Oak Island Marathon

Forgive me for these race recaps being so close together but I’m trying to get them posted before this weekend.  If I don’t I’ll be 3 race recaps behind.  LOL   This grandma is one busy lady!

Oak Island Marathon is part of a race series called The Big A$$ Medal Series.  Again, my good friend Lisa, put me up to this series.  She’s always finding the best races!  The cool thing about the medals are not only are they really big but they all connect together making one Ginormous medal!  Crazy Big!

Here I am all showered up after the run sporting the cool shirt and the medal.  If you like bling, this is the series for you.

shirt and medal

Oak Island was first and was held on February 18th.  It is the only race in the series that has a full marathon option.  The other 3 are all half marathons.  The next race is in May and it will be on Sunset Beach.  Then comes Holden Beach and Ocean Isle in September and October.  Ron and I have never vacationed in this area so we are really excited to get to know the region.

We headed down to Oak Island on Friday and were there in just over 2 hours.  The expo was super little but very well organized.  We were in and out of there in minutes flat.

OakIsland expo

For the rest of the series, we may not worry so much about getting the day off on Friday and just head down after work and pick up our bibs the morning of the race.

After the expo, we drove out to the Oak Island Lighthouse.  It is a cute little lighthouse and it is right beside the road.  You can climb it in the summer months but you have to make a reservation.

Next after checking into the hotel we headed out in search of pizza and pasta.   This little gem popped up on Yelp for me and we loved it.  Great pizza.  Great spaghetti.  And great craft beer for Ron.

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Pizza and pasta

It was getting close to dusk by this point and the wind had picked up a bit but we still enjoyed a short walk on the beach.

birds

Check out Ron doing Tai Chi on the beach!

TCR

The hotel (Holiday Inn Express) had a comfy bed and quite rooms.  My rest was blissful!  Ron slept very well too.

Since I had had such a bad run in Charleston and overheated, even though it was a little cool at the start, I opted for running in a singlet.  I had my new one from Vac & Dash and since I knew it would be quite sunny, it proved to be perfect.

flat for OI

The only thing I didn’t think of was my headlamp.  Ron told me that the race organizers had told us plenty of times to be ready for the dark start but for some reason, I missed that.  The run in the beginning was through some neighborhoods and I was fearful of tripping in a pot hole or something.  I really wished I had my light.  On the other hand though, I’m glad I didn’t have to carry it with me for the rest of the race.  I like to run with only the bare essentials.  I don’t even like running with my phone.  I’ve got to change this because I love all the pictures that all my friends capture.

Check out this gorgeous sunrise my good friend Jordan shot.

Oak Island Sunrise

That was 2 weekends in a row that I ran and got to see the sunrise.  So Pretty!

The first part of the run for me went well again.  I really enjoyed running over the bridge and running to the lighthouse.

Around the half, you run by the finish line area and usually I get down when I hear all the partying knowing I have 13 miles to go.  This time it didn’t bother me.  I kept running and I didn’t really know it at that time but I was slowing down big time.  I felt really good and was in good spirits until around mile 23.  With only 3 miles to go my legs started to buckle under me.  What!  I got really scared and thought I was going to faint or something.  I wasn’t dehydrated and I had had 3 Gus so I should have been fine.  I started walking at this point and must have walked about a quarter of a mile or so.  I sucked it up and before long I saw Ron and my good friend Claudia and her husband.  They ran me in and Claudia handed me a beer and a slice of pizza.  Claudia was so thoughtful to wait on me.  She had finished about an hour before me and had qualified for Boston!  She’s turning 60 this year and is my hero!  I want to be like her when I grow up!  LOL

(Claudia’s husband got a picture of us but I don’t have it yet.  I’ll post as soon as I can.)

 

Here I am at the finish line.  I look happier than I felt!

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Here’s a shot of my other good friend, Jordan and me.  I was right with Jordan at mile 23 but she beat me by 10 minutes over those last 3 miles.

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And here Ron and I are.  Ron had a good half marathon but had to give the after party a thumbs down.  My beer lovin’ husband won’t touch an American lager.  LOL

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Here’s  Ron is coming in!  All smiles!

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I’m really excited for the rest of the series and even though I’m bummed about my 2 recent marathon times, I’m trying to stay positive and see if I can figure out what is going on.  My gut is telling me I’m not running enough.  I love going to Camp Gladiator on MWF and I think it is healthy for me.  I just think if I am going to get faster, I have to get more miles and more fast miles under my feet.  I think I am training myself to run slow.  I’ve got to run fast in my training runs if I  ever am going to run fast in races.  Good news is my LifeTime Fitness Run group is offering a speed class beginning in May.  8 weeks with the awesome Coach Kelly.  I am very excited for this.

Here’s my training calendar leading up to the race.  I had high hopes of doing so much better.

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Here are my splits.  (My Garmin measured it at 26.43)

Splits Distance Time Cumulative Time
1 1 10:35 10:35
2 1 11:28 22:03
3 1 11:39 33:43:00
4 1 11:35 45:18:00
5 1 11:32 56:50:00
6 1 11:40 1:08:30
7 1 11:28 1:19:58
8 1 11:28 1:31:26
9 1 11:41 1:43:06
10 1 11:52 1:54:58
11 1 12:07 2:07:05
12 1 12:36 2:19:42
13 1 12:24 2:32:06
14 1 12:55 2:45:01
15 1 13:18 2:58:18
16 1 12:51 3:11:09
17 1 13:00 3:24:09
18 1 13:09 3:37:18
19 1 13:31 3:50:50
20 1 13:19 4:04:09
21 1 13:33 4:17:42
22 1 14:32 4:32:14
23 1 14:31 4:46:45
24 1 14:59 5:01:43
25 1 16:08 5:17:51
26 1 16:20 5:34:11
27 0.43 09:09.2 5:43:21
Summary 26.43 5:43:21 5:43:21

I’m not giving up on the full distance but I am definitely giving it a rest for a while.  I’ve got the Tobacco Road half coming up this Sunday and then I’ve got the other 3 halfs in the BAM series.  I also am registered for the Kiawah Island half in December.

I am toying with the idea of maybe signing up for the Richmond full in November.  All my running friends tell me it is a great marathon so I might give it a try.

Happy Running Friends!

 

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