CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON 2010 ~ 3 Lessons Learned

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It was a decent race today–fell 7 minutes short of my goal, but still a PR by a minute plus.  I struggled a little with some abdominal pain from mile 6 that I’ve been dealing with this past month (possibly my gallbladder)  but was able to push thru and even tried walking at 3 different times to see if it would go away but it didn’t.  The rain that started around mile 10 was a welcome relief from the humidity.  It was not a hot day, about 65 at the start and a little muggy.
I tried to pace with John’s brother Herb (he just ran Boston last week!) and I only lasted 2-3 miles.  He was planning on a 1:50 as well .  I was struggling to stay with him; so maybe next time–he ran a 1:47!
I had to pee the ENTIRE 13 miles even though I went twice before the start…once just 10 minutes before gun time!  I even passed an empty porta-john once (which is a rarity because they never have enough on the course and there is ALWAYS a line) and looking back, wish I would have stopped and maybe I could have ran faster.  Lesson learned.
Snake count:  1…no freaking kidding!   We ran past this crappy house/garage and there stood a guy with a huge yellow viper hanging around his neck!  I can’t win; no matter where I go, they are there, even in a race with 10,000 people!  HATE snakes!!!!!!!!
Something very random happened at the finisher area!  I was trying to find John and Alex so I borrowed a cell phone from a girl next me.  As it turned out, she was someone I just “met” a few days ago on the new runner’s site I’ve been using to log my miles and chat with fellow runners (www.DailyMile.com).  It took me a minute, but I realized that she resembled “Jenny” from the website photo so I asked if that was her and sure enough, it was!!  What a SMALL world!!
I also had the privilege of meeting a veteran marathoner; a 76 year old man who drove here from Pittsburgh to run his Grandson’s first 1/2 marathon with him.  He told me he has ran over 1,000 races since the age of 30, including 10 consecutive Boston marathons in 1990-1999.  He was such an inspiration.  Ironically, I ran into him as well in the finisher area and got to chat with him a bit more (he ran a 2:17 today!) WOW!!  It really is never to late to start something.  I didn’t start running until the age of 34.  Lesson learned.
Today brought lots of PR’s & first time 1/2 marathon accomplishments for several of my friends.   That’s what it’s all about–just enjoying the ride; counting the blessings of being able to enjoy this awesome sport no matter what your age, ability, history, setbacks, challenges, pain…you run your own race, set your own goals.  It’s personal & the only person you are truly competing against is yourself.  Lesson learned.
Splits:  8:28, 8:20, 8:36, 8:55, 9:01, 8:43, 9:03, 9:16, 9:24, 8:56, 9:14, 9:14, 9:07, 8:13

2 thoughts on “CAPITAL CITY HALF MARATHON 2010 ~ 3 Lessons Learned

  1. Cool site, just now am looking at it, congrats!

  2. I'm so proud of you Deb!! You've definitely shown me that you first have to set goals – then you have to work and persevere to attain them! You are truly an inspiration!

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