Since I was so focused on the training for my first half marathon, I never really thought about what to do AFTER the race! I had been so determined and fixated on just completing a half marathon that I never even contemplated running another race again.
After getting back home, I took it pretty easy for about a week because, DUH, I just ran a half marathon and I needed that time for my body to recuperate. Trust me, I was on cloud 9, but I was also feeling like my body needed a rest. After about a week though, I started getting REALLY ANTSY! I was craving another challenge!! I COULDN’T WAIT TO RUN ANOTHER HALF MARATHON!!! It was honestly even hard for me to believe that I was actually enjoying it and wanting to do another one.
I started searching for some local half marathons and decided to do the Runner’s Den Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in Scottsdale. It was in December so the weather was expected to be cool and the course itself was pretty flat for the most part. It was also about 8 weeks out from my first half marathon, which would give me plenty of time to improve my pace.
As I mentioned to you guys before here, my brother-in-law Brett and his wife Alanna are super amazing runners! I was about six weeks into my training for this second half when Brett offered to pace me. I didn’t really know what “pacing” was, but I knew if I wanted to really challenge myself and improve, I should definitely accept the offer. Umm well, challenge was quite the understatement! Brett met me at about mile 5 and pushed me to the MAX!!! I seriously thought I was either going to pass out because I couldn’t breathe, that my legs were going to fall off, or quite possibly both simultaneously, but I wasn’t going to give up. I’m really glad I didn’t give up because the end result was SO WORTH IT! For those of you who have run long distances before, I’m sure you can all agree with me that you forget about the pain the moment you cross the finish line.
|Well, don’t I just look chipper!|
|Turning my last corner! Here comes the crowd support!|
|There I am on the right. ALMOST DONE!!! Finish Line Straight Ahead!|
Although this race was difficult, challenging, and even painful at times, it was the ultimate learning experience for me. Ya, I’m not going to lie, crushing my first half marathon time by a whopping 7 minutes felt SUPER AWESOME, but the best part of this particular race was the knowledge I gained from Brett, which has and will continue to make me a better runner. He was able to critique my form, my breathing, and teach me how to run while saving as much energy as possible. Since I couldn’t talk, let alone breathe, I was basically like a sponge, just absorbing all of his advice and I have still, to this day, retained that information and try to focus on it during every run. It was also nice to run with someone (or try to keep up with someone because that was literally what I was doing) who was a constant motivation, rooting you on, telling you that you could do it!
If any of you ever have the opportunity to have another athlete pace you, please do it!! It will be extremely beneficial to you as a runner.
The feelings and emotions I felt after this race were completely different than the feeling after my first half marathon in Long Beach. One was not better than the other, they were just completely different. This race was also more of a physical challenge for me than my first half marathon because I was truly being pushed beyond my physical capacity! The opportunity to have Brett pace me was also an amazing learning experience.
|The pain, the challenge, ALL WORTH IT for this PR!!!!|
After the race, I was on cloud 9
again, had a huge filling breakfast, and then treated myself to an hour
and a half massage and a manicure/pedicure! Ahh tis the life 😉
I apologize for the lack of pictures! I didn’t realize I would be so into this blogging stuff back then 🙂
- Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
- Temperature: I believe it was in the 50’s when the race started (nice and chilly) and turned into a beautiful day in the 70’s!
- Size: Approximately 1,200 participants in the 1/2 marathon (almost exactly half were women)
- Course: It was pretty flat for the most
part, with a couple areas toward the end of the course near the Indian Green Belt that had a slight incline (memory fading from when I was concentrating on not dying).
- Scenery: Arizona is gorgeous so I have no complaints here. It wasn’t out of this world or anything like that, but we ran on major city streets, through the Indian Bend Greenbelt, and the mountains in the backdrop are always nice. It started and ended in Old Town Scottsdale, so running near the stadium and golf courses was pretty cool, adding to the change of scenery as well.
- Difficulty: HARD AS HELL (well that could be my personal experience too)
- Crowd Support: Not so much. I sort of expected there to be a lack of crowd support, as this was a er race. However, the people that were out there were really awesome! Got a few honks from people driving by too.
- Overall Atmosphere: It was a nice race, nice course, but very . I was expecting it to be , so I was not disappointed. A bonus was there was no traffic getting out! I would not recommend this as your first half marathon though because you want your first half marathon to be amazing filled with tons of people rooting you on, holding crazy signs, and all the “race day fluff” that goes along with it 🙂
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