It might be a few days before I can run again…or walk correctly.
Despite the soreness and nine, yes nine, painful blisters on my feet and toes, I plan to do another half.
But first, let’s rewind to Saturday night. I wanted to be in bed by 9 in order to be rested before my very first half marathon. But my sister was in labor in California and I was receiving updates via text. At about 9:15, I decided I had to go to bed. I had to because I knew it might take me a long time to fall asleep. The night before my 10K in October, my mind and heart raced for hours while I tossed and turned, willing them to slow down and let me sleep. I did not want a repeat of that.
But I felt my heartbeat quicken as soon as I got under the covers. And my mind jumped from remembering the night I went into labor with T Junior to what the Seattle Half Marathon was going to be like. At least I was prepared this time, though. After 30-45 minutes of this, I realized what was going on and I began a little controlled breathing. In-2-3, then out-2-3. In-2-3, out-2-3. It worked.
Until I woke up at 11:30. (I drank a lot of water yesterday.) But, I was kind of glad to be up because I checked my phone and my sister had delivered her healthy beautiful baby girl not that long before. I called her and she sounded tired. “You just completed your own marathon,” I joked. But, really, all us parents know her marathon is just beginning. I just didn’t want to scare her.
So I was awake again. In-2-3, out-2-3. I fell asleep and did not open my eyes till 3:30. Yes! I still have over an hour of sleep left!
I told my running buddy Heather about this in the car on the way to the race. She said, “You got up at 4:30?!”
Well, it was 4:40 actually because I wanted to have time to do everything. I wanted to drink my coffee, eat my peanut butter toast, check e-mail. I did not want to be late. I wanted to be in Heather’s driveway at 6. In the end, I didn’t get there till 6:08 and that’s only because I kept turning down the wrong roads to get to her house. I’ve never driven there in the dark before and I couldn’t read the signs. I was getting really grumpy that I kept doing this, too. There was a lot of swearing at the windshield in my husband’s sedan.
My mood lightened immediately when Heather got in the car. She was so relaxed and funny, as usual. Not at all jittery or distracted like I was. Thank goodness for her. She also kept me calm while we waited for 15 loooooong minutes in the line to get into the parking garage. I was freaking out a little.
We ended up parking right across the street from the starting line. I decided not check clothes because…get ready for this…
It was 50 degrees! At the end of November, that’s unheard of. It was warmer than normal and not raining. Heather and I walked up a couple flights of stairs in the parking garage and crossed to the starting line, then immediately headed to the line for the Honey Buckets. There were so many potties, so the lines were not long.
We made our way through the thick blanket of people to the 2:45 pace group. I never even saw any of the other pacers. It was so crowded. The Seattle Times says there were 10,751 runners, but I’m not sure how many did the half and how many did the full or the walks.
It was about 7:15 and I was ready to go! I had to do something, so I took some pictures.
Then Heather snapped one of me.
for a few things, like water stations, elbow room and hills.
h, because her husband and son were going to meet her at the finish.
I knew you would have a good race, but I'm still amazed at how great you really did! I'm glad the blisters won't hold you back from doing our next one! :)Heather M.P.S. I still don't know how to comment unless it's anonymous…probably a user problem 🙂
Great recap! Worth the wait.. not that I was checking very often… okay, I was…Seriously, you did so good! A half marathon is no easy run through the park, and you knocked that out like you'd been running them for years.Not everyone can run 13.1 miles, so you certainly have joined a bit of an exclusive group.Now is probably not the time to think about a marathon though because you will say “Hell no!” if you have to choose now, with blisters fresh on your feet and your achy legs hampering movement.But when you start to feel more of that pride, and when the blisters subside and pain dissipates, you might think about it some more. Or you could try and run another half. Or a 10K. Or a relay race. Whatever you choose to do, you've proven that you can set a goal and achieve it. For that you should be commended.And display that medal with pride!
Awesome recap! And Ecxellent time! You did so great!!!I hated that “man-made hill” of the onramp! That was the beginning of the end for me last year, total torture! And that tunnel? Unforgiving! I feel like I could actually use your recap as an extension of my own! :)It is so funny because I saw a woman with her hair down too! It was so long! Way past the middle of her back, and I thought of Tall Mom too! And all the body smells! SICK! At once point after mile 5 along Lake Washington a dude ran out of the Honey Bucket and everyone around gagged as the smell permeated! I could not handle it! Then, then! At mile 9 some specatotor was smoking! his cigarette smoke invaded my lungs and everyone else around me! I was so angry! If he wants to smoke fine, just dont do it and blow your smoke in my face while I am running! Geeze!So much I left out of my recap! Maybe I will do an addition to mine!You did so great!! I am not sure what is next, I was thinking along the lines of marathon…we will see! But until then there is a 12k in Kirkland on Dec. 20. the 12k's of Christmas, I am planning on doing that one!
congratulations!!!!!you did great!
Thanks you guys! I wonder why I was so grumpy in this race. What a dummy.
