Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon
I'm not sure how I feel about my hydration belt either. It bounced so badly at the start of the half, I had to dump my back two water bottles within the first 3 miles. Ugh. Should've gotten a medium belt but then Big A would never be able to use it. My shirt is also cute but too short to wear with the belt. It kept un-tucking and annoying me.
The route was nice and flat! A little headwind at mile 4 but it felt good coming back in at mile 9. I almost puttered out around mile 9...then I told myself, 'you know your legs can do this; it's all in your head' and I did it. I pushed myself to catch a lady I'd been running with and then Big A and then kept going. I finished out really strong with a faster-than-running-slower-than-sprinting jaunt in the last .2 miles. I love finishing strong!
Squirt was so mad when I ran past him. Moose & Amber ran after me to the finish line, but Squirt was too little to keep up. Luckily, Big A picked him up and carried him to the finish (nice daddy!). But he was still mad that I'd left. Hence the crying and eating all of my recovery food. What a sweetie pie - love him.
I think Moose will be a runner yet. He was so excited to follow me to the finish. Then we turned around to go get Daddy and ran after him to the finish, too. I love this kid!
Another Team S Club half marathon complete! I've been contemplating a full (of course, don't I change my mind every other week?), but talked to Big A. I'm going to (try to) wait a couple years and get stronger in my running. Then we'll take off for a weekend or so to a bigger marathon and run one there - well, I will; Big A's still not sure. And I do plan on doing the run-walk-run method if I do. But that's a ways off. For now, I'll enjoy my running (most days).
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