Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Portland RNR Half Marathon
My target finish time was 3:05. Yes, that's slow but I was good with that because I knew where I had come from in just 6 months before and I was/am proud of my progress. :)
Miles 1-6 were great. I was even ahead of my 5 mile goal and I felt great. Mile 7 started the hills. Unfortunately, I cramped up in the middle of mile 7 and it was bad. I've never had muscle cramps during an athletic event and I may have even secretly rolled my eyes at those guys who collapse dramatically on the basketball court with cramps.
I get it now. Leg cramps suck.
I stopped and stretched and got the cramp somewhat under control. I started to run again, still uphill and the cramp came back. I stopped again, stretched and decided to walk for 2 minutes. This kind of cycle repeated itself through mile 11 where the hills finally leveled off. But then the downhills started and those weren't much better.
At mile 12, there was one last giant hill and by that point I had to walk up it. I had my phone and texted Steve and told him what had happened but I was making it through OK. I put my phone away and started running down the hill and didn't stop again. I hurt, I was frustrated, and it was killing my competitive self to know that I was not having the race I wanted to but I kept going.
After the race, we went back to the hotel, showered, ate, and took a nap. Once we woke up we headed to the coast which once again didn't disappoint in the scenery department.
- Very organized
- Great course support - water, gatorade, gu, and of course bands at nearly every mile
So for now I'm back to focusing on the same things I've been focusing on: eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of myself. I still want to get faster and I'll have plenty of time to do that among other things between now and November.
I've been reading Chi Running and I'll share my thoughts on that in an upcoming post...