thought I could beat last year’s time. Ah well. It was a good run!
Well the rest of the day will involve fairly little movement. In fact, every time I get up from sitting down, I’m instantly reminded that I ran a half marathon earlier and I wince in pain. I feel like a little old lady with a bum hip! 😛
Also – THANK YOU for the good luck wishes this morning – they made me smile
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!!