#VegRunChat Virtual Half Marathon Race Recap
Three weeks ago I attempted to run 14 miles and was so sick that I literally had to crawl home after 12.5 miles. Then Ragnar happened and while I loved every second, I am pretty sure it took every last ounce of energy I had out of me. Just this past Wednesday, an entire week and a half after Ragnar, I had set out to run 6 miles and had to quit after one because of a very angry SI joint. SO the thought of running the #VegRunChat Half Marathon that I had signed up for and needed to complete this past weekend seemed like quite the lofty goal. As strong as I am and as much as I tend to persevere, I just wasn’t sure I would be able to do it.
Knowing that I was going to attempt it anyhow even though I had quite literally been hobbling around all week with a noticeable limp, I took a few days off from running and dedicated my workouts to strength training and conditioning. Just sitting around was not an option for me.
Flash forward to Sunday morning- I woke up and my SI joint was still screaming. Fear and doubt filled my thoughts but thankfully my chiro hubby gave me a quick adjustment, the pain subsided a bit and I just decided to head out the door. I am not a quitter and will never be one. I had registered to run the #VegRunChat Virtual Half Marathon back in September and I intended to follow through.
For those of you that don’t know, the 2014 Virtual Race for the Animals is hosted by Veg Run Chat to raise money for the SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary. It is a 14 day event that ran from the 1st of October to the 15th.
While I have participated in several virtual races over the last few months, this was the longest distance I had singed up for and is a sorta practice run for the Rock’n’Roll half that I will be running in Vegas next month. My goal for Vegas is to run the half in under 2 hours with the ambitious goal of running it in 1:45. Since the time of day and climate will be different I don’t know much of what to expect but running a virtual half marathon seemed like a good way to see what my body was capable of.
SO after fueling with a piece of toast with PocketFuel Chocolate Haze, a cup of coffee. some Vega Pre-Workout Energizer and a bit of hesitation on Sunday morning, I finally stepped out the door. I also decided to bring hydration with with in my handheld which is something I don’t typically do but after my last long run fail where I crawled home, I was not going to chance it.
While it took me the better part of 6 miles or so to really warm up (mile 6 was a large uphill and mile 7 was a whole lot of downhill), I finally got into a groove at mile 8 and when I hit, I hit it. Somehow I managed to run the last half with all negative splits…and they weren’t downhill in the least. In fact, the last mile is pretty much a gradual incline and my least favorite hill every single time I encounter it.
There were times throughout my entire run that I doubted myself or negative self talk surfaced and I could hear myself saying that there’d be no way I could keep up the pace but in the final mile when all I wanted to do was stop, I pushed harder. Even though this was just a virtual run and there were no spectators to witness my imaginary victory step across the finish line, I gave it my all to prove something to ME…and I did.
I learned that I am so much stronger than I ever thought I could be and even with an aching back and semi-bum leg I am capable of accomplishing what I set my mind to. Not to mention that I ran every single step for a great cause and earned some pretty cool swag in the process 😉
Have you overcome any challenges lately? Who else raced this past weekend, how’d it go?