The short version: I made it in right on time at 1:59.49, and so did a lot of my crew!
The long version: here you go!
I wanted to pace Cleveland for a few reasons. A while back, I paced the 4:45 marathon group and LOVED it. It was a lot of first-time 'thoners, and even though I only did the first half I really enjoyed helping them reach their goal. In my quest to
The thing about carrying said sign? Um, you'd better do it. Because LOTS of people are counting on you. And nothing is worse than putting your faith in a pacer who blows it, right?
This is why I was a little nervous on Saturday morning. My allergies were HORRID last week, but I still thought everything was "just allergies." I had no voice when I woke up Thursday or Friday, but Saturday was exceptionally bad. My energy level was fine and I felt fine otherwise, so I knew it had something to do with these massive amounts of green pollen-filled nastiness that are falling from our trees and literally need to be shoveled/leaf-blown away daily. I diligently took my Claritin and hoped for the best.
Race morning: still no voice. WHAT?! Who paces a Pace Team with no voice?! I drank a ton of water and a bit of coffee and hit the car at 4:55am, hoping for the best. I figured in an hour or two, I'd have my nice loud obnoxious voice (you know, kinda my trademark) back, just in time for the Pace Team.
|Me and super awesome buddy, LJ!|
|Me with Debra, in from Chicago and trying a sub-2! Former BHS Rockets :)|
|The 2013 Pace Team|
|Carrying my sign|
|Heading to the start with Angel, who smiled the whole race!|
And then we were off!
Around mile 6 or so, it started getting pretty tough. My group was getting smaller; the sun was shining, and it was hot hot HOT. I kept telling them that it was going to start getting hard now, and to remember to trust their training and stay in the moment. That they could do this. The crowd support was great this year, and the crew in Tremont was nice and loud. I did my best efforts to keep the crowds yelling for our "Sub-2 Crew!"
|Me and the sub-2 crew, hamming it up|
And as we turned the corner to the finish, I picked it up just to be extra safe: 1:59.49!
|FINISHED! And hot.|
Sarah had finished about 30 seconds ahead of the pace team, so I was super happy for her! She went on to fulfill the Cross-Fit part of her fundraising: for every $5 she raised over her asking donation of $13.10, she did a burpee. She went and finished 168 burpees, and Stacy and I cheered her on! Overall, she raised over $1,400 for Roc4NB which goes directly to families in the area who have children fighting neuroblastoma. I am so proud of Sarah--she worked so hard!
|Sarah and her hubby, Rob, who both had great days!|
|True to her word: doing her burpees|
All in all, I got that finish line magic feeling without getting myself injured, which is a win-win in my book.
I do, however, have bronchitis. Oops. I guess my allergies morphed into bronchitis, and I finally did something about it yesterday. So I guess I ran a half marathon with bronchitis...? Who does that? Oopsies. Oh well!
Can't wait to shift into tri-gear for summer and continue to build upon my running fitness to hit Columbus ready for a 3:39! Happy running, everyone!