2013 Wilson Bridge Half Marathon Race Recap #wilsonbridgehalf

2013 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon
CAROLINE crossed Finish at 09:30 AM US/Eastern
Pace: 11:19 min/mi
Time: 02:28:13

I am in pain! My back thighs are hurting, and I need to find out why. The race was ok. If I am honest, I don't see myself being too thrilled about running races right now. Being out of shape (having a bum knee) takes the fun out of a race. I will continue my journey. I will not give up on trying to improve my time/loose weight. Until then this is my best. Like so many have said before, weight training is a must. The only way I can see myself getting weight training in my scheduled would be to do a treadmill run every other day, and use the weights there. I formed a habit of just going to the trail for a run and that is it, but it is time to change all that.

Apart from my less than desirable performance, the provisions at the race was great. I was so happy for all the water stops along the way even if I didn't get water. The water stops helped me keep going because I saw them as milestones along the way. I did go out too fast, but I don't think I really cared, I wanted to give it my all and just hope I could keep up my pace....of course that did not happen. Small interruptions like a bathroom break, foggy shades tossed to the side, shoe laces getting untied, and horrible cramping toward the end.

Will I run this race again? It is hard to say, you know I was hurting so bad I did not even bother and get any free beer. I just wanted to go home and crawl into bed for a little nap. I remember the time when I would love to hang around post race and socialize, kind of hard to do when you are not feeling too well. And here I thought I was going to go shopping after the race in National Harbor, lol.

Volunteers, I just want to thank you for all the encouragement. I was so surprised and thankful for your cheering and enthusiasm.




Comments

  1. I'm curious to know how it felt to run in clothes you bought at the expo. I would be afraid that something I haven't run in before would be uncomfortable. How were the sleeves?

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  2. Great point! I did chafe a little, but I don't blame the clothes....still working on loosing my thigh fat..lol...sleeves were fine, I did end up tossing them.

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  3. I always have a billion things I plan on doing after a race as part of a celebration then end up being too wiped out to do anything at all really haha and volunteers definitely can make or break a race experience! For my half last week I was so surprised by all of the encouragement they we giving all the runners. My past experiences at other races consisted of them being too caught up in talking to each other to even hand out water to the racers, so it was for sure a welcome change.

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  4. You should be proud of yourself! That's not a bad time at all and I hear you about the weights. I too, do not have the time or energy for weight workouts most of the time, however, you need them. It's best to build muscle now because after age 35 women lose 5% of their muscle mass every 10 years. I found that walking on the treadmill at a 3-5% incline with a 16 lb weighted vest helped me increase muscle mass,but don't run with weights, it will seriously damage your knees. And even though I would NEVER follow her diet advice, I do recommend Tracey Andersons method workout because it works the accessory muscles and can really help you get a leaner look plus you can find the dvd's on amazon for pretty cheap. And your video is so cute, you are adorable.

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  5. First Congratulations, that is a pretty great time! So be way proud of that!!!
    I've been following you for a while, and I hope you don't hate me for saying this. But I think the reason you've gotten into so much pain, is you may have gotten so excited and the fabulous marathon bug (which is easy to get:), and went out and did a little too much before your body was ready for it.
    It took me several years to train my body to take back to back 26.2 beatings and dealing with low recovery time (generally they say it takes 1 month to fully recover all the hidden tears that your body gets from a marathon.)

    Maybe take the winter off racing, and work on just loving running again, no stress on mileage, and bring some strength training into your life build up those knee muscles so they won't bug ya anymore, and then come back next February with an awesome Central Park Marathon:) Cute video! Good luck, and hopefully you can get back to enjoying it all pain free soon!

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  6. Congratulations on a great race! Love the vlog at the end ... you should do more :)

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  7. I know you're not thrilled with the outcome of this race, but girl I think this is a great time! I'd KILL to run a half in under 12 minutes/mile! Plus you did it in pain! I'm working on getting weight training incorporated into my schedule too. Do you read Tara's blog (Sweat Like A Pig)? She has some great weight training workouts for beginners and I'm thinking of using one of those.

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  8. unless they hand me a beer along with a medal, my first direction I am headed after a race lately is home!

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  9. Thanks you, this is very valuable advice, and you pay have just inspired my next blog post!

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  10. Thank you...such a great point I am exhausted and burnt out...not sure why I thought I could keep doing the longer races on a frequent basis, so like you said no more races till February, unless it is a 5k.

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  11. Great advice, thanks!

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  12. Thank you Amy! Will go visit her blog today!

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  13. OMG I would be in SOOOOOOOO much pain if I were you! You deserve a delicious 90 minute massage! Treat yourself, ASAP!

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  14. You did a great job on your race. I can't believe how many races you have done this year! You are amazing :)

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  15. Congrats on pushing through the pain and finishing the race (and in great time too) :)!

    Digging your blog! Keep up the awesomeness :)

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  16. As I can see from your fb account you love running and everytime I see a comment on your page I feel motivated to get my ass out of bed and do some exercise for myself. So I just wanted to thank u for being my motivator I my own life... thanks

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  17. Great Job!!! Love your passion for races! I am the same, I am constantly training for my next big adventure! haha. Keep up the good work!!!

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