19 Days to the Half
As I look at this picture, I am wondering if I will be able to do another half marathon. In particular, the one I’m registered to run in 19 days, Battleship North Carolina Half. This picture was taken at the finish line of my first 13.1 mile race at the Nashville Country Music Marathon .
I arrived in Nashville at my college roommates house and we picked up where we left off 20 years ago. Love her! We reconnected on Facebook in January 09 and had commiserated with one another leading up to the April race day. We were ready.
I was prepared beyond. I strictly adhered to the 12 week Nike Plus training schedule but encountered other problems along the way.
Sudden Allergies: I developed allergies on my way to Nashville and could not breathe. Breathing is pretty integral to running. On race morning, at 4am, Kris gave me a decongestant and introduced me to nasal spray. Nasal spray brought back a distinct memory of Kris which was how grossed out I was by her constant nasal spraying. No drugs on empty stomach!
No Pre-race Food: Oh, there was food, we were just too concerned with getting through the 1/2 mile bathroom line in time for the gunshot start. So I ate and drank nothing besides coffee. This is how I normally run so I wasn’t overly concerned. Need a little food before a half.
Extreme Heat: Living in the South, we know the weather can change on a dime. Literally, today will be 78, tomorrow will be 54. Such was the case on race day. All my “winter” training did not prepare me for the 84 degree race day temperature. It was hot and runners were dropping like flies. Need lots of water.
Partners: Kris and I ran together for about 2-3 miles but with 30,000 people running at different paces, it was difficult to stay together. I trained with two of my besties, my week day girl and my Saturday girl, neither of which could I convince to join me on race day. Need partner for support at mile 6, 9,10,11,12 and 13.1!
In the end, it did feel great to finish. I didn’t look great; I thought I was going to pass out and die among 30,000 of my closest friends but I finished and damn, I still don’t have my 13.1 car sticker to prove it!
At 19 days away, I have not followed a run schedule, don’t have allergies, will eat something small, will prepare for possible cold weather and will have my running partners to carry me through the finish.