After a disappointing run at USA Outdoor Nationals in June, I took a step back from intense racing, instead running a bunch of local low-key races. No pressure, all fun, and I won some decent prize money along the way :) I'm getting married next year and weddings aren't cheap, so I'm racing on the roads to add to my Wedding Dress Fund!
|Runaway Bride running wedding dress by Oiselle :-)|
|Post-race Cleveland skyline views with old roommates Anish and Ron|
|Teammate high-fives but feeling rough after 15k|
You'd think I'd have learned my lesson after 15 tough kilometers at the Double Road race and would stick to shorter events... But no. I got cajoled into running the Indianapolis Women's Half Marathon at the end of August and so wrapped up summer racing with 13.1 miles.
|Pre-race with Nicole in Indy|
I haven't been training for a half, so I knew 13.1 miles at tempo pace would be challenging. But with Indy's heat and humidity, it was downright awful. A death march/comedy of errors...
3 miles in, I dropped my Gu, which I had ingeniously stashed under my hat. (As you can see, that college degree is doing me a lot of good in the Gu storage department.) Can someone PLEASE invent a sports bra with a Gu pocket so idiots like me don't lose their gels? At each aid station, I proceeded to get Gatorade everywhere except in my mouth. (Thankfully, my non-waterproof MOVband (on my right wrist) survived its multiple Gatorade dousings!) Overall, excellent fueling strategy by Kaitlin.
|Rocking this awesome outfit because it was too hot to wear a jersey and I forgot my sunglasses...|
By mile 9 I was crawling along at 6:30 pace. At mile 10, I asked myself why I was doing this. At mile 11, I was mentally planning my retirement from running. Somehow I made it across the finish line in just under 1:22. OH MAN I AM NOT A HALF MARATHONER!
I was all prepared to hang up my racing flats for good when my dear friend Nicole (who won the race!!) handed me a beer. Lesson learned: even brutal half marathons can be joyful when there's free beer and friends waiting for you at the finish line! Worry not, retirement is postponed :)
And so my summer of fun runs is over and it's back to business this fall. Next on the schedule for me is one of my favorite races, Tufts 10k for Women in Boston on October 14! Stay tuned!