Happiness, hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her, stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with a drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink
The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run
Run fast for your mother run fast for your father
Run for your children for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind you
Can't carry it with you if you want to survive
The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses
'Cause here they come
And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had
And what was left after that too. oh.
I would post the whole song but that would make this very long post even longer!
Yep. Over and over it played in my head. I couldn't decide if that was a bad thing or a good thing. I knew it was on my playlist for the race though..more on that later.
I got to meet up with three people this morning I head never met, but knew who they were through mutual friends for a ride out to the start. I wish I would have taken some pictures now because we arrived in style! They were driving the pickup truck that the Montana Stockgrowers Association will be giving away at the Stockgrowers convention in December. I stole this picture from their Facebook page instead. Thanks to Scott and Stacey Hughes, and Sarah Werthheimer for making me a part of the team and making me really feel welcome. I am excited to get to know them all better.
|It says "Beef it's what's for dinner. Running powered by BEEF!"|
|Team ZIP zinc iron protein|
Miles 1,2, and 3
splits 7:14, 7:29, and 7:33
The gun went off and I worked pretty hard to not go off too fast. I kept reminding myself to run my own race every time I wanted to go to fast because someone had passed me. I really wanted to stay with Sarah, another girl on Team Beef, but she went out pretty fast so I let her go and kept reminding myself I had miles to catch her and to run my own race. I didn't have my iPod on for the first couple miles. I listened to my breathing. It was steady and even and I felt pretty good.
Miles 4, 5, 6
splits 7:21, 7:39, 7:27
Still feeling good, starting to think about picking up the pace. I saw a lot of people I knew along the route cheering for me and that I must say felt really great and made me so happy. I thought about all the encouraging comments my fellow bloggers had left me this last week and turned my music on at the start of the 5th mile. I also ate some chomps during the 5th mile.
Miles 7, 8, 9
splits 7:07, 7:30, 7:30
Mile 7 was pretty fast but it had a pretty good downhill and we went past where the 10k racers were lined up, which really gave me a boost. After that I felt like I was fighting to hold on to my pace a little, but I also knew I had a PR in the bag if I could just hold on to anything faster than 8 minute miles.
Miles 10, 11, 12, 13, and .1
splits 7:13, 7:14, 7:14, 7:10 and 1:04
Here I remembered what Britt commented on my blog. I read it this morning as I was headed out the door. She wrote "Best of luck to you girl! I know that there is a sub 1:40 in those legs. Run your heart out and have fun, enjoy being fast!" AND that song came on my iPod. You know that one that had been in my head for over 2 hours. Yep the Dog Days Are Over. I was determined that the song had been stuck in my head for a good reason and not a bad. I picked up the pace, passed some more people and kept the energy up with a couple more chomps. I felt amazing. My legs were getting tired, but my breathing was good. My mantras for the last four miles became "Go hard or go home" and "Enjoy being fast"
I crossed the finish line and saw my Garmin time of 1:36:51 I nearly cried. It was a nearly four minute PR. Official time is 1:37:06, I think the difference if from running through a tunnel and my Garmin paused, so I am going with official time. Not sure which mile it was in, somewhere in the first half. Comes out to about 7:22
I was 2nd in my age group, 9 overall female and 28th out of 380 half marathon finishers. Very happy with how I did.
The medal they gave out even looks pretty good with my racing shoes!
The finishers shirt! Not a great picture of it, but it is a Brooks technical shirt. Sadly it is unisex not female. I like it otherwise.
PS. if you haven't voted for me for Team Refuel HERE , could you please? You can vote once a day until October 15th. THANKS :)
Congrats on that massive PR and that insanely fast time!!! Seems like the running gods were smiling down on you today :)ReplyDelete
I love the beef singlet!
Way to go Christy, I new you could do it. Love the beef shirt. Definitely beef at our housse.ReplyDelete
Congrats on a new half PR!!! That's great! And congrats on 2nd in your age group!ReplyDelete
Congrats!! You are super speedy!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations! I knew you could do it with another personal record.ReplyDelete
Congrats! Speedy half marathon and WAHOO for a new PR! I love that song too, I often find myself humming it on runs.ReplyDelete
Congrats and can I just say WAHOOOOOOO!!!!! That's awesome girl!! So excited for you!ReplyDelete
I love that song! I think it was meant for some mental mojo for sure.
I also love the beef jersey/tank it's pretty darn cool!
