I just realized that last year was the first year they ever had this race and I ran it. This year was the second year and I ran it again. So technically I have ran every race they have had so far. I kinda like that. Hopefully I can keep that up.
Race morning I decided to grab a banana before heading out the door except the bananas were still green so I had to pass. Next idea was a powerbar, except all the ones I had were peanut butter or cookies and cream and I gave up cookies and peanut butter (and everything else) for lent. So I grabbed a Gu to take with me and downed some Powerade before walking out of the house.
Driving to the race I was freezing. In the days leading up to the race I saw highs of 60s, aka perfect racing weather for me. Race morning, 39 degrees I sucked it up though, didn’t over dress and got to the race an hour early to do a warm up. I had to get my 20 miler in on Sunday, 1 mile warm up, 13.1 mile run, 6 mile cooldown.
20 mins before the race I realized I left my Gu in the car and was wishing I had a pair of gloves with me as it was getting chilly. Oh and I had to pee! But with 20 mins before the race there was no time. I decided I would have to stop at a port-o-let during the race. I could have peed in the woods but I have still not mastered that without peeing all over myself.
Race started and I was already planning which one I would stop to pee at. It was all I could think about. I decided I would try and bank some time so that I wouldn’t lose too much time by stopping to pee. First mile was barely under 7 mins. I was hoping to run the first couple around 7:15 so that I could have a little over a min and a half to pee. (don’t check my math, it sounded correct while running).
I passed the first potty and decided I would definitely stop at the next one once it got a little uncrowded. And when I got to the next one I kept telling myself I would stop at the one after that. Totally tricking myself. Finally I made a deal with myself that I would pee by mile 10. We went up and over some bridges and as you are coming down, the bridges shake and I thought I was going to pee my pants. Luckily I didn’t. Although it would have made for a good story.
Throughout the race I had to pee so badly that I blew through all the water stops. I didn’t even want to look at liquids. I finally took water when I went through my friends water stop (Beal, Kristy, Matty O and Heather were all volunteering!). Mile 10 came along and I figured I had made it this far what’s 3 more miles. I bet you all saw that coming.
I remembered from last year that there is a hill at the finish, I also remember from last year that the course was a lot longer than 13.1. Luckily this year I looked down at my watch and saw 13.08 and I could see the finish line in sight. I cruised through finished in 1:41:50 a 7:46 and 6 out of 63 in my age group. AND AND AND A NEW HALF MARATHON PR!!!!!!!!!! And I ran the entire race with no Gu. And I didn’t pee. (actually never got a chance to pee until I ran back to the car…a mile down the road).
My last half marathon PR was from 2008! I came close to breaking that a couple times last year but finally got it this year. So far I have PR’d in the 5K, 5 mile and now the half marathon. Very happy about that little streak I have going on.
Oh and my butt barely bothered me during the race. I did take it a little easy though. A couple times I wanted to speed up but decided to play it safe for the sake of my butt.
New Tradition: Take a picture of all the shirts from year to year. At least for this race.
Anyone else hold their pee during a race?