May 1, 2014

Race recap: Diva half marathon Myrtle Beach

Last Sunday was the fantastically fun Divas half marathon in North Myrtle Beach.  The day started bright and early for our group as we woke at 5:00am to be ready to leave our condo at 6:00am for the short drive to the race start.  We were all wearing the awesome shirts that were designed and screen printed by Holly's husband Brian.  They looked great with pink skirts for this girly themed race!
Mitzie and Roxanne ready to go.

After parking a few blocks from the race, we took a quick photo with out lovely throwaway shirts that we had purchased the prior evening.  They would be perfect for an 80's costume party don't you think? Super classy with the off the shoulder look and sayings like "Kiss me, I'm in Myrtle Beach." We were so happy that Sami was able to put these on top of our car while we were racing and find them their waiting for us three hours later.  Isn't it amazing that no one wanted our beautiful new shirts?


After a couple porta potty visits it was time to make our way to the start.  This race has no assigned corrals but announces that you should line up at the appropriate pace signs that are in the starting area.  I had heard that runners did not pay much attention to this at the race the prior couple of years so we moved up a little further than the pace we planned to make sure we were not among walkers.  Soon enough, we were off and the first few miles went really well.  I held Mitzie back from going too quickly and miles 1-3 were at about 9:55 pace.  It was nice to see all the cute pink outfits runners had chosen and we had fun pointing out ones that we liked.  As the miles ticked by, I realized that I am not that great at keeping up a one sided conversation while running.  I was running easy, but I just could not think of fun and clever things to say.  So as the miles ticked by, and the weather started getting hot, I realized that just talking about when we should take our next GU etc was not very interesting!  I am definitely not the entertainer that Megan was while pacing me last month!

After the first six miles, the temperature and humidity got pretty bad.  I told Mitzie to grab two cups at every water stop, either two of water or one water, one Gatorade.  We then starting pouring one cup of water over our heads to cool down and drinking the other. The sun was beating down and with 70 plus degrees, we were hot! I could tell Mitzie was getting bored, so at mile seven, I told her that the carrot to get to mile eight was that she could wear my I-pod shuffle and listen to my teenage girl music.  We stopped briefly for me to attach the Shuffle and hand her the earphones and kept right on running. I always run with music, and she never had, but thankfully this kept her in much better shape as the miles wore on.

Our pace was still right around 10:00 and we still were on target for a 2:10 half.  This was coach Sami's goal for Mitzie and I thought this was manageable, until I heard during our car ride Saturday that she had not run Easter weekend and her longest run had been over a month prior and it was ten miles.  How does someone run a fast first half with hardly any training?  We were going to find out during the last few miles. We got through mile ten with more music and a few shady patches of road which helped alot.  At the eleven mile marker, Mitzie said she wanted to stop.  This is when I said, "I did not run eleven miles for you to give up now.  We are running and you are finishing this race strong."  Admittedly, the conditions were terrible at this point, being super hot and humid, but after running for over an hour and a half, the race was not going to be ruined because we would not run to the finish line.

Just after passing the twelve mile marker, we saw coach Sami and she had come to run with us to the finish line.  She knew immediately that Mitzie had "the look", and got her back into focus.  We pushed the last 11 minutes, with me counting down as we approached the finish line.  I am so very proud of Mitzie and know she has some amazing races in her future.  With three young children, her time to train is limited and she proved what a strong will on race day can accomplish. She definitely has the motto of our group firmly in her brain because she is truly "without limits!"


Mitzie asked if she could choose who gave us our medals and of course I said yes!
Post race celebration!

Roses, champagne tiaras and boas
It was a wonderful race experience and being a pacer was so much fun.  I look forward to having the opportunity to pace someone again. Oh and just in case you wanted to know, our time was 2:11.30!

23 comments:

  1. Congrats on another great race! I agree, sometimes it is very hard to think about neat things to say to someone else when they are running. I usually try to remember every funny story or dumb joke I know just to try and stay entertained! I'm glad you liked the race- I am hoping to make it to a Divas race sometime soon!

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    1. Sarah, you would be in girly heaven at the Diva race series. I definitely want to do another....they are so much fun and I think the swag is just as good as a Disney race. Our medals are gorgeous.

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  2. Your outfits are adorable! It broke my heart to hear that Mitzie wanted to give up. I bet she is SO glad that she saw this through. It's always nice to bribe some one with music! Great job girls!

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    1. I think everyone has a moment in a race where they would rather walk than run. I told her I wanted to stop too, but we were going to finish strong. The music was definitely a boost for Mitzie and now she is buying her own shuffle!

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  3. Great job, pacer Pam! Mitzie wanted to give up, and you wouldn't let her. Way to go, ladies!

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    1. Thanks Kathryn. We had a great time and would highly recommend the Divas race series!

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  4. Way to go Pam, I'm so glad you talked Mitzie through the rough parts and finished strong!

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    1. Thanks Kristen, It is amazing how much more seriously I took this race, knowing that I was helping someone else achieve their goal!

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  5. Great job Pam and Mitzie! I love y'alls outfits - so much pink! I need you as my pacer in a future race, I love the bluntness of you saying that you didn't run 11 miles to stop now. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you exactly how it is! :0)

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    1. Appreciate the comment Lauren. It is awesome having a pacer and I enjoyed being one too! Find one for your next race....time goes more quickly when you don't have to worry about anything but running!

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  6. First of all, I am a HUGE fan of the 80's sweatshirts - they are fantastic! Second, well done Mitzie in choosing your medal giver! ; )

    It sounds like you did a great job as a pacer for Mitzie, even if you weren't able to provide a steady stream of entertainment for 13.1 miles you did a great job at getting her through the parts where she was struggling which is what you were there for! (And I love that you admittedly listen to teenage girl music, that just cracks me up! Although maybe you should share a playlist...I am so music challenged!)

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    1. Danielle, Mitzie definitely picked the hottest guy of the group, and I wasn't complaining! LOL. I will try to put up a playlist at some point, but honestly, I am embarrassed by the Katy Perry, Carlee Rae Jepson etc on my Ipod!

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  7. Great race. Looks like a run one.

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  8. I did the San Juan, Puerto Rico running of this race last year. That part when you are handed a rose by Mr. Washboard above? Yeah, that did nothing for me for some reason. LOL My wife loved the rose though!

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    1. Aww Frank, sorry you did not enjoy the washboard medal presenters! That is one of the highlights of the Diva races!

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  9. What an amazing race for Mitzie! It's so awesome you were there helping her get there and not give up! Looks like the celebration at the end was a blast!!!

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    1. Oh Mindy, You definitely need to find a Divas race. You and your running friend Paige would have a blast at one of these races!

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  10. Awesome! I'm going to be doing the local Divas 5K when it comes here in December and I could not be more excited! Your recap makes it feel so real! Great job, ladies!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. They give great medals for the 5k too!

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  11. Loved your recap. I bet you are an amazing pacer. Looks like such a fun race. I am even more excited for this weekend.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne. I can't wait to hear all about your race this weekend. These really rival runDisney for a fun race weekend minus the parks. They are also alot less expensive!

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  12. Sounds like it was a fun race for everyone! I'll have to try the Diva series when it comes around.
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Karen, you would definitely enjoy the sea of pink! Sign up for one soon!

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