It’s official: I survived my second half marathon.
Although there were about 6 Lululemon Run Club/Employees at the event, I ended up running alone for most of the race, simply because I was planning on running about 10:30s, and most everyone else was planning on 8:50s.
As a group, we only ran one lap around that track that we were starting at because we were running late. Which worked well for me, since I was at the back of the starting lineup, the first mile was going to be a warmup pace anyway. My playlist was set up pretty perfectly, if I do say so myself. 😉 I started with Florida Georgia Line’s new song, “Cruise,” which was the perfect pacing for a warmup!
*this vid is just audio, but it’s an awesome song, so it’s okay ;)*
After that, I had the pretty typical hip-hop beats for a while. Which I really only listen to when I need to get fired up, since I normally don’t like the lyrics, just the beats and the tune. When the song “Outta Your Mind” (Lil Jon feat. LMFAO) came on, I just started visualizing the routine from So You Think You Can Dance. It was great! It gave me a break from thinking about running! I’m going to have to plan that kind of music more often!
If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, or just love the routine as much as I do, here’s the link to a video of an amazing dance routine! (Embedding has been disabled on this video, I’m sorry!)
And let me tell ya, when Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” came on, I started thinking, “Well, I’m not shaking, but I sure am jiggling!” 😉 Yes, I talk to my music, if you can’t already tell. I like to think that I’m not the only one who does this. . .
I may have had some choice words for Flo-Rida when he started singing about a “Good Feeling,” cuz there wasn’t a single good feeling at mile 9 when I thought I was on mile 10. I’m gonna blame that brain fart on being blonde. 😉
So while I was conversing with the artists on my playlist, I noticed that I was playing leap-frog with two other girls my age (they were running/walking, while I was just at a solid jog.) Girl number one was in a Lululemon CRB in Flash (which I had actually thought about wearing!) and girl number two was in a Lululemon Run:For Your Money in Pow Pink (I am so jealous, I want that top! It was so cute!)
Flash girl, during her running intervals, was running with her spine hunched to her right, as if she was doing oblique crunches. She must have been in pain. I felt bad for her, so I kept an eye on her to make sure it didn’t get any worse. (When she was walking, she had great posture, she only hunched to side while running.) We met up around mile 3, so we ran almost the whole race together. Pink girl and I met up ’round about mile 8. So the three of us got to run the hard part together.
Oh, did I mention that miles 10.5-12.25 are UPHILL? In the sun? In the dirt? No? I forgot to mention it? Oops. Well, now you know. 😉
Once we hit mile 10.5, we started running on the un-paved fire road on the side of the freeway. In the sun. Uphill. Ew. This part of the race is the only part that is out-and-back, so you know that as soon as you round the cutting point, you’re gonna be running downhill. The anticipation for that point makes the uphill seem reeeeeeally long.
All three of us, Flash/Pink/me, managed to go around those beautiful orange cones that marked the end of the “out” part at pretty much the same time. I started walking so I could hydrate without swallowing too much air and take a gel. So with that, both Flash and Pink were in front of me. I started running again when the Nike+ GPS lady told me that I had just passed mile 12.5. YES!! ALMOST THERE!!!
So I started running, and even picked up the pace a bit. My quad, which had been quiet the whole race (it was tired, but not hurting) decided that I was now going too fast and started to bitch at me. I told it that if wasn’t going to fall off, that it needed to shut up and get with the program. So on we went.
I passed Flash first, and she was in her walking interval. As I passed her, I turned so I could give her a huge smile, yell out, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” and wave in that “follow me” sign language. She started laughing, and picked up the pace, and we were off! Running a bit faster than we had been.
Then we came up to Pink, who was walking at that point. Just like before, I turned to her, gave her a huge smile, and yelled, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” with the “follow me” hand gesture. Sure enough, all three of us were running together, pushing ourselves to get the damn race over with. 😉
Flash dropped off first, round about the 12.75 mile marker, followed by Pink, not too much later. I was in my mode, though, so I kept going. And when I saw that 13 mile marker, and the Nike+ GPS lady told me I had gone 13 miles, I kicked it into overdrive. Dredging up my old sprinting skills (7th grade Track & Field, anyone?), I made it over that finish line.
I kept walking around so I didn’t cramp up (there were a few people there who never got that memo; I felt pretty bad for them) and headed over to the shirt pick up. (At this point, I hadn’t even looked at the medal I was handed. I was just concentrating on that fine line between drinking a lot of water without throwing it up.) And then I saw it: a HIPPO!!! The mascot for the Jungle Run 2012 was a hippo! I LOVE LOVE LOVE HIPPOS!!!!! And it had this cute little bird sitting on it’s head! I got so excited! And yes, the girl who handed me the shirt started laughing at me. I’m totally okay with it. It’s a hippo!!!!! 😀 hehehe
Well, by this point, Pink had crossed the finish line and was talking with her boyfriend. I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She had a huge smile on her face when she said, “Thank you so much for egging me on! I wouldn’t have finished as strong as I did without you!” Yeah, that made me feel pretty good. 😉
I kept walking around, and ended up seeing Flash, talking to her mom and dad. So, again, I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She started laughing and said, “Thank you so much! You helped me finish!I was keeping up with you the whole race! Thank you for pushing me at the end!” Yeah, I was on cloud nine. 😉
So by the end of the day, I had run 13.1 miles (not including the .25 mile warmup), high-fived two race-path volunteers, egged on two runners, and got a hippo medal and a hippo shirt. I’ll take the soreness and stiffness today and handle it with pride for that awesome of a race. 🙂
Have you high-fived people while racing?
Have you been either the egged or the egger in a race? (are those even real words?! hehe)