Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

Sunday at the last minute I decided to sign up for our local half marathon. It’s less than 1/2 a mile from my house and I needed to test the waters for my long run. I figured I’d run at a decent pace but not go all out because I didn’t want to get hurt. I just wanted to gauge my fitness or lack thereof since my knee debacle. I took pretty much 7 days of from anything . Ok well not Makers Mark Manhattans but whatev. I missed two or one 20 milers but #whatyagonnado.
Morning of the race I did a warm up mile then lined up…gulp…in the front. I’ve never been ballsy enough to do that. But my babysitters were there and it seemed like the thing to do.

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You can see which one is not like the others AND I felt slightly self conscience but that’s a ME problem πŸ˜‰
Gun went off and there we go. I estimated there were probably 10 women in front of me (it was a small race). The first few miles were 7 something and I forced myself to slow down. I also made a deal I would only look at my Garmin for mile splits. I felt…great, would be the wrong word but I definitely felt decent. There were 4 main girls in front of me and at about mile 5 I made up my mind that my main goal would be to pass them and stay pass them. The motivation was to try to be a little more competitive. Especially the one girl who looked my age. The miles passed and I passed them all except her until I did. And holy hell it felt great!!

I came home with a new pr 1:45 on a fairly hardish course.
4th place overall female
And
2nd place in the 30-39 age group.

I never win shit! But…oh I so did!
And a wine glass too. Really couldn’t be more appropriate.

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*my babysitters came in 1st and 2nd overrall and a kick ass 55year old spanked my ass…that’s ok. Good for them!

Have you ever won any thing from a race? Maybe even a lotto ticket? Any thing?

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2 thoughts on “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

  1. Congrats on the big race!!!! I’ve won some seriously random stuff – a mason jar, a raffle ticket, once I won nothing but satisfaction, but it wasn’t very satisfying.

  2. hello! thank you for the comment on my blog. what’s so funny is yesterday before my run i asked my husband to hand me a pair of gloves and he handed me the ones that they gave us in our bags at CIM. i’m not kidding when i tell you i SCREAMED outloud! hahaha. oof. that was such a non-fun day. i sat in a hot bath with my race kit still on for 2 hours trying to warm up afterwards.

    i was looking at your past races and it’s funny because we’ve run a lot of the SAME marathons! my first marathon was portland marathon 2011, CIM 2012.. i’ve also run eugene as well, but in 2013! eugene aka: death by bike path. LOL!

    anyways, congrats on your 1/2! i think jumping in races at the last minute is fun because you don’t have time to psych yourself out.

    i’ve won a few things… gift cards to a running store.. a mug… one time.. I WON A ROCK! okay, it’s more like a mini boulder.. i use it to prop my bathroom door open. πŸ™‚

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