Before I get into all the race details, I want to say thanks for all the encouraging words after sharing about my health predicament!! They mean a lot to me. I’ve gone through several tests the past week or so and the results seem to be positive – I’m learning smooth and well-contained are good words.
Even though I’m super sore at the moment (driving 4 hours after finishing a half marathon will do that to you!), I’m really glad I ran this race. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy considering since my last half the most I’ve run at one time is 6 miles.
In trying to decide what race to run this weekend (since it had to be this weekend as next weekend I’m in DISNEYLAND!), I very briefly considering flying to Chicago for the Rock ‘N’ Roll since that would let me check off another state. But cooler heads prevailed (and my credit card breathed a sigh of relief). Since I’d already done OR and WA, I looked at the Idaho races but ruled out the two that were happening. I threw out the fifth state plan and looked into WA races. One by one I ruled them out until I was left with Lacamas Lake. But I knew it wasn’t going to be easy after reading Fruit Fly’s race report from last year. I asked her for the skinny and decided it was probably my best option and signed up.
I drove down Saturday and just barely made packet pickup (which in hindsight I shouldn’t have worried since I could have picked up my bib race morning). I got takeout and enjoyed dinner in my hotel room.
I was up early and made my way to the race start. I was happy that the weather was overcast! I started with the 2:45 pacer. Even though I had no goals for this race, I wouldn’t cry if I finished in 2:45! 🙂
We started off on the high school track before making our way down a hill and along the lake. I ran as much as I could on the downhills (ignoring my intervals) and I was keeping up with the 2:30 pacer! Well until we hit Mile 2. She started to pull away and I couldn’t match it. It was nice while it lasted.
This truly was a rolling course with slow uphills and slow downhills. Except for the hill between Mile 6 and 7 (and the hill at the end, which we’ll get to later). After Mile 8 we headed onto a trail along the lake. Up until that point I was usually around at least a couple of people. On the path it was more stretched out and I was by myself a lot of the time. While I really enjoyed running along the lake, I wasn’t a huge fan of the dirt trail. Or I should say my feet weren’t fans.
I hit Mile 10 and I could feel myself start to shut down. I tried to pump myself up by saying only a 5K left, only a 5K left, which did help a little bit. We had just passed Mile 11 when the 2:45 pacer passed me. She told me great job and my response was to tell her I had hoped I wouldn’t see her until later. I immediately felt horrible about saying that. So I quickly followed that by telling her thanks for being out here. Hopefully she didn’t take offense!!
I kept up with her as long as I could but watched her move farther and farther out of my reach. We left the park and headed back on the road. Mile 12 came and went. I was holding on until I turned the corner and saw the horrific hill. It makes the hill at the end of Seattle RnR look like a walk in the park. I started walking backwards at one point. I also started tearing up because while I wanted this hill to be over I knew that once this race was over, it would mean I’m done with races for a while. Part of me wanted it to continue.
Needless to say I was a wreck at the top of the hill. I kept walking. I could not convince myself to run, which will come back to haunt me at the end. Finally I was at the track and I started running. Or shuffling. I rounded one corner and another and then crossed the finish line! Yay! Done! (Side note – the medal was tiny, but well-earned.)
So how’d I do? Well according to the results page I finished in 2:49:23 (see if only I had started running earlier I would have for sure PR’d). However 2:49:23 is listed as both my chip time and my gun time and I know it took me awhile to cross the start line. (Plus my Garmin says 2:48:57 which would have been a definite PR and I didn’t hit stop until after getting my medal.) So here is my dilemma. I am a rule follower and 2:49:23 is my official time, which is not a PR. Do I go with my Garmin time? But it is not official. Or do I guess at how long it took me to get to the start line? Problem is that still isn’t official. Or do I just live with it? Since even though it would be a PR, it wouldn’t be much of a PR. There is a link on the website where I can email in for a correction so I’ll at least try that route. Stay tuned…
And a few more pictures, courtesy of Instagram: