Wow, what an experience! Before I can begin to talk about my experience, I have to give a shout out to my support crew. I really feel like Matt has to be the best runner support ever! He coordinated our families, worried about my stuff so I wouldn’t have to, and made sure that I had everything I could possibly need while in Houston. He is truly amazing.
My Mom and Dad, as well as Matt’s Mom and Dad were so supportive and I am so flattered that they all flew to Houston to support me.
My best friend Shannon, and her husband Mike made the trip as well and I cannot tell you how much it meant to have them there. My Bandido team mates were the loudest fans on the course and my heart was so happy every time I passed them while running. I am going to try to not make this too wordy and use pictures instead.
Brooks running is so supportive of my goals and they HOOKED ME UP in Houston! It was like Christmas all over again!
The plan for this race was to lay it all on the line and go out fast. 18:07 5k’s or below. There was no reason to hold back. I could have started slow and maybe ran a 2:35 but for what? I wanted to go for a big PR! I don’t regret it at all.
I found a great group of girls to work with the first 15 miles of the race. I even PR’d in the half marathon! ha!
I was on 5:50 pace and then it all came crumbling down. I don’t know what happened, I just ran out of gas. I lost my pack and fought the wind on my own. I went from 19th place at mile 20 to 29th place at the finish. Ouch. I still ran a 2:37:37, so if that is my bad day, I am ok with that. I feel like my fitness was good and I was confident that I could just relax and get ‘er done.
I think I have some figuring out to do with my nutrition still. My stomach was upset those last miles and I was frantically searching for a bush or a port-o, but I made it to the finish and then my stomach was fine, so maybe it was in my head. I feel like I really left it all out there, and that is all I could ask for. This was not a race I was running to run ‘safe’. I will do that next. I wanted to lay it all on the line and just race! No regrets. Getting passed at the end is never fun, but that is the marathon…a humbling experience!
The next day, on Sunday, my sister Marisa completed her 3rd marathon with a new PR! (personal record)
My brother completed his first half marathon in under 2 hours!
My Dad completed his first ever marathon in 5:14! Nothing could have made me more proud then seeing them all run the day after my race. I am welling up right now just thinking about it!
I am feeling great this week, finishing the race at a 6:30 pace probably helped to speed up my recovery, ha! I am SO excited for my upcoming races. Time to work on some speed and I think I am going to run some track races, which I have NEVER done! I will have to go watch a few to see how they are run. That will be nerve-wracking for me I am sure, but, I know I need to do it! I am super excited to continue my training and to become even stronger and faster for 2016!