Gah. It’s Tuesday after the race and I still haven’t gotten around to doing a race review/recap. What do real bloggers call them? We’ll go with race review. As this is my first review of any race, I suppose it is just best to start at the beginning. Right?
The OKC Go Girl Half Marathon is my fourth half marathon in the 5 years that I have been running. I see many woman who have upwards of 20 half marathons under their belts in the same time that I have been running and it is mind-blowing to me! I don’t know how they find the time to run and manage their lives doing that many races! I’m honestly kind of jealous. maybe that will be me someday?
I had my alarm set for 4:00am that morning, so that I could get up and have a cup of coffee in order to get things *ahem* moving. Well Master George was worried that I wouldn’t wake up in time for my alarm and got me going around 3:30. I really think that kid is going to be one thoughtful and sweet man, the way he fusses about making sure I get up in the morning with plenty of time to spare. I got up with him, fed him and put him back down and started my saturday morning long run routine. I had my clothes laid out the night before so that I wasn’t rushing around looking for anything at the last-minute or dealing with the risk of waking anyone up with my loud hunting for things noises.
The pacer shirts are pretty snazzy, huh? I looked legit! I purchased a pair of saucony ignite shorts after my last long run (before the race) because I like running in shorts, but I don’t ever remember to put on body glide, so I always chafe. These shorts were really perfect. They hit me in the perfect spot of my upper thigh to keep my legs from rubbing themselves raw nad I was really pleased with how they felt and looked during and after the race.
The weather was a bit concerning on the way to the race. The winds were slightly blustery and it sprinkled on me off and on during the drive to the starting line. The temps were around 50 degrees and i was concerned that I would be cold during the race if it rained and the wind kept persisting. The wait at the start line was really chilly and the wind quite strong, but once the coral started to fill up with the lovely runners, there was too much excitement and giggling to be worried about the weather. We were all going to run a half marathon and It felt like we were all in it together and would cross the finish line regardless of being cold and or wet.
I was lucky enough to be one of the 2:10 pace group leaders and I had never until that morning met my other pacer. She and i were able to send a few emails and messages back and forth before the race and I was really excited to meet her. she was an absolute doll. Ermida Lapic was just so sunny and welcoming and full of cheer. She runs and is a pace coach with a local running store in the area so she is a seasoned runner and i just immediately felt comfortable being around her. She wasn’t around for this photo, but I’m glad that we were able to snap it at the start line. This is Meagan and Sarah Bob who I know from a women’s group called Runhers. I adore these chicks. I pretty much talked Sarah into running the race and i’m really glad that I did. I think she had a good run and that It was a win that she needed. And look how stinking cute the two of them are. Ugh, these tiny adorable women. And me with my crazy eyes.
The race started off in the Bricktown area of OKC and was JAM PACKED with ladies! I have never run this race or been lucky enough to be in a group of women this large and it was not at all what I expected. Everyone was excited and friendly and so fun to be around. It was amazing. At 6:20, the announcements and national anthem were done with great reverence and care and at 6:30, we were off! It was really strange, but I don’t think there was a gun! I think we all just leapt into action at 6:30 and were on our way.
As we started to make our way away from the finish line, Ermida who I was kind of hoping to lean on as the more seasoned runner was having some issues with her watch. I’m not sure if it was just the gps or that so many other people were using their gps watches at once, but she was never able to get it going so she turned to me and said that it was up to my watch to keep the pace. So that happened. It was terrifying but what choice did we have!? The night before I had set my watch up to notify me if my pace exceeded 9:40 or dipped below 9:55. This was the absolute smartest thing I could have accidentally done. I got yelled at for most of mile one because I went out quite hot, surprise, suprise. From then on out, we calmed it down and the watch consistently let me know where I was with pace. I have to say it was a really comfortable pace at that and Ermida and I were able to keep it going and visit with other runners along the way for the entirety of the course.
Mile 1-13: 9’36, 9’28, 9’23, 9’41, 9’59, 9’43, 9’53, 9’59, 9’45, 9’52, 9’47, 9,48, 9,57 (at the last mile there was a giant hill and an aid station giving out beads that I was happy to recieve). I’m really happy with our splits. There were so many rolling hills and the wind was howling for the last half of the race, so I think that all in all we did a great job! Our official finish time was
We were one of the few paces teams that was over the goal time at all and that made me a little nervous, but come on who is gonna be mad at us for 11 seconds? You can eat a bag of poop if that’s you. The finish line was one of the best races that I’ve ever run, they were stocked with treats and goodies that i really think go above and beyond the price of running the race. They handed out wine glasses, had a smoothie bar, all kinds of your typical post race food and BEER. I got a great local irish red ale (without my driver’s license guys, come on) and dumped the smoothie out. I don’t like dairy in my smoothies. It weirds me out. They handed out finisher certificates which I have never seen at a race and I thought that was pretty special. I just can’t get over the atmosphere of that race. It was amazing.
Something that happened at this race that was really special to me and I will never forget was getting to cross that line with Sarah. I was a real honor and I am really glad to know that gal. GREAT DAY. GREAT RACE. I hope I can run it again next year!