Rhody Run 2011

Going into this race, I had three main objectives.

1) Don’t die.

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Yes, it’s a bit dramatic, but it’s true. I really just wanted to survive this thing. I’m a self-proclaimed non-runner and a few months ago, the idea of even running a mile without stopping would give me an anxiety attack.

Spoiler Alert: I didn’t die.

2) Don’t get injured.

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Basically, I wanted to train smart and run smart. I came up with a plan that had me only running three times a week and had me slowly increasing my mileage. For the most part, I warded off my plantar fasciitis and am only suffering from relatively minor bodily aches and annoyances.

My third goal I didn’t share really with anyone but my husband. Mostly because I didn’t want to embarrass myself if I didn’t make it.

3) Run 12k in less than 90 minutes.

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Guess what, ya’ll?

I did it.

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I know that 12k isn’t necessarily a long race, especially in the world of healthy living bloggers that run marathons in their sleep. But it’s a huge deal for me. Like, massive.

I’ve never been a runner. Even when I did cross country in high school. I only did it to stay in shape for soccer season and I dreaded every minute of it. But I didn’t dread this. Well, not entirely anyway.

I dreaded the starting corral. Being in that close of proximity to over 2,000 people doesn’t really jive well with me.

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I also dreaded Hastings hill.

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The first time I ran Hastings, it took nearly 13 minutes. The second time I think took longer because it was tacked on the end of a 6-miler and I was wiped. But I owned that bitch in under 12 minutes this time.

And my Dad was parked at the top of the mile long hill which is right by his house.

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(Pictures jacked from his facebook – thanks, Pop!)

Gawd, I am dreading seeing the official race photos, by the way.

So anyway, here are my splits:

Mile 1: 10:50
Mile 2: 10:52
Mile 3: 11:56 <- Hastings Hill
Mile 4: 10:53
Mile 5: 10:33
Mile 6: 11:05
Mile 7: 11:33
Mile 7-7.48: 4:50

Overall pace: 11:04 (As opposed to my initial goal of 12:00 min/mi)

I’m really proud of myself. Really. I even got pretty emotional crossing the finish line.

But I didn’t love the whole experience.

It’s a small town race so there weren’t a ton of spectators and the ones that there were, they weren’t terribly vocal and there weren’t any fun signs. There was a Champagne station which is cool (we were on the other side of the road so we didn’t partake though). I think the overall energy of the race was just kind of low.

I also hate the shirts.

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I don’t like that they are long sleeves, I don’t care for the material, and I hate the different logo from past years. Blech. And no medals which is whatevs. And the post-race food situation was mega lame and had a massive line so we just split. Headed to Dad’s for a shower then out to replenish our glycogen stores.

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I’m glad that I did it. And I’d like to do it again next year now that  I know what to expect. I’m hoping that my next go around, my nerves are lessened and I don’t get as anxious.

Either way, I certainly couldn’t have done it without the Huz.

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He trained with me for every single long run and many of my shorter runs. He gave me pep talks. He literally pushed me up demon hills. He’s made sure I stay hydrated. He’s been my total support system.

And he’s not stopping!

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We are signed up to do the See Jane Run Seattle Half Marathon in July!

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He’s planning on running it with me completely and all of the long runs even though he’s got a killer relay race planned for the following weekend that he needs to train for on his own as well. I think he only agreed because it’s going to be like 90% women running. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s my Dad’s reason for even considering crossing the water to spectate that race!

I’ve already mapped out a solid training plan for the next 8 weeks and I’m feeling confident.

Hopefully I don’t die.

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12 Responses

  1. That’s awesome! Looks like a fun run. My two cousins did it too!

  2. Congrats!! Fantastic finish! You should be super proud of yourself … and you’ve got the racing bug! Can’t wait to read all about it!

  3. I’ve been WAITING for this recap post! I am so proud of you…it’s seeing the accomplishments of us “non-runners” that make me want to get back out there! Honestly, it’s so much more motivating than the “oh, I ran an easy 6-miler at 9-min pace” types. Oh and your time is awesome…I would have cried too!

  4. Hooray, congratulations! I’m glad to hear that it went so well- and what a supportive husband you have!

  5. Congrats!

    Told ya it was addictive. 😛

  6. congrats Leah!! That is so awesome!

  7. I knew you could do, your amazing!

  8. Congratulations! im quite jealous though! I can hardly run a minute outside without losing my breath, and if I try to run more than that my shins hate me for days! I agree the shirts have funny logos and odd colours haha.

  9. we camp at Ft. Worden every August for almost 2 weeks….its one of the nices state parks in WA!

  10. Congrats on the race! And good luck on your half, you’ll get a medal for that one!

  11. “Don’t die!” LOL … you are hilarious!!
    Congrats!!

  12. Way to go!!! I started running for the first time 3 years ago – I ran a half marathon 2 years ago, trained by hurt my knee for another half marathon last year, and this year – just taking it easy (maybe a half in the fall). Glad you are keeping it up!

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