In the meantime I was getting behind on other things like eating my oatmeal (didn't have time to get hot water in the lobby so used lukewarm tap water - don't recommend) and pinning on my bib. I also still needed to jug some Nuun and poop ( don't mean jug poop; just get out some poop). I pleaded with Siri to tell me how to work a Nespresso maker, which she kindly did, but it still didn't work. I looked around, tears welling in my eyes (haha okay, so dramatic) and held my gaze for a moment, deep in thought. Then just like that, Christmas Vacation Style, I flipped on the light switch near the coffee maker and VOILA, a steady stream of hot liquid finally made its appearance. Problem solved. It's true I am a social worker who is very much not STEM-like in any way.
Dressed, hydrated, caffeinated and full of cold oatmeal (and poop ugh), we headed to the start. I said goodbye to Ken, handed him my jacket, and got into my corral in the rain. I failed to wear a hat to keep the rain out of my eyes. It doesn't really rain in Colorado. It also doesn't really rain in Phoenix, so there's that. I'd just suck it up. I told myself to embrace, not resist, the conditions. I'm very wise that way.
Let's pause here for a moment. After my accident in August I've had to stay off of the trails for fear of falling and re-injuring myself. Therefore, once I was given the clear to run in September, I decided to set my sights on road running and qualifying for the NYC Marathon with my half marathon time. In the 55-59 female age group that's a 1:54. Before November, I hadn't done a road half marathon in years. My last one was the Utah Valley Half in 2017 - one of those common Utah races where they drive you to the top of a canyon and you run down (800 feet of elevation loss, no turns). I did that one in 1:50:21 and that was when I was 50. Gulp.
Yes, I'd done my long runs consistently as well as speed workouts on the treadmill. But, based on my half marathon time in November (2 hours), 1:54 seemed like a lofty, although not impossible goal. If it was easy to qualify, everyone would do it right?
The gun goes off and so do I. I decided my approach would be to not look at my watch until mile 12. I've never gone totally by feel before. Lets try it! I also promised myself that if at the half way mark I felt good I'd pick it up. It rained hard for the first 7 or so miles. So hard I thought I'd lose a contact lens. I didn't. At the halfway mark I took a Maurten gel (consistency of pure Jello) I had in my pocket and knew I had enough in the tank to pick it up. I couldn't believe how good I felt and how much energy I had. I kept telling myself to keep pushing and that I didn't do all those freezing cold long runs in the snow and sweaty interval runs on the treadmill just to not make my goal.
At mile 12 I gave myself permission to look at my watch because I didn't want to miss my goal by seconds. My watch said 1:41. WHAT??? I knew I had it. I sprinted that 1.2 miles and seeing Sam with about 1/3 of a mile to the finish line was a huge boost. I ran the second half faster than the first.
Thing is, this time qualifies me for NEXT year's NYCM - so 2024. Hopefully I'm still alive by then.
Overall, I really liked this course. It's not especially scenic, except for one part around 9 miles when you climbed a hill up between two buttes and have a gorgeous view of the city (Papago Park). I also like that it's pretty flat with only about 200 ft of elevation gain. Rock 'n Roll has it dialed in with their aid stations, excellent tracking app, post race party and multiple porta potties (I never did poop). And, Phoenix in January is usually a sure thing weather wise for a race.
|Clearly not my photo as I wasn't in a helicopter, but you get the idea.|
Thanks for reading along. I'm a big fan of race reports so thanks to anyone who has written one and has filled me in on their experiences and what to expect.
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Great run! Congratulations 💪🏻👍🏻ReplyDelete
I loved ❤️ the seeing Sam partReplyDelete
Congrats Beth! That's quite a comeback. I'm sure all is forgiven with Annie now! I'm eyeing a 15 mile trail race in April but that bone I broke in my foot after I fell from the rope at crossfit is talking to me. It doesn't hurt but it makes its presence known. So I'm waiting it out.ReplyDelete
I'm sure this felt so good!
Oh shoot, well I hope that improves that that you can sign up for that 15 miler!Delete
I love race reports. Well done! I used to write them when I ran distance races. Now I’m a sprinter so not much to write about in 100m. But I can totally relate to the coffee and the poop!ReplyDelete
Do you run with ear buds? I’ve looked into that watch but no music.ReplyDelete
Yes I wear ear buds and carry my phone in a SpiBelt and use Spotify!Delete
Can't run without my Garmin watch (it's a Forerunner something, forget exactly which one) and also prefer Honey Stinger waffles.ReplyDelete
I love to read race reports ! I had a similar experience with the coffee maker (although I make tea) and now always test it the night before. I also had one of my best half marathon times when I didn’t poop before - what’s up with that ?ReplyDelete
Haha, no clue. I'm just glad I didn't have issues during the race!Delete
Oh, I’m so here for that Nespresso story! It’s always something like a light switch, right? (After I’ve hit every button, Googled, even asked for help…)ReplyDelete
Congratulations! You crushed it. I look at my Garmin 945 when it alerts me at each mile. Other than that, I don’t pay much attention to it. Love the 945 for the music (also Spotify) and battery life. That coffee situation would have sent me into a panic! I’ll have to remember the Chevy Chase move if I’m in such a situation. So happy you are back posting.ReplyDelete
The Garmin 945 sounds awesome with the music option!Delete
Amazing congrats...you will love running NYC it is a fun one. I did it in 2017 and wrote a blog about it too if you want a race report. You inspire me your recovery and return to running. I have been out of running the last few years and we are the same age so maybe there is hope for another marathon for me. Enjoy your fitness you wear it well.ReplyDelete
Great run report, and a great run, well done. Interested to see another Suunto 9 Bara user. I love mine, too!ReplyDelete
I LOVE my Suunto! Been running with it exclusively for four years. It's never let me down!Delete
Please keep posting!!! I am a hobby marathoner in my 50s and we need people like you. I love to your blog! I am STEM and the coffee maker incidence could totally happen to me!ReplyDelete
And congratulations to the great race!ReplyDelete