Woohoo, I not only survived my half-marathon, but PR’d! Okay, it was only by 2 minutes from my last half marathon, but I’ll take it after the last few months! I wasn’t thrilled getting up at 5 AM this morning and heading out in the cold and dark, but I’m so glad I did. And I still looked happy near the finish line drenched with sweat.
Check out the sweaty pits! :-P And I scored another medal to add to my collection.
When I ran the Urban Cow half marathon last year, I was thrilled to grab my first race medal. And terrified about running my first half. A year later and a few more medals, it felt much more casual this time.
The course for this year’s Urban Cow was trickier than last years with more hills snaking through downtown and old town Sacramento, and down and up bridges and levies. I was feeling it by mile 10 making the last 3 miles long and tough. But I enjoyed this race and the variety of live music along the course, even though none of the bands could compete with the playlist I created.
Running with a large group of enthusiastic runners of all shapes and sizes is just fun, I loved checking everyone out, comparing shoes, and looking at all the spectators flashing inspirational signs. My favorite said. “Pain is just weakness leaving your body.” And there was a lot of weakness leaving mine on the last mile! I was pushing it for a strong finish once I saw the clock and that I could come in under my last time.
But RunKeeper has been annoying me a bit lately since the last app update occasionally spiking the distance during runs in areas with weak GPS signal. It spiked so bad for hubby recently that it registered his 3-mile as a 32-mile run – he was thrilled to complete his first marathon. :-) It spiked for me twice during this race adding 4-miles to the half.
I wish I could run 3-miles in 4 minutes. :-P Anyone else using RunKeeper and experiencing this? Perhaps something to do with my older iPhone 3GS.
After crossing the finish, I was starved! And post-race food is usually lacking in vegan options and I didn’t feel like battling crowds for a few pieces of fresh fruit. Hubby, my mom, and I headed to Sugar Plum Vegan arriving just in time for Sunday brunch with all-you-can-eat vegan pancakes – oh yeah! And luckily there was plenty of outdoor seating available so no one had to smell me. :-)
Everyone pairs salad with pancakes, right? Oh man, they were awesome! Probably because it’s been ages since I’ve had pancakes and these were especially amazing in pumpkin spice and blueberry-banana flavors.
My first pumpkin treat for fall and a wonderful post-race meal that I went back for seconds on. And somehow found energy for a shopping trip to Target and a shower after. Now I’m wiped, my legs are really feeling the course hills, so tomorrow should be fun. But I’m glad the race is over and hopefully a sign that things can settle into fall now after an insanely busy summer. I’m ready for the cooling temps, raw pumpkin pies, and fall scenery.