Most friends know I’m spending most of my time on the Runner’s World Loop now. I was going to write a separate report for Active, but obviously I didn’t get around to it. So, sorry that this post is geared towards the RW community (def check them out
…these people are hilarious) but other than a cut and paste I just wont get around to it
Half Marathon#10 in 2010 was awesome. I had a pseudo goal of beating last year’s time of 2:17:05 but I also knew I’d be happy with any time as long as I had fun. Pulling yourself out of a sideways car and running 13.1 miles 2 weeks later makes you grateful just to run for the joy of running.
Gotta love a race with a NASCAR theme
Traffic sucked on the way to Charlotte from Raleigh, but thanks to my new Prius I only used about 2 gallons of gas getting there (SWEET!). Thankfully the Expo was open until 9 so my 8pm arrival wasnt a problem. The gear whore in me put on her blinders and I was in and out of the Expo in a snap. Sweet! As I left, I saw the finish line assembly…it was really pretty.
After packet pick up I started calling my host, Mr. Zoom…whose phone was going straight to voicemail, which was full. After the MCM debacle in which it took me half a lifetime to eat, I decided to have dinner alone first, then figure out where I was sleeping.
Noodles and Co was my friend!
While eating, I put out an alert to all my Charlotte friends to find Mr Zoom. He turned up at a happy hour with his phone accidentally on airplane mode. SMART! So I did was any normal girl would do the night before a Pikermi…I met him at the bar for a few cold ones
I only had 2…cant say the same for Zoom
The 6am wake up was harsh…but I had laid out everything I needed the night before. Including: Senior Runner, Mark Remy, and Coffee Cat! Unfortunately, Coffee Cat doesn’t share his coffee so we had to stop at Dunkin’ Donuts on the way. I wish getting to the race was uneventful since Mr Zoom lives about 1.5 miles from the start (if it was warmer I would have walked/ran) but pulling into the tight parking garage, I popped the curb. My window was still down from grabbing the ticket so a guy nicely pointed out I lost a hub cap. WOW, that’s what a half Asian girl needs…an old white guy witnessing her inability to drive. Luckily it’s plastic and my tire was fine…but super embarrassing for the Jenster.
Once safely in a parking spot, I began to fill my empty Nathan HPL bladder with some G2. I was careful not to spill, but was feeling wetness in my lap. HUH? oh, I forgot to connect the tube at the bottom. I AM THE SMARTEST WOMAN ALIVE! Luckily I was wearing capri tights so it dried quickly. The bad news was I had soggy TRF pants on and I still had to go to the bathroom
Coffee Cat said he wanted nothing to do with the race – he didnt even want to cheer. Instead, he said he wanted to stay in the car and watch the hub cap. He also said something about selling it on eBay if I came back with no chafing or finishing chute puke.
What a jerk.
The Convention Center (and its bathrooms) was open and full of pre-race warmth so once inside I texted CLTrunner hoping for a meetup. SR kept me company while we waited…and waited…and waited.
Finally I got in line for the restroom. SR was a little nervous hanging out in the hall by himself, so he promised to cover his eyes if I’d take him where no SR has been before…
Yes, I asked a total stranger to take this pic.
SR and I went back to waiting, and ran into Mark Remy! Who knew he’d be at a random race in Charlotte? Apparently he really wanted to run with SR. Good thing I spilled all that G2…it was gonna be a crowded back pack!
People were starting to head down to the start, so Mark and I practiced our best race pic faces so we’re bring our A game to the photographers.
Yes, people stared at me when I took this….but people would stare at you too if you were this pretty, DUH!
Getting to the start was pretty congested. School groups meeting up to run the 5k almost completely blocked the path to the start line. I missed the National Anthem. I missed the “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!” NASCAR touch they did last year. Nope…all I saw was a lot of people moving and a wall of humans blocking my way. Boo!
Before I could pout, Andre the Giant showed up and bull dozed his way though (Everybody move!!) and I drafted him in…about 4 min behind the clock. I felt good the first mile, which is down hill, and used that time to pray to the Goddess of Mercy…thanking her for keeping me safe during my car accident and asking her to allow me to take on some of Gumbo sister’s pain, if she was in any. While I dont know if it helped Gumbo’s sister, I was def feeling it once the hills hit!
There’s not too much to say about the actual race. The rolling hills, while decent, weren’t the soul crushers of my last Pikermi. Even though it was obvious I wouldn’t come close to PR, I was making decent time and it was one of those races in which the miles flew by…I swear I was hitting the markers every 5 minutes. It must have been some SR magic. Crossed the finish in 2:18:24. I think I could have pushed it a bit more given how good I felt (no sign of puke!) at the end and the complete lack of soreness after the race. But even though my time was slower, I much happier with this year’s race over 2009, in which I almost broke down crying (it was my first run in sub freezing temps ever and I was totally under-dressed).
Frozzen in 2009!
No post race medal pic of myself, but I did take one of SR (We lost Mark around the full/half split…I dont think he’s retired from marathons and that totally explains why he’s sore)
. SR got a little G2 on his head but overall I think he looks pretty good post race.
Yes, people stared at me taking this too…because SR is so awesome!
Post Race celebration included waking upp Zoom, popping the hubcap back on and inspecting tire, all you can eat sushi buffet, nap time, Santa bar crawl, Christmas house party, birthday house party, then back to bars. Oh yes, it was fabulous…pics probably best left off the internet
Special thanks to SR, Mark Remy, and Gumbo’s sister for running with me. And I guess I’ll thank Coffee Cat for not selling my hubcap on eBay.