Well, I finished my 4th 1/2 marathon today! It was my slowest and most painful, but I stuck to the plan. Just as I had trained, I ran 8 minutes to every 2 minutes of walking from start to finish. With only 5 weeks to train, I knew I needed to be very realistic with my expectations.
The weather was about 60º, foggy, overcast, and 95-97% humidity! The air hung in my lungs like smog and I was drenched in sweat by mile 2. Eww! The course was beautiful — it was on a nature trail/bike path south of Tulsa, and there were 6 well-stocked fuel stations on the course.
Here we are before the race:
Even though I said I wasn’t going to set a time goal, I secretly did in my mind. 2:30. And I didn’t meet that goal. According to my Garmin I finished 13.22 miles in 2:35:45 (11:47 minute miles) and was about 5:45 short of my “goal”. 🙁
I saw Mr. Prevention between miles 6 and 7. He came over, gave me a kiss and asked how I was doing. “Great” I said! And I was. I chugged right along until mile 8 where a calf cramp caused my leg to lock in a straightened position and stopped me dead in my tracks. I was forced to have to stop and stretch. You can’t run with a leg that won’t bend, apparently 😉 Unfortunately, I had to stop 3-4 more times that mile to stretch…those darn calf cramps, just like last week, plagued me!
Between miles 9 and 12 I ran through 3 cramps that didn’t cause me to lock-up completely (OWW!) and only stopped to stretch once more.
The last 1/4th mile were the worst. The lactic acid had tightened up my calves causing me a lot of pain, but you can’t WALK through the finish (even if I was “running” 14 minute miles at that point!). I am going to chalk these cramping issues up to my Metformin I just started taking, as I’ve never had these issues before and it seems rather coincidentally to be having them the past 2 long runs after starting the prescription. C’est la vie.
Struggling through the last 1/4:
We headed home and I stupidly decided against eating before showering. I did check my blood sugar before getting into the shower (86 mg/dl) and after a 2 minute shower, I started feeling funny. I re-checked my blood sugar and I was down to 67 mg/dl…and dropping quickly, apparently.
Sorry this isn’t a “WOO!” post, but believe it or not, I am proud of myself. I could’ve (and wanted to) walked the last 5 miles with all those cramps, but I didn’t…I stuck to my plan. Endurance-wise, I felt great…my body was just having trouble keeping up. But a successful race is one where you leave it all on the course, every last bit, whatever the end result…and that’s what I did.
Mr. Prevention finished in an impressive 2:06. Very proud of him 🙂
Question: Have you ran a 1/2 marathon? Would you consider doing so if you haven’t?
I will certainly consider another 1/2 marathon…but probably never another full!