Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Flying Pig Half Marathon {2.0} Recap!!

It happened! Caleb and I ran our second half marathon together! I have to say I wasn't too nervous beforehand, which is strange, seeing as last year I had those crazy weird butterflies in my belly about 4 days prior all the way up until the start line! This year? I had trained much harder...probably not as much as I should've, but I was much more confident in my abilities this year!

I'll admit, when my 4:15 A.M. alarm went off I questioned why in the world I chose to run another one of these?! ;) I stuffed my face with a banana and some Belvita bar-type-deliciousness, and we headed out. We got down to our corral a LOT later than last year...mostly because the two gas stations we went to before we headed downtown had nearly broken down pumps and it wasn't even 5:00 A.M. yet.

When we finally arrived at the correct corral, we all decided to pee, again. You know, that "phantom pee" feeling, because you're just so excited and nervous to cross the start line and you know you haven't had anything to drink in over an hour so there's no way you could have to pee and so you sit in a disgusting porta-potty just to reassure yourself that you won't have to stop during the race (run on sentence much?). Then we took a selfie in front of the porta-potty because hey, why not? & yes, we unintentionally matched.

This year they had the corrals start a few minutes in between each other, but we really didn't notice since we stopped for a bathroom break before hand (and we were kinda late, like I said). We saw the start line, I kicked on my awesome playlist, and took off sprinting. Caleb immediately had to remind me that if I tried to run at that pace, I'd surely die soon ;) he's so awesome. He was definitely setting our pace the entire race, and I'm thankful for that. I just get too excited and want to take off, even though that's absurd!

Surprisingly, miles 1 through 5 were kind of a breeze. I honestly hadn't thought it would be this easy, we kept a pace of about 11-12 minutes/mile throughout this and I know that made all the difference (just like Caleb said). The sun was just beginning to rise as we crossed over one of the bridges, and it was SO gorgeous. I love that you cross into Kentucky, and back into Ohio in this race. The Flying Pig is a great course with some amazing views! I love seeing the city in a way I'm not used to! City skyline, cute coffee shops, the Ohio river, etc. I love my city, and it just motivates me to explore it more! I definitely recommend this course to my fellow half-runners!!
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When we hit mile 7, its pretty much ALL uphill for nearly 3 miles. I'm talking almost a straight incline, and I forgot how hard that was from last years race. Caleb and I did a good job of jogging most of it, but I'll admit, we walked a few minutes. I witnessed something insanely inspirational when I saw a woman probably about my age, strolling her disabled sister UP this monstrous hill...I couldn't even believe it, but I can't thank her enough because it was just the push I needed.

After those crazy hills were over, we had about a mile of straight downhill, which was so GLORIOUS. Then we get to mile 10-11 and guys... I. AM. DEAD. Seriously, I hit a wall. I kept having to slow down, catch my breath, drink a crap ton of water. I truly felt like the end was no where in sight. But - I had Caleb by my side. He encouraged me, listened to me, and most importantly? He pushed me like crazy! We were there for each other and that's just what we needed.

We FINALLY turned the corner after mile 12 and I could see the finish swine (hehe)! I wanted to sprint as fast as I could, but I knew I'd probably fall over from emotions and sheer joy that I could actually see the finish line now. Last year, I cried on my way to the end, and this year? Same story. The amount of spectators and cheering going on from total strangers is overwhelming. Everyone is so amazing and encouraging! We crossed that finish line hand in hand and I felt on top of the world. It's so amazing to me what our bodies will do when we push ourselves! We are capable of so much more than we believe at times.

I'm SO so thankful for this hunk for being by my side through that entire race!

I also haven't taken my eyes off my new finishers medal. I love it!


I do have to say, I missed running side by side with my Erin, but she was there in spirit. During our race we passed a local radio station and yelled her name for a shout out! "WE MISS YOU ERIN!" ;)

I'm extremely proud of us for finishing the race, and how much we pushed ourselves! We ran this one in 2:46, which for me? Is a huge accomplishment. I'm really, really proud of that. Woo! Maybe next year I'll break two and a half hours?! #agirlcandream

In other news, I'm experiencing some serious discomfort. Obviously, pretty much every muscle in my body is constantly on fire, but my right foot is actually in a lot of pain, and I can hardly walk on it. I won't be too concerned unless its like this in another week or so. I've been icing it like crazy at work so I'm hopeful that that will help. Send me some good vibes, friends!

Thanks for reading along!!!

20 comments:

  1. CONGRATS! I ran it too, and we basically had an identical race (my recap will be up tomorrow!)... I finished in 2:49, but I was in corral F, so I was probably way behind you! :)

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  2. Thanks for my shout-out haha ;) I'm so proud of you guys!! Hopefully your foot feels better soon!

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  3. WAY TO GO!!!! that is so awesome. also i love the leggings you wore :)

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  4. The "phantom pee" that made me giggle!! Congratulations on your finish!! I would have totally cried too - what an amazing feeling! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. I loved reading this so much! I always been like 10 times before a race, I just can't help it. I didn't know you crossed over into Kentucky but that is super cool and now I really want to run this race! Maybe I can convince Becky to come run it too....road trip to Cincy?! Anyway. I get super emotional at the end too, I literally start to get choked up and then I can't breathe so I have to calm myself down so that I can actually finish the race, haha. I'm so proud of you for completely rocking this one! Congrats on your insane PR!

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    1. I'm so down for a road trip to Cincy!!! I remember after reading Kayla's recap last year I wanted to do the race and now I want to do it again!! Everyone pencil it in on their calendars :)

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  6. Yayya! Way to go! And yes, that hill is KILLER!

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  7. Yay! Congratulations! Haha nearly cried reading this post- emotional much!? Such an awesome accomplishment! I hope your foot feels better soon! Think I've fixed the no reply blogger thing - thank you so much for pointing that out to me :) Lucy x

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  8. You're a total BOSS! I can't get over how much time you trimmed off last year! You should be very, very proud! With that kind of improvement, I have no doubt you could do it in two and a half hours next year! Have you signed up already?! You should probably consider the Mini 500 in Indy! ;) It's apparently the largest half-marathon in the country or something? I hope your foot feels better soon!

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  9. Go, girl! Way to push through and have an awesome experience. (Awesome pants always help - yours are so great.) Hope your foot feels better soon!

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  10. I'm so so proud of you!!! Just knocking off half marathons :) Congrats on the PR!! I know you can definitely get under 2 and a half!! I hope your foot gets better soon!!!!

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  11. I love the name of the race. Good job guys!

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  12. AWESOME! Great job on your finish! I hope your foot isn't hurt too bad. It's nice you had someone there to keep you going during the tough miles. Love those medals! Great time too. Way to improve!

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  13. Woohoo! Way to go! Makes me want to sign up for the Air Force half this Sept :) I've never run one before but this makes me want to take the plunge! xo

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  14. Those 3 miles uphill 😖 but you did so great girl. Congrats on the awesome PR!

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  15. Congrats on an awesome race!!! And i love those leggings. Super cute! I have heard the hills are killer on this course so 2:46 sounds like an amazing time to me.

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  16. Haha the phantom pee... I got that right before my 5k a few weeks ago. Congrats on finishing such an amazing race :-D

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  17. Congrats on finishing your second half!! I hope there is nothing wrong with your foot and that the pain goes away soon.

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