Monday, April 29, 2013

Green 6.2 Race Recap

This past Saturday, I ran the Green 6.2 race here in Houston, Texas. I woke up around 5:50 AM feeling very motivated! I put on my race outfit, ate a Clif Bar, and drank about 4 oz of water. I double checked I had everything in my race bag, and then Robert and I headed out.

Parking was easy, and we made our way to the pre-race area. We met up with my friend Stacy who was running as well, walked around to check out the vendors and stretched/warmed-up. About a half hour before race start, I took an energy gel and another 4 oz water.

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At 7:30 AM, Stacy and I lined up in the corral area not too far from the start line, put in our headphones and I got my Garmin ready to go for the race. Despite the extreme humidity and the beating sun, I felt confident that I could undoubtedly give 110% and would achieve a PR, whether it was below my 55 minute goal or not!

The race began at 7:45 AM, and I tried to get in my zone quickly. The first mile I had to do some weaving but it did not have an effect on my pace. Around mile 1.25 I arrived at the first water stop, and grabbed a Gatorade. I had another gel with me that I had every intention on taking at mile 3, figuring there would be another water stop about that time. However, by mile 3.5, I found myself wondering where on earth the next water stop would be; the heat was killer, and I did not wear my hydration belt thinking it would just slow me down.

The first 3 miles went fine, but after I passed that 5k split, I fought more thoughts of walking than I care to admit. Every time my brain would tell me to walk, I would just counter it with different mantras -- pain is only temporary, pride is forever. You know you can beat your current PR! Strength is running when you want to walk; you are physically fine it is just your mind wanting you to walk!

By mile 4 I just had to take a break, so I walked for about 2 minutes and it seemed to help a lot. Finally, at about mile 4.5, the second water stop appeared. I grabbed some water and drank half of it, and poured the rest on my head to try and cool down.

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I eventually reached the point in the race where I could SEE the finish line! I looked at my Garmin and realized that even though I would not beat that 55 minute goal, I was still going to PR! I made my legs move quicker, wanting to beat every extra second possible, and I crossed the finish line with a chip time of 55:50!

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In one word, I was ecstatic! I pushed myself in terrible weather conditions and beat my old record by almost 2 minutes – I felt so proud of myself!

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I met up with Robert, grabbed a water, banana, bagel, and a free Michelob Ultra (score!). Later, we found Stacy, and relaxed for awhile until they announced the winners. This race was so much fun, and the course was fantastic – flat and concrete. Overall, I would highly recommend this race, but if I could ask them to do one thing differently, it would be to space out the water breaks better. Put one at mile 1.5, mile 3, and mile 4.5. Other than that, great organization!

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QOTD: Have you ever had to overcome an obstacle during a race? How did you conquer it?

6 comments

  1. Congrats!!! PR by 2 minutes! WOOT!

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  2. Congrats on the PR! Heat is definitely my achilles heel. Great job pushing through!

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  3. Congrats! I was a fun race indeed! Congrats on your time, awesome! Here's my recap: http://www.simplycintia.com/2013/05/green-62-race-recap.html

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    1. Thanks Cintia! It was definitely a fun race! I am checking out your recap now :)

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