Sunday, October 17, 2010


After my gut-wrenching, almost-PR finish at BAA last weekend, I volunteered to help out at the Luna booth at the Tufts 10k. I was retelling my race-day tale to a few of my running friends and Emma looks at me and says, "Why don't you run Newport next weekend?".

I looked at her like she had twelve heads. I just finished a race where I burst into tears as I crossed the finish line and this crazy lady is suggesting that I run ANOTHER half marathon? Six days from that moment? I was all, "umm, thanks but I'm all set on that. There's other things I'd rather do, like pull my leg hairs out one at a time with a rusty tweezer."

By the time she had finished the 10k, I had almost convinced myself to run the race. It was like the movie Inception. She planted the seed in my brain and then made it grow. Basically, she MADE me decide to run a second half marathon in as many weekends. By the middle of the week it had been decided that I would crash Emma and her boyfriend's hotel room, effectively ruining any hopes they had of sexy time before the race (SORRY GUYS!). I had some delayed soreness from the BAA half, as well as the other workouts I tortured myself with, and started to get really, really nervous about the race. Like, REALLY nervous. But, on Friday night I had an incredibly vivid dream where I finished in 2:15. I woke up laughing because, HA! That would require me to shave 7 minutes off of my fastest time! Suuure...

We headed down to Newport on Saturday afternoon, had a leisurely dinner and a good wander around Wal-Mart. Race morning was stressful. There was a crazy lady in the hotel restaurant in a house dress/moo moo. She was upset because she couldn't figure out why the toaster wasn't working for her bagel. Right.. We also left the hotel a little later than anticipated and waited in traffic to get to the parking lot where the shuttles were. And then we waited forever for the shuttles. And then we waited forever at the porta-potties. Did they think it would be a good idea to have 20 for five thousand runners?

By my watch, we started running at 8:10am (race started at 8:00am) and it felt so anti-climactic since there were so few runners around us. However, I think this worked out to my benefit because it meant that I was consistently passing people. Emma and I split up soon after the start and I focused on loosening up and keeping my pace consistent. The first six miles FLEW by and I got to that mile marker at 61:00 (a 10:10 minute mile). I was amazed at how relaxed I was feeling. I saw E-dawg at the one turnaround and we exchanged excited high-fives. My pace slowed a little bit in the next couple of miles, but only by about 5 seconds, so I wasn't concerned at all.

I was SO pumped to see Emma's blonde ponytail and pink sweatshirt right in front of me just after mile 8. We were both really excited to see one another and have the company for the next few miles. We chatted, listened to our music and enjoyed the beautiful race course. We hit mile 10 at 1:43 and told Emma that this was a full five minutes faster than my BAA race time." She looked at me and said, "ARE YOU THINKING WHAT I'M THINKING? YOU'RE GOING TO PR!". There was still a 5k distance, and I felt nervous even saying it out loud, even though I knew I had a good shot.

It wasn't until we passed the mile 12 marker at 2:05 that I turned to Emma and said "I might do this." She laughed and said "Unless the next 1.1 miles takes you 16 minutes you ARE doing this!". This time, when I crossed the finish line I cried, but they were tears of pure joy. I did it. I finished my sixth half marathon in 2:15:43, an average pace of 10:22.

So basically, my dream was spot on. Way to go, subconscious!


Dori said...

"I would crash Emma and her boyfriend's hotel room, effectively ruining any hopes they had of sexy time before the race (SORRY GUYS!)."


Congrats on your PR! I knew you would do amazingly well today so I am not surprised. This proves how last week's sickness affected your time. and it had nothing to do with your ability!

P.S. My captcha word below is douge, and it looks like douche.

Unknown said...

Congrats! That is so awesome! You've been working so hard! Can't wait to run with you sooon!

Every Little Thing said...

congrats! that is something that most people will never do (especially twice in just over a week!) exciting for you!

Unknown said...

i'm so proud of you mamasita!

MelissaNibbles said...

Amazing job!

Megan said...

that's because you rock my running socks!

Brittany said...

Congrats! That's so exciting!

Mary McManus said...

What a great race report! Congrats again - now it's onward to Disney which of course will be a PR .:)

Unknown said...

Dori - thank you, thank you, thank you for being awesome and supportive and helping me to decide to run this race. obviously, very glad that i did, despite my knee and stomach hating me! and haha douge.

ashley - hopefully we can catch up before the run on the 30th!

stace, katie, melissa, megan, brittany and mary - THANK YOU! you've all been so positive and it's been such a tremendous help