I did it!!!

Published October 13, 2012 by Becca

I’m a lazy blogger.  Almost a week since my half marathon.  Geez.

Well I did it.  I finished my half marathon last week.  Chip time of 3:11.  Garmin time of 3:06 (didn’t include stretch and potty breaks).

I ran most of it.  Walked through the water stations.  And I walked a lot between mile 11-12.  But ran it all the way in.  My mom and step-dad were there at the finish line to cheer me on.

It’s bitter sweet now that it’s over.  I was hoping to come in just under 3 hours.  I was on pace for that up until mile 10, but the last 5k was just difficult.  I was in pain.  My feet killed.  My hips were tight.  My back was tight.  I know I’m 99% likely to improve my time for my next half marathon, so that’s always a plus.  I didn’t give training 100% effort, so it’s a minor miracle I was able to run across the finish line.  I basically did that race on only long runs.

I took a gamble bringing untested gels on the course with me.  I figured I’d be able to just choke them down with lots of water if I really hated them.  But they were mostly a win!  Hooray!  The texture is still borderline nasty.  Ever since my first taste of them, I’ve been struggling to compare them to something, but I can’t.  I’ve never had anything like these in terms of texture.  My first taste was Gu Tri-Berry and I gagged and threw half of it out because I just couldn’t get it down.  So after talking with my therapist a bit about different brands, and just squeezing some packs at Jack Rabbit (NYC running store), I opted to try some PowerBar gels in Orange and Strawberry Banana because when I squeezed the packets, it felt much looser than Gu, so I hoped it would go down more easily.  Both had caffeine, with orange having 2x as much.  Caffeine has been shown to improve performance, so I was keen to try that.  The guy at the store recommended the strawberry banana flavor (good choice!).  I also grabbed some Clif shots in Vanilla and Chocolate because my therapist said they had a bit of a thicker texture.  And finally Gu peanut butter.  Seeing if Gu could redeem itself.

I only needed 3 gels for the race and I opted for both of the PowerBars and the Vanilla Clif Shot.  I started with the PowerBars mostly because I was hesitant about Vanilla flavored gel.  The flavors were good for the PowerAde.  Orange is always easy, and the strawberry banana was actually pretty nice. They were thinner in consistency which was great, but still kinda stuck around in the mouth a bit.  I always need to take these with water I think.  I don’t know if the caffeine made a difference.  Maybe when I get faster I’ll notice.

Now on the other end of the spectrum, the Clif Shot Vanilla was GREAT.  I loved it.  As much as you can love a gel.  It tasted like Vanilla frosting.  Super smooth frosting which is weird, lol.  I still like water to wash these down, but loving the flavor helped me forget about the texture.  I’m hoping the chocolate one tastes like Chocolate frosting.  It might be awhile before I try more gels since I’m not planning to do any more long distances until the spring.

My plan now is to just focus on having fun, and hopefully getting fast.  I’m hoping by the spring I can get my 10k time to about 12:30 min/mile. That’s about 6 months time.  And I hope to be about 30-40 pounds thinner by then as well which will help.  I’m also in a running class that the NYRR club is offering.  It was $105 for 10 classes which is a STEAL in NYC.  The downside is that it’s held on the Upper East Side.  Almost a 90 minute commute from Brooklyn for me.  I’m gonna need to find something else to do in the area to make the trip worth while.  And I can only go to the Met so many times.

The first classes started with running for 10 minutes at about a 12:00 pace, walking for a minute and a half, and running another 10 minutes at the same.  I did pretty good.  I was able to keep up for the most part, though towards the 2nd half, I slowed down to about a 13 min/mile for a bit.  It was comfortably challenging.  So I believe they said the goal is to run a 5k at a 11:00 pace which would be awesome.  So yeah, as you can see, traveling for over an hour for a 20 minute run is not optimal.  But getting to run in Central Park is awesome!!  I’d like to continue runs sometimes, but I’m afraid of getting lost.  I get lost almost every single time I’m in the park.  Not that it’s a huge deal, but it’s annoying.  Especially since it’s dark by 6:30 now.

So I’m up waaaaaayyyyy too late.  I have work in the morning, and I’m doing Yoga before it.  I’m looking at about 4ish hours of sleep.  *Sigh*  Because I took a 4hr nap today.  And it looks like I’ll be napping tomorrow.  Such a cycle.  Gotta break it!

I’ll finish with some pics from my 2 runs this week.

Night time skyline. Gorgeous.

Ran along the Hudson near work this week. Gonna try and run in Manhattan more- I like it!

Great path by the Hudson!






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