Tuesday, May 22, 2012

13.1 Miles in Titletown

There was a fair amount of drama encircling last Sunday's Green Bay Half Marathon. The unseasonal extreme heat forced the race director to close the course at 9:35am. Only ten elite runners finished the full marathon. I was lucky enough to finish the half marathon at around 9:15am, only 20 minutes before they completely closed the course.

Here's my race report. . .

This is what was hanging on the refrigerator door for twelve weeks--my Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Schedule. Every box is now officially crossed off!


We always build a "running man" the night before the race. This ensures that you have the essentials. . . socks, shoes, Garmin, SpiBelt, shades, iPod, headphones, etc. It's hard to think clearly when the alarm goes off at 4am.

Tricia's "Running Man"
I pile into the car with Drew Ehlert, Cliff Morris and our awesome "fan man", Liz, at 5:15am. Right on schedule.

Drew, Tricia and Cliff
Off to the start line. Ahhhh--look at that beautiful stadium. Gotta love the Packers.

Isn't it beautiful?
The hot weather was a force to be reckoned with, for sure. Maybe I'm a little wimpy because I've been spoiled by cool, cloudy mornings perfect for those long training runs. But I had to dig deep--really deep--to finish this one. These were my goals for the race:

1. Achieve a PR (Personal Record) time of less than 2:07:54.
2. Run the whole thing.
3. Run, but walk through the water stations.
4. Finish.
5. Live to tell about it.
Pretending to feel awesome at Mile 11
Goal #1 was abandoned at mile 5. I started walking through water stations at mile 8. I spent mile 13 approaching the finish line party at Lambeau Field at a respectable and very determined "jog."
Coming in for the finish!
My eyes may have been leaking ever so slightly when a kindly volunteer put that beautiful football shaped medal around my sweaty neck.
Look at that COOL medal!
And then, I reunited with my running pals and enjoyed a 12 oz. cup of fabulously delicious 26.2 Ale made especially for this event by Titletown Brewing Company in Green Bay. I assigned everyone a bright, bold color so that we'll coordinate well in the final scrapbook. (Actually, that was a happy accident.)
My running pals: Cliff, Drew and Todd
Driving home from the finish, this was the temperature reading in the car.


Next up, it'll be time to print my half marathon photos and make them a part of that permanent record. And that's where Club Scrap's fun Marathon Collection comes in. I love the prints because they have a framework where you can fill in your finish time with digital numbers. Way cool. 2:14:54.

Fill in the numbers to record the chip time. Nifty.
Are you training for anything? Have you caught the running bug? Some folks say I'm crazy. Last Sunday, I was only "half crazy." Can't wait to hear about what you've been up to. Pick up one of the last Marathon Collections from Club Scrap while they last!


5 comments:

  1. I'm so proud of you, Tricia! Great job!!! (and as far as I'm concerned, Goals #4 & 5 were the most important and you did both of those!!)

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    1. Awe, thanks, Ron! Yep. . . I'm alive!

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  2. Great job on the run Im just glad everone made it thur the heat that day i spent a lot of time riding my bike for help on downed runners,.I will have more photos up later this week.maybe you can find a few more of your self in here .
    http://davenixphotography.smugmug.com/Sports/Cellcom-Green-Bay-Marathon2012/23108259_JcsQBC#!i=1860652555&k=32XNdpw

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    1. Thanks for the link to the photos, and thanks for helping out there--it was a mess, I'm sure!

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  3. Yay! Congratulations, Tricia! I love, love, loved this post! I love that you built a "running man" beforehand, and I totally laughed about assigning everyone bright, happy colors to wear for the pictures. I actually did that with a friend before a triathlon (we are both scrapbookers and knew there'd be tons of post-race pictures). Great pictures of a HUGE accomplishment--can't wait to see the layout!

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