Monday, October 7, 2013

Heroes on Hines half marathon results

Saturday was the Heroes on Hines half marathon and 5K race.  The proceeds were to benefit a memorial for fallen first responders.  I decided to make this race Anna's first race in the jogging stroller which my dad and I were going to run together.  Since I knew I'd be taking it easy, I didn't eat right the night before or morning of the race.  Well, mother nature wanted Anna to sit this one out.  It was raining, humid and just not the ideal conditions for a 16 month old to be pushed in the half marathon.  So, I opted to sit her out.  This meant I would now have to run hard. 

We made it to the start line with only a couple minutes to spare.  Which was just long enough to meet a local blogger that I follow named Michelle.   We said hello, wished each other good luck and then we were off.   From the start, my dad pulled away.  I'd say by mile 3, there was no chance I'd be able to run with him.  He was cruising!  It was also at that time I was told I was 2nd female overall.  Not what I needed to hear.  That messed with my mind along with the side stitches, stomach issues and the fact I felt completely zapped of energy.  My friend, Dave, kept trying to encourage me but nothing seemed to work.  It wasn't that it physically hurt, because my legs felt OK, but I just couldn't get into a groove.   I felt like I had zero energy and hills were really taking a toll on me.  I forgot how hilly this end of Hines Drive was.   At mile 8.5 I was 3rd female overall, by mile 9 I was 4th female overall and when I crossed the finish line I finished 6th female overall and 2nd in my age group.  Clearly not my day.  Not only did I get progressively slower with each step, but I ran a disappointing time of 1:42:18.  I know that may not be all that slow of a half marathon, but it's not what I am used to seeing.  I am used to seeing 1:40 or faster.  At least over the past couple years.   I am really trying to not let this get to me, but I have a marathon in 13 days and I am stressing over the fact that this could happen then too!  All my races this year have just come so easily.  I've put up some great times and I do not want to crash and burn on the 20th.  I hope I was able to get out all of the crappy race stuff done and over with this past weekend so that my marathon is as successful as the others I have ran this year. 

Official Results:
Finish Time: 1:42:18
Pace: 7:48
Age Group Place: 2nd/51
Gender Place: 6th/292
Overall Place: 30th/595

My shirt, medal and age group award (water bottle)


  1. Those kinds of runs are no fun! Hopefully you got it out of the way so that the marathon is a piece of cake. I've had a number of runs turn down this path over the summer. It sure does zap your confidence. I have no doubt about you though--you'll rock it! And if not, there will be another marathon. ;)

  2. I know what you mean but, really, we don't do this for a living so chalk it up as a bad day and move on. I love the AG awards.

    1. Very true. This is for fun, not because I am collecting a paycheck. :-)

      I love AG awards that I can actually use!!

  3. Well, I know you just read my blog, so I can say I know just how you feel. While we are no where close in speed, we both felt fine as in legs felt great, but the rest of the body wouldn't cooperate...that really sucks! But you still did great. I can't even imagine ever running that fast. No one has ever said to me I was the 2nd female...maybe 2nd from last lol. Congrats on the AG Award! That's still pretty awesome!

  4. Btw they have extra shirts available for exchange. Email Kim Healy at