This weekend was another solo race weekend….well, kind of! Teal was off at a friend’s wedding in the Dominican Republic and I was still here in Tejas! 🙂 I might have driven to the Wounded Warrior race alone, but managed to see some friends out there! Before I could even get out of my car I saw my friends Ashley & Jason walk by. Somehow I always miss them at races so I jumped out of my car as fast as I could to catch up with them. I’d also planned on meeting up with a few other twitter ladies, but sadly we didn’t all see each other! We’ll have to work on that again for another race, Caron & Kyra!! But it was SO good to meet Shannon as well as your mom and Cory!
The half marathon started 15 minutes before the 10k, so we all parted ways. I walked up to see the half marathoners take off and chatted with a mom and her daughter who were also doing the 10K. Loved hearing about how her other daughter was running the half and she had gotten them into doing races. They’d driven up from Katy (Houston area) to participate in the Wounded Warrior race. The mom told me she would probably be the last person finished. I quickly told her I doubted it and with her run walk method she had she would be ahead of others. I was proud of her when I saw her on the back part of my race and there were plenty of people behind her. I quickly gave her a high five and told her good job and to keep it up!
Anyways, back to the start of this race, I had run this same race last year and kind of knew what I was getting into. I just kept thinking let’s get this done and over with before it’s reeeally hot out there. Off we were! Within the first half of a mile I realized they had made the course different this year which was nice because it created less direct sunlight as a lot of it was on the Campion Trail in Irving. I ran without any sort of water on me, but grabbed some at each water stop.
Thanks to my Runkeeper app I knew I was coming up on the 3.1 mark and therefore the turnaround because I might have missed it. I didn’t need to make this a longer race than it was suppose to be like I did Too Hot to Handle last year! Ha, but there was only a small sign that said turn around. Not a human being there to reassure you that you do in fact need to turn around. Turn around here? Or like this is my warning sign that it’s coming up?? A barefoot man in front of me yelled TURN AROUND and I then said this is really the turn around?? But I followed his lead and figured if I needed to I could just admit to all of you I accidentally cut my run short. That is probably my one and only complaint about the race, but I think the Race Director does such a good job with this one that I can let it slide. 🙂
Once I turned around I kind of had a need to vomit feeling hanging around me for the last three miles. I just wanted to be finished with the heat. I drank water, dumped water on myself, took cold towels from the awesome volunteers and kept chugging along. When I got off the Campion Trail I was in the home stretch for the finish line. I kept telling myself to push but not so hard that you do in fact vomit. Well, guess I did push too hard bc in the last .1 of a mile I had to pull over to the side and you know…vomit not once, not twice, but three times. Ha. See I knew my pace had a potential for a new PR, so I was having an inner struggle of get that PR yet don’t kill yourself.
I didn’t get a PR yesterday and I’m completely OK with that. I crossed the finished line running with 2 minutes and some change until the hour mark and I’m proud of that. If you look at my results online I finished 10th in my age group and 170th overall and I’m proud of that! If you look at the ladies who finished 8th and 9th in my age group even if I hadn’t have had to make my little stop before the finish line I wouldn’t have gotten there faster than them and would have still been 10th in my age group.
Thanks to April who got to see my fun incident right before the finish for checking on me! I got some water, powerade and pop ice in me and was feeling MUCH better! I absolutely love that they provide pop ice at the end of this race! Love it so much I ate three of them!
After that I hung around to see if I might see anyone else that I know plus I knew Ashley was around somewhere with their cute dog, Atlas, since she’s sidelined from running right now. 😦 Hoping your recovery time heals you up all the way, lady! Overall, it was fun just sitting and watching people finish and the soliders that were out there. Love this race! It is for such a good cause that even though it’s freakin’ hot in Texas in June it still draws a crowd! This was the Wounded Warrior Half Marathon & 10K’s third year and drew in over 3,000 runners and doubled their fundraising this year from last to over $50,000 raised for the Semper Fi fund.
I ran into Jason, Ashley & Atlas again after Jason completed his half. Congrats to you on a new PR and completing a half in that heat! So impressed with everyone that goes out there and runs the half in that toasty weather!
If you are in the Dallas area you should really consider adding this race to your schedule for next year! Like I said it’s for a great cause, but it is also a race that is put on really well!
Do you have a race that you go back to every year that despite everything else the cause gets you signed up again and again?