Sunday, March 4, 2012

Phoenix Half Marathon

The morning started bright and early. The race started at 7:00 but we had to get bussed to the start so we had to arrive much earlier.  Since this was an inagural event it's hard to know how well organized and on time they would be.  I got on the bus at about 5:15 and just as the bus was filling up my sister in law Dana walked on.  With a race of 1100 people I was pleasantly suprised to run into her. She ended up running a great race and had a HUGE pr. Congrats Dana! The bus took off right away but took a wrong turn on the way up but we made it to the start with plenty of time to spare.  They had music playing and plenty of little fires to huddle around.  Dana and I both said we didn't want to breathe in the smoke from the fire but it was quite cold and windy so we quickly got close to the fire.  The time passed fairly quickly and it was time to warm up.  My feet were numb but by the time the race was ready to start I was warm and ready to go.  The start was very well organized and the race started right on time.
Dana and I at the start huddled around the fire
 The first 3 miles of the race were significantly downhill and we had the wind at our backs.  I knew these were going to be some fast miles.  I was feeling good here except for my stomach was sloshing around down the hills.  I think I drank too much water beforehand.  Whoops!  I also picked up my kids cold this week so I wasn't sure how well I was going to be able to breathe once I got going faster.  I was feeling nice and relaxed until about mile 6 when a man blew passed me and at this point I started to struggle mentally knowing I was going to be heading slightly uphill and into the wind for miles 7-10.  As soon as I turned into the wind I decided I wasn't going to look at my watch and try to keep my pace strong.  It was a long 3 mile stretch.  I could see the turn at mile 10 for awhile but it just didn't seem to be coming to me very quickly.  The guy in front of me was getting further and further ahead of me and I was having a hard time breathing.  At this point I was just telling myself to get to mile 10 and then pick it up.  I did finally make it and was able to pick up my pace for the last 3 miles.  Only 1 more man blew past me and the motorcycle policeman told me the 2nd girl was 300 yards back with a half a mile to go.  This helped me to speed up a little and finish strong.  I finished in 1:19:20 something.  They announced my time correctly at awards ceremony but the results are wrong online so I don't know my exact time.  I also won my 1st ever prize money!  Woohoo!  The time was not exactly what I was hoping for because my training had been going so well and pointed towards a faster time but after having some time to think about it I am really happy with how far I have come over the last 6 months and I can only build from here.  I also need to get recovered for next weeks Bandidos 15K, where I am part of an amazing team, the Bada$$ Bandido Babes.  I will be running with Ariana Hilborn, Alex Blake, and Tanaya Gallagher.  We can win our weight in beer!  Now that's a great prize!



Derek and the kids came out to watch.  I got to see them twice on the course.

Awards Ceremony
I did learn some things from this race. You should never try something new on race day. I tried some new GUs that I don't think set well with my stomach.  I also wore some shoes for the first time in a half marathon and I think they are better for just 5ks and 10ks.  My calves are very sore today.  I also realized the most important thing is to make sure I am having fun out there! With training going so well I got caught up in expectations that lead to some disappointment.  I just need to remember I do this to stay healthy and have fun and if good times come than that is a bonus!

14 comments:

  1. Yay! Love the post-race posts :o) Love hearing that you WON too! The results are definitely wrong on-line, but you did awesome. Congrats on another great race, and on winning some prize $$!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Congrats Allison!!! Such an awesome time and first place that is just great! You are only going to continue to improve. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Rachelle! I somehow just discovered your blog. I can't wait to follow it!

      Delete
  3. You are amazing! Nice job on your race. Do you coach?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Christy! Yes, I do some coaching with my husband. If you have any questions email me @ allisondelancey@yahoo.com.

      Delete
  4. Did you run in Brooks Pure Project shoes by chance??? I did 10 miles in the Flow last week for the first time and man,did my calves and IT bands ever hurt for a few days after. I LOVE them,but realized I need to ease into them. Congrats on your race winnings!! Can't wait to cheer ya on next weekend at Bandido M2F!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Terri! I ran in the Saucony A4's. I really liked them for the 5k and 10k. I'm not sure if they are enough support for me for the longer stuff. See you Sunday!

      Delete
  5. That is so cool Allison!!!! You are so amazing!!!! What a great time!!!! Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alyssa! I read where you are doing a half soon. I hope it goes well!

      Delete
  6. Nice race! I ran about 20-30 yards behind you for the first 3 miles or so, but couldn't keep up with you after that. You were cruising! You are right, miles 7-10 were tough after the fast downhill start.

    After seeing your awesome time I looked you up to see what other races you have run. You have some impressive races.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Danny! I hope you had a good race!

      Delete