I’m late getting this review up but for historical sake, I have to publish.
On November the 8th I ran my very best half marathon ever! 2:06:48!
Outer Banks Marathon was my very first marathon back in 2010 and I’ve also done the Flying Pirate there in 2012. The Flying Pirate course follows the 1st half of the full marathon. The OBX Half is the 2nd half of the full marathon.
When I went into this race, I didn’t have any goals other than having fun. I’ve had a good year and I had actually taken a little time off from so much running since my 50 miler I did back in September. I still ran during the week. I just didn’t make all my weekend long runs.
It was a cold, windy morning and I hung around with Ron as we waited for the race to start. He was in one of the corrals near the back and even though I knew we wouldn’t stay together, I didn’t want to stand all alone in one of the corrals closer to the front.
When we took off, I kissed Ron goodbye and made our plan of where to meet up at the finish. During races lately, I have started running without my phone and I love it. I actually have also stopped carrying water and GUs. Most of the races I go to have really good water and aid stations and I’m not as afraid of different GUs as I once was. My stomach, (knock on wood) has been behaving.
I was careful in the beginning to not weave in and out of runners when we took off. It was my choice to start out near the back and I didn’t want to be discourteous. When my Garmin buzzed and it showed a sub 10:00 mile I could not believe it. I was being careful and had no idea I was running at a good clip for me.
After miles 2-4 also showed sub 10:00 miles, I really began to question what in the world was going on. Then after mile 5 I was floored. I hit a sub 9:00 mile. I never do this in races. At that point I decided to give it my all and see if I could come in under my previous PR of 2:12. I started praying for a 2:11.
I felt great the whole way except towards the end my feet (bunions) started hurting. I didn’t care. I kept thinking of that running slogan, “Your feet are hurting because your kicking so much Assphalt.” There’s a bridge at mile 10.5 and it was a beast but not terrible. I had 2 miles of 10:15s right around that.
The only thing that I can think of is that these results are due to my CrossFit trainer, Liz Brozowski. The week prior to this half I went to CF 4 times. I’m usually a 3x a week CF girl but my coach has just opened a new Box and I’ve been trying to go more.
From mile 6 on, my mantra was, “This is easier than burpees. This is easier than walk the floors. This is easier than slam balls. This is easier than wall balls.” I heard Liz’s words in my head, “You’ve got this Melissa.”
This race has renewed my belief that I can BQ someday. 5 years ago I ran my first full marathon. I’m not the same person I was before running. I am so grateful to God for this hobby. Thanks to all my running and CF buddies. Thank you to my family. My cup runneth over!
For a race review here are my opinions:
I’ve sworn off racing so much for now. I love it and we have a ball but it can get expensive. My husband’s really good friend has been encouraging us to run the Chattanooga Marathon in March of 2016. I guess we’ll do that but hold me to it – not many more at all next year.
A few of my running friends and I have joined a new running club at LifeTime Fitness. We run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and have been learning more about hill repeats and fartleks. Coach Jennifer is the bomb! I’m hoping this 16 week class will help me come in under 4:30 in Chattanooga! A 4:30 is a huge goal for me but I’m up for it! Wish me luck.
I wish for you one and all the merriest of a Christmas and the happiest of a New Year!