WOW! Congratulations! I would have cried too!! ha!!!
ok I dont know that song...does that make me..old? very Canadian? no cool?...all of the above!!! who sings that?
Cnograts on placing in your AG!
Speed demon! Congrats on the PR and 2nd place in your age group! You rock!ReplyDelete
New you could do it! Great job!!!ReplyDelete
P.S. Since I'm not a "serious" runner, what are chomps?
Awesome! So happy for you. That's a HUGE PR! Woohoo!ReplyDelete
AWESOME JOB!!!!!! Congrats on the great race and big PR! :)ReplyDelete
Christy I am so so happy for you. Wonderful race! I knew you would rock it.ReplyDelete
And good that your kids has such a fun day too.
you are such a speedy lady! congrats:) :) pretty awesome!ReplyDelete
Wow, great job! I'm in awe!!ReplyDelete
Hey, if you get on the MT H2C team next year, you can visit OR, and maybe I'll get to meet you!
"Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father, run for your children for your sisters and brothers..." (That song is in my training playlist too!)ReplyDelete
And you did all of those things! Congrats on the PR, Christy!!!
Love the Team Beef shirt and that truck. I'm sure you will make the HTC for them next year.
Congratulations!! You are so FAST!ReplyDelete
AWWWWW I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!! Look at those splits? Amazing and so consistant. I KNEW you had it in you and I am so glad you conquered it so well.ReplyDelete
I know I have been MIA (running ragnar) but I have been voting for you everyday!! When I get back to work I'll start voting on all my work computers too.
WOW!! SO SPEEDY! You were on FIRE today, girl! Congrats on such an amazing race! I love the Lulu skirt on you and that's such a fun shirt (even though I don't eat beef!). Love that this was PR weekend for a lot of people! You should be so proud of yourself! You are awesome!ReplyDelete
Ahhhhh!!!! Best news I've heard all day! Whoooeeee, you earned that PR girl! Way to run those legs out! I feel so touched that I came into your mind on race morning, that honestly warms my heart. Your splits are amazing, and I am so proud of you! This is truly inspiring! GO TEAM BEEF! Whoa, just noticed that I got a little out of control with the !!!ReplyDelete
Congrats!!! Wow,You are super speedy!!! Awesome Awesome job!!ReplyDelete
Got it on my shuffle and it speeds me up! Wow, congrats on a super speedy race! Fun recap to read!ReplyDelete
You. Freakin'. ROCK. And that's coming from a vegetarian! ;)ReplyDelete
you are AWESOME! great job on your new PR. you CRUSHED it!!ReplyDelete
A 4 minute PR is incredible! What a great race! Congrats!ReplyDelete
That's amazing! Congratulations on the PR!! :)ReplyDelete
That's an amazing time! Congrats....this made my morning..to hear that a fellow blogger had a great PR.ReplyDelete
(And I love that song! http://youtu.be/iWOyfLBYtuU Any song that gets stuck on "repeat" in your head can get annoying after awhile, but I could listen to Dog Days Are Over for hours.)
I loved this recap!! I'm so happy for you and jealous of your speed at the same time. :)ReplyDelete
This is absolutely incredible christy!!! You have worked so hard! This made my day. Would write more but I am laying on the table at my chiropractic appt!! Ha ha.ReplyDelete
This is fantastic! Congratulations! You're amazing!!!ReplyDelete
Congrats, little lady!! I had no doubt that you could do it. :)ReplyDelete
Congratulations on a great PR!! And yay for your kids getting out and running fast and having fun!ReplyDelete
oh my goodness that is awesome, great job!!ReplyDelete
Congrats, awesome job!!ReplyDelete
I think you ran a perfect race, you started off slower at first, then picked it up huge near the end. I mean running sub 7:14 miles from mile 10 onward is perfect!
The truck you rode over in is awesome, haha
It doesn't surprise me that you did so well at the race, I think I thought you would get around 1:37 to 1:38, haha Awesome job!
Really stoked for you! And using you as my source of inspiration :)ReplyDelete
Congrats on CRUSHING this race!
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You Seriously ROCKED it! Absolutely SMASHED your PR Woo-hoo!!
Love the medal too!!
nice job girlie!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the PR!! It sounds like a great day.ReplyDelete
Congrats on your PR!!! Those splits and that final time I would love to have!!! Great job on your hard work!!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness you are so fast! Always getting faster too!ReplyDelete
Congrats on a major PR, I am so proud of you.