I ran another half-marathon yesterday:
This time it was a virtual run. Have you heard of these? You go online, pay your registration fee, run your race on your own within a certain time frame, post your time online, and then a medal will arrive in the mail! The race that I signed up for was the vegrunchat.com race and proceeds from the registration fees went towards helping out a farm sanctuary.
Here’s what I love about doing a virtual run: I can pick the day I want to run and the time I start. That means instead of getting up at the butt crack of dawn so that I can get in my coffee and breakfast a couple of hours before race time, I can actually sleep in a bit. I can run wherever I want. And the best part: when I run, I’m not watching all of the other runners run farther and farther ahead of me and worrying that I’m running too slow. Instead, I had a goal time in mind and that was the only thing I was racing against.
I decided to run yesterday at 10:00 a.m. I ate a breakfast of granola with blueberries and sliced banana. I wanted to run in Iowa City, which is about 14 miles away because the town that I live in is small and I knew that running here would be boring. My husband and youngest daughter came with me and I started at a pub, where my family could have a late breakfast and wait for me while I ran. There was a light rain the first few miles in, and it was a chilly 47 degrees, but I’ll take that any day over the 90 degrees that I had to run in during the first half-marathon back in late August.
The run felt good. I had mapped out a course on MapMyRun and I thought I knew where I would be running, but I kept taking a few detours and ended up just running all over Iowa City which ended up working out great. It’s a nice town to run in. There were enough hills to make it challenging, but not so much to make it too difficult. Somewhere around mile 7, I started thinking about how good a Bloody Mary would be. Is that weird? Anyway, I promised myself that when I finished, I was going to have a Bloody Mary. At mile 11, I hit a bit of a wall. My legs felt like they weighed 1000 pounds. But I looked at my watch and knew that if I kept running, I was going to beat my goal time, so that kept me motivated enough to continue.
Here are the results:
My goal time was 2:45 and I beat it! I also beat my first half-marathon time by over 10 minutes! And it was go great to have my husband and daughter waiting for me when I was done. Even the pub staff cheered for me!
And, as promised, I had a Bloody Mary:
It was delicious!
When I got home, I took a hot shower and then spent the rest of the day in the kitchen, listening to the Dallas Cowboys game on the radio while I cooked. My husband kept telling me to sit down, but I was afraid I would stiffen up if I did, so I kept moving. After dinner, I did finally sit down and soaked my feet in our foot spa.
This morning I’m feeling tired, but not too sore. I’m looking forward to taking a break from training for a while.
Over the last three weekends, I ran a race. I ran a 5k on September 27, a 10k on October 4, and a half-marathon yesterday. Best of all, I set a PR with each of those races. What a great way to end the racing season, huh?