June 8, 2015
The Hospital Hill Half Marathon 2015 (13.1 miles) …
I Conquered the Hill!
Got my Brooks on….I ’m ready to go!!!
Driving the course a few days out from the race my nerves were kicking in; would I finish, would I wake up late, would I eat enough/too much, would I have to take a potty break?! All these questions were filling my mind and my stomach was in knots and the race was still 5 days out! It was then that I decided to forget about all these questions/worries etc. I had followed Hal Higdon’s training guide – Novice 2 and by followed I mean FOLLOWED, no missed runs, nothing. I had been on a fairly strict diet 12 weeks out and I had a carb loading plan for the days before the race. I knew I was ready to complete my first half marathon and I decided to let go of everything else and allow myself to enjoy that day, the day I had been working towards for months now.
Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Guide – Novice 2
The morning of the race – I woke up right on schedule (4am) to eat my bagel, yogurt and drink my spark. Surprisingly, my nerves were calm and I was excited, not nervous. I had a time schedule for all my pre-race products, which made the race so much more enjoyable! I can’t imagine running without my Advocare products!
Here’s what I used Race Day.
- Spark – (before breakfast with catalyst)
- Arginine Extreme – about an hour before the race
- VO2 Prime Bar – I ate my bar about 45 min before the race
I had tried this combo several times before on my long runs and I knew when I needed to take each one to avoid cramps, etc and to ensure my energy was spread out and would get me through the race.
During the Race:
- Slam – around mile 3 I slammed my slam 🙂
- Rehydrate Gel – Around 6.5 miles and another one around mile 10. I love these gels packets not only do they help keep you hydrated but it gave me the next boost to finish strong!
- Water – I stopped at every aid station and grabbed a water to ensure I would stay hydrated. I slowed down grabbed a cup walked fast while taking small drinks (about 2 each time) then I was back at it! No one wants to choke trying to gulp down water during a race while running thru an aid station…atleast I don’t. 🙂
- Banana – immediately following the race
- Water – immediately following the race and all day the next 2 days
- OTG – All day -I’m in love with this stuff! Thanks Drew Brees for requesting it to be available for us non-professional athletes! 🙂
READY, SET, GO!!!
Walking up to the start I was calm and ready to go! And before I knew it, away we went!!! Watching everyone speed off, all I could do is keep reminding myself to start off slow, stick to your race pace and DO NOT accelerate the first 5 miles. I had read all the stories (we all know how much fun I have researching EVERYTHING!) of people starting too fast and not being able to finish or barely finish….I knew this course had 9 hills and that I would need to conserve my energy.
With all that being said, It was SO HARD to hold back…that was one of the toughest parts of the race, trotting along the first 5 miles….BUT then I hit mile 12 and I was SO glad I held back in the beginning. I was able to finish my last 3 miles faster than the first 5 with the last .5 mile being my fastest pace! I was happy! I finished in 2:02. I had set a goal of 2 hours and I was right there. Before training for this half I rarely timed myself running, so I had no idea what goal to set but I DO know that I worked my butt off to get that time, so I’m happy!
What an amazing, exciting and wonderful experience! I realize people probably think I’m even more nuts by describing my first half marathon as a wonderful experience…BUT it was FUN! When you have had months of hard work, training, eating well and you feel physically, mentally and spiritually strong – this is an amazing feeling and then to be doing something I LOVE, running thru the streets of the city with the roads blocked off, residents standing outside cheering you on, strangers cheering you on….what an amazing experience! WOW! I will say the most uplifting thing on race day was to see my family along the course cheering me on! (I have an awesome family) Each time it gave me an extra boost and made me feel like a Rockstar!
Here are all my supporters on race day!
Sai – my wonderful hubby, Cassie – My sister- in-law, she has been a huge inspiration and has answered endless questions along the way (she completed the Heartland 39.3 Series last year, yes 3 – half marathons!) My beautiful nieces Vanhessa, Victoria and Taryn, ME, Kobe, Kailee and that’s Kash snoozing away in the stroller! Just missing my sister Karena and my niece Kailyn in this pic.
Kobe is chowing down on post race snacks! 🙂
My kids who LOVE running and have completed several 5k’s totally kept me going! My amazing husband, who also doubles as my strength coach, he’s pretty awesome 😉 Not only did he wake up early, got the kids ready and corralled them for 2 hours while I was running he still managed to meet me at the finish line in the rain! My family has truly been a blessing during this entire process.
“Why would you choose Hospital Hill for your first Half”? I got asked this question all the time. I’m by no means a race expert but my understanding it that Hospital Hill is one of, if not the, toughest courses in Kansas City. There ya go!!!
After baby #3 was born I wanted a goal, something to work towards, something to be focused on….the first few months after giving birth are more about recovering and less about training for a half marathon, lol. I started running…or fast walking around 4 weeks post delivery. And I slowly started building my speed and endurance. For all you mom’s that are less that 4 months postpartum and nursing….talk about dedication!!! But we will leave those obstacles for another day! 🙂
on race day my kiddos were 5 (Kailee), 3 (Kobe) and 1 (Kash). Kash turned 1 on Friday and I ran my first half marathon the next day! For me having kids is not an excuse to put my health or my goals on the back burner…THEY are the reason why I make my health a priority! I’m just a mom trying to lead by example and show my kids how to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and how to be the best ME possible! Always striving to be better and do better!