Congratulations!!! Sounds like you had a great race. Maybe you're next half will be in Vancouver in May and I'll see you there… it's a beautiful run 🙂
Oh Kerrie, it broke my heart to hear that you were not happy at the end of the race. I feel awful that I wasn't there to take your sprint-to-the-finish picture that I planned on doing. I was looking for your WSU cap and blue shirt, but I couldn't find you before the race. I wish I could have met you and Amanda near the fountain! Bummer. 🙁 But, you did an AMAZING job and came in under your goal time (totally knew you would!). Be proud! Like LB said, a half is not an easy race. 🙂 Congrats, Kerrie! Your recap is perfect…I swore/grumbled before every hill too. 🙂 Brutal! Luckily I didn't see anyone on the side of the road like you did, that's a scary situation. Or anyone get sick, either. I'm proud of you for conquering those hills like a pro. 🙂 You rock!
By the way, I think that you wearing the boxer pin was very special, and that's great that you saw a boxer along the way. I'm sure AJ is proud of his momma!
You guys are so sweet!
Congrats and great job! That was an awesome recap! I love the pictures, especially the one of the start line. You probably did tick some people off! Sorry about the blisters … that's rough! And definitely go with the Garmin … I love mine!
Congrats!!! You did awesome with all those hills! Just think how fast you would have been is you had run my flat 1/2 marathon here on the East Coast…and you guys are funny calling them Honey Buckets. I had never heard them called that before. Wish I could have you as a running buddy!
Wonderful job on the half! I love the pictures. The one your husband took after the race is great. The blisters sound sooo painful. So do those hills.
I'm so proud of you, honey. Don't think for a minute that that boxer was there just by chance. Someone wanted you to know he was there with you.
Kerrie, you ran an awesome race. I'm so happy for you. Be proud of your accomplishment! I felt a little sad for you that you were lonely after you finished. Your blisters sound painful but I bet they were totally worth it. Congrats again. You totally rocked it!
I think I saw you on your phone and could not even imagine texting while running! You are quite the multitasker!
You all bring tears to my eyes. Thank you for your kind words!
Oh man kerrie, that was one of the BEST race re caps I have ever read! I felt like I could picture everything you were saying! At the beginning when you talked about how you weren't sure if you couldn't sleep I actually felt nervous. LOL I am so happy for you! This is just such an amazing accomplishment and something you can take credit for! YOU did this just YOU! It is people like you that make me feel like I can accomplish things(such as 13.1 miles). Way to go girl!!!!!
OMW… a few thoughts.1. Your Breathing to fall asleep idea is SMARt, I am totally going to use that.2. I never thought about breathing in people's scents in a sea of people, thanks for that, now I wont be able to forget it. Hey maybe at my height I dont notice it as much.3. Blisters….Hmmm.. We need to get you new shoes or socks ASAP…you should not have to deal with Blisters.. Seriously!!4. Way to tackle the hills!5. Love that you stopped to pet the Boxer and wore the pin on your hat…it is the little things that keep us going.6. I ALWAYS struggle with having my kids come to watch vs. worrying about getting them ready and having them in a crowd of people. We usually get a sitter.7. Congrats to your sister, her Ultra has just begun.8. The Finish area is a ZOO…so glad you were able to get some Milk and meet Amanda…she will make anyone smile.9. WAY TO GO!! You beat your goal, awesome.10. So I think you, Zoe, Amanda and Me (I) should do a race together…well start together and then meet up after to EAT.. Let me know if you have any ideas. I am thinking 1/2 Marathon in early spring??
Am at work(high school)reading your blog and “tears of pride in your accomplishment” are flowing down my cheeks! Keelie and I run (jogging for me!) the Race for Cure (3.2 mi)every May and I felt the emotions you described resurface in me! Congrats and ALWAYS have someone meet you at the finish line! Seeing Keelie at the end of the race and hearing her cheer me on is priceless! Aunt Karen
Congrats girl you DID IT! And you did GREAT! Be very proud of yourself–you look wonderful!
Congratulations. Your pix are great and it is obvious you had a great time. Sorry to hear about your blisters.. I am fortunate, never, ever had one…It seems we were close. I also saw the girl in Interlaken receiving help between mile 9 and 10. I think she was OK, but I wondered if a fire truck leaving the station before crossing Boylston/Eastlake Bridge after mile 10 went to her help.Take care, and keep runningsincere-leelizzie lee
CONGRATS!! You did a fabulous job! I hate blisters SO much! love the pics too!
Way to go Kerrie! A Half is and of where the chaff is separated from the kernels. Anyone can kind of fake their way through a 10K. But it takes conditioning and determination to make it through 13.1 miles.I'd be concerned about those blisters. I used to have the same type of problems on the longer runs until I changed socks. I ended up in Road Runner Dry Road Elite socks. Not cheap (like $8 per pair) but just like that all the blister issues disappeared.Congratulations and thanks for taking the time to give us the blow by blow report!Now – you deserve a day or two off (ulike me – I was just procrastinating). Take it easy and get healed.
Just found your blog – Great job! I ran my first half in October and loved it! Girl, go get you a Garmin 305 – Best Buy has them marked down to $139! 🙂
You win lol! I think it's awesome that you remembered so many details from your first half marathon. I love all the pics and it looks like it was a really pretty course.