September 20, 2013

The Happiest Race on Earth....Pam's version of the race!

Christine wrote a great recap of the Half Marathon race that we ran together.  However, her sunny outlook and recap were much different than the race day I experienced.  Sometimes a race does not work out the way you had hoped. Sometimes you just are not feeling up to the challenge the morning of race day.  And sometimes you need a kick in the pants to get going.

Walking to the corrals at 4:15 am, I was already nervous about the race.  After an injury August 8th to my quad muscle, my training had not been stellar leading up to race morning.  In fact, I had more than a week when I did not wear my running shoes.  July 28th had been my last long run and that was 11 miles.  When finally cleared to run, I managed one long run in August, on the 21st and it was 10 miles.  I digress....after a fun 10k on Saturday, now we were planning to run the half marathon at a good pace, trying to break 2 hours which would be a PR for both of us.

After getting into our corral, it seemed like it was immediately time to start. As usual Disney had all the magic with fireworks for a wonderful start to the race.  Christine was very excited and seemed really calm which probably made me even more nervous.  I did not want to disappoint her.  We started out and immediately I knew the heat and humidity were going to be a problem.  However, I tried to stay calm on the outside, but unfortunately, I never got comfortable during the first 5-7 miles of the race.  Christine asked how I was doing at about mile 3 and I remember smiling and saying, "I'm doing fine."  However, I was really struggling already.  At mile 4 or 5, I told her to please go ahead, that I did not know that I could keep a quick pace and I wanted her to try for a PR.  She refused to go ahead and was very encouraging which is exactly what I needed.  By the time we got to mile 9 or 10, something clicked in and my body and mind were actually enjoying the race.  Around mile 11, I gave Christine a big smile and said, "Let's take this home, we can do 2:03."  That is exactly the time we did and I am so proud of Christine.  She gave me the courage to keep going and we had a blast crossing that finish line, especially with some extra confetti that probably was for Sean Astin....we finished right around the same time!

So proud of my girl!
      This was probably the hardest half I have run from a physical and mental standpoint.  I am ready for the
      next challenge and hopefully we will meet that elusive sub 2 hour goal soon!
      (Pam)

18 comments:

  1. No matter how many times you've done it 13 miles can seem like such an overwhelming thing to ask of your body when you're just not feeling up to it!

    I love that you guys had each other to encourage along the way, and you ladies both have a sub-2 hour 1/2 in you that's coming soon! Maybe try a race a couple of months after Dopey in the spring, I PR'd the last two years at halves in March and I think it's because I was so well trained coming out of Goofy that a half was like nothing compared to that! (And don't think I'm not signed up for that same race again already!)

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    1. Thanks Danielle. I actually ran my PR half in March, but it was after a difficult week visiting my parents when Dad was very ill. I did not have the courage to go any faster during the race, but had gas in the tank at the end. Not a good thing, but will try to remember that when I do go for sub 2 hours.

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  2. That is so amazing how supportive and encouraging you are for each other! You both did such a great job!!

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    1. Thanks Lauren, I proved to myself that I could push on a not great feeling day!

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  3. we all have those races where we struggle mentally as well as physically only to realize that we are stronger than we give ourselves credit for since we manage to squash that voice that says, "can't" and find the strength to finish. happy Dopey training!

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    1. Thanks Amanda. Dopey will be here before we know it!

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  4. You will totally hit that goal girl - it's a tough one, but SO gratifying and well deserved for ya!

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    1. Thanks Kat. I would love to get there before my big birthday in December, but we will see!

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  5. You did soooo great Pam!!! 2:03 is an amazing time! Especially at a crowded Disney race!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I am happy I got it together so Christine could PR. She is a great running buddy!

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  6. LOVED reading both perspectives of this race, you are a great team!!! <3

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    1. Thanks Krissy. I do think Christine would have run sub 2 without me though. She was really good to stick with me!

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  7. Way to go Pam, I love how you and Christine stuck together!!!

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    1. Thanks Kristen. I am lucky she stayed with me!

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  8. That's is awesome! I'm glad you stuck together and finished very close to your goal. It's proof you can make your goal very soon! When you are better conditioned and healed.

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  9. Pam and Christine, I want to thank you for your inspiration in my running journey. I was recently nominated for the Shine On Award, and this morning nominated you.
    http://dancingtorunning.com/2013/09/21/shine-on-award/

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  10. This recap reminds me so much of when I did W&D with my dad! I wish I could convince him to do another half marathon with me!

    Congratulations on the finish! You guys did a great job and its so great you cross the finish line together :)

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    1. Thanks Kellie, all races aren't perfect and it is nice to share the good, bad and ugly ones!

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