I haven't posted for awhile, life has been very crazy needless to say. I did find some time, however, to fit in a half marathon to gauge how the marathon in two weeks is going to go. Thanks to Natalie Steadman, who was unable to run the TOU 1/2 Marathon today due to an injury, let me have her spot in the race. And I'm VERY glad she let me have it!!
I was unsure of how today was going to go, but chose to stay optimistic anyway. And even I surprised myself! Last year I ran it with Aubrey and our finishing time was around 2 hrs 49 minutes...not great, but we finished. Then I had the chance to visit Darcey in Arizona this last year to do the P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon with a finishing time of 2 hrs 45 min. Well, today I ran and ran and ran. I ran until mile 8, when blisters on the insides of both feet started to appear...and man, could I feel them! I didn't prepare myself as well as I should have, so I didn't use precautionary Body Glide on my feet like normal, an anti-chaffing product made for runners and this very problem. I had to make it to mile 9 before getting any help, however, so I kept running as much as I could. I finally made it and put some vaseline on my feet - which helped, but the blisters were already there and made the next four miles painful (a good lesson to learn before running the marathon!) I thought earlier in the race that I was going to be able to run the whole 13.1 miles as I was feeling really good, and I even had a faster than normal pace going, but after the first vaseline stop I had to stop again and stop to walk when it got to be too much. Oh well. I did improve my time, finishing in 2 hrs and 28 min this time, and my goal was to do it under 2:30:00 - so I'm satisfied. :) Maybe the next half I can cut down 15-30 minutes...???
Two weeks from now I will (hopefully) have completed marathon number five in Indiana. I'm excited and nervous as always, but look forward to the experience nonetheless. :)
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Posted by Carrie at 8:16 PM