This past weekend I was able to head down to Orlando to run the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. The weekend was amazing. We were treated so well, the hotel was really nice, and the RunDisney staff were so accommodating. The weather was not great for running, it was very warm and humid. However, it was great weather for being outdoors and enjoying the sunshine!
The race went OK for me. I started off conservatively and was able to pick it up by 10k feeling good. Going in to the race, I knew that although I felt pretty fit, the weather would not be very conducive for me to to p.r. (1:15:32) I still wanted to try though, and was going to race hard and go for it. I did hit a bad patch, but by mile 10 I was feeling better knowing that I only had 3 miles left. Although now after reviewing my splits it must have been more of a death march. Funny how soon the mind forgets! It was pretty warm and I was tossing water on myself at every water stop. It was also unique running in the dark. Some parts of the course were pitch black! I am surprised I did not fall. Ha!
At mile 11 I felt my stomach starting to cramp up. Ugh. At mile 12 I was jogging frantically looking for someplace I could dart off and ‘go’, but there were people everywhere and I also didn’t want to stop and get passed! I decided to try to make it to the finish line no matter what happened. A very risky move!
For me, I get anxiety about it and start to panic so those last few miles were not fun. I did make it through the finish in second place with a less than stellar time and puked twice.
My stomach was not right the rest of the day. I either had a bug or ate something funny. I was definitely more lax than usual on my eating the day before the race. I have been having no stomach problems lately and I thought I would be ok. Lesson learned for Boston. I know better.
This has been a tough last season for me. I haven’t run my best since being here in Michigan. Not going to lie, it is frustrating and it is easy for me to get down on myself. Not racing well is definitely not a confidence booster. I have been hitting all of my workouts but have been faltering at races. I know my legs are still getting used to running fatigued, and I know that as long as I keep believing in myself and in the program, I will see success. All of those fast workouts I have done during the fall will translate to the marathon. So even though I did not race well this fall, I know that all of that hard work has made me a stronger marathoner. I am remaining positive that things will turn around and my breakthrough will come. I have a feeling that Boston will be my race. It is one of my favorite marathons and I just know I will nail it! There are a few changes I am making to get as ready mentally and physically as I can before Boston, but for now I have 5 days of complete downtime before marathon training.