Skip to main content

Half Marthon Eve Dinner & Race Day Recap

Half Marathon Eve (More)
When I say I have some amazing blog friends, that's just an understatement. You all have no idea how much I appreciate your support and good luck race wishes. To top it all off, Lindsay (from Cotter Crunch) sent me a package and card that arrived just in time to use for my race eve dinner.

In all honesty, I hadn't really thought much about my dinner plans. I had my breakfast planned, my mid- and post-race fuel all planned out, but dinner...not so much. Lindsay had told me that she had sent something my way. And here's what it was:
Seriously, girlfriend was trying to make me cry! So dinner was based completely around Lindsay's treat. Sweet Potato & Buckwheat Soba Noodles with a Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce.

Sweet Potato and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce
1 medium sweet potato, cubed
1 package firm silken tofu
Unsweetened almond milk - to consistency
1/2-1 whole roasted red bell pepper
To taste: salt, pepper, nutmeg, parsley, nutritional yeast flakes, red pepper flakes
Soba noodles (cook per package directions)
1/4 large white onion, diced
Fresh baby spinach
No-salt vegetable broth or white wine - to consistency

Steam sweet potatoes until soft.

In food processor, puree potatoes, bell peppers, tofu, almond milk, and seasonings until smooth.

In large skillet, slowly saute onions until translucent. Add in soba noodles, sweet potato puree, spinach, and broth (to consistency) and cook until spinach is wilted, reasoning if needed.

This was really tasty. It does make way more sauce than needed, so if you're not planning to freeze the sauce for later use (which I am doing), you will want to half the recipe. the next time I make this, I will also top with toasted pinenuts for added crunch and texture.

Race Day
This morning I woke up around 5:50 am (good thing too because alarm was set for 6, but on weekday mode, meaning it didn't go off). I had everything laid out and ready to go, but really started questioning my clothing because it was much colder feeling (really damp cold and windy) than expected. 

I ended up going with long pants and thankfully took a running jacket normally reserved for sub-20 degrees. I didn't shed that sucker until 6.2 miles in (which you can see in a picture by the way).

I had half of a bagel with peanut butter and banana sprinkled with cinnamon. I wasn't really hungry at all, but knew I had to eat something that would stick with me, but also digest easily. A tricky combo that one.

We got down to the start area around 7:25, and it was freaking cold. Cold as shit to be flat out honest. Everyone seemed really surprised by how cold it felt. Definitely not the forecast. I think it was the dampness that really was causing it to feel worse...and no sun. Anyway, I did good and didn't get too worked up. I think it helped knowing I had the pacers to help me out and keep me from blowing out too fast. It was sort of a comforting feeling.

I really felt good for the majority of the race. I had worried that the cold would affect my run negatively as I hadn't run in sub-40's in several weeks. I kept up with the pacers, even met a new friend along the way and held strong. I just kept smiling to myself thinking of all the encouragement you all have given me. I will admit to wishing for a ray of sunshine, just a hint at the very least. The first 6 miles were really mostly a blur to be honest. I pretty much didn't even feel the hills and inclines along the way....not until about mile 9 of course.

It was so weird to pass by my own house. The pacers were actually talking about the neighborhood and I told them we were passing by my house. Jason tried to get a picture, but he snapped just as I was cut off by someone. I really didn't start to "feel" it until right around 11 miles into the game. That's when things started to get tight, legs wanted to revolt a bit, and I started to get a little lonely and stuck in my own head. I did a few butt kicks to change the motion of my legs at least and tried to clear my head. I was soooo close. I knew it. It was mostly downhill from there (thank goodness).

Jason cheered me on again at 11.5 miles in - though I was not in the chatting mood at that point. I think he took the hint and moved on along to meet me at the finish. I stated to try to pick up my pace at mile 12 and take advantage of the downhills (finally). I was able to push it out and actually full on sprint the finish. I thought my time was 1:54:09, but right now the unofficial is showing 1:54:02. Either way, super happy with my time. I was 20th out of 269 in my age group and 114 out of 1720 women. Not to shabby for my first half!

This picture was taken right before (in Jason's words) I turned blue.
I was feeling pretty good right after the race, then I started to get colder and colder to the point where I really was fairly blue and shaking from head to toe. I probably should have gone to the medical tent, but all I wanted was to get into the car with the heat blasting. Once I get warmed back up, though I was really chilled the rest of the day, I was pretty much ok....except for some major hobbling along. Let's just say that tomorrow will not be a leg day, a cardio day, an anything but chillaxing kind of day.

Again - I want to thank all of you for your incredible support, advice, and kind words. I also appreciate those of you who followed via Twitter and/or Facebook. You guys are the best!


Popular posts from this blog

Love in Photos

In honor of Valentine's Day - Love in Photos Husband Family and Furbabies Friends Even if you're not a fan of Valentine's Day - I hope you have a wonderful day and remember the loves in your life.

I Run to Feel Alive

Today is National Running Day . Guess what I did this morning? Cycling? Nope. Lifting? Nope. I bet you thought kickboxing right? Nope. Running? But of course! I actually sort of planned my running days this week just so I could participate this year. I didn't get to run last year and didn't even know about it the year before. But running has become such an integral part of my life and who I am, that I couldn't miss this year. Basically, I run to feel alive . It calms me, it helps me work through life, it's often a reason to get out of bed. No matter how tough a run is, it makes you feel ... period. My plan was to get in 5 miles (got in 5.5 actually). It was about 10 degrees warmer this morning and definitely more humid. That always makes for a tougher run. We decided to take a different route today. Well, it was really only a few streets over different, but still. The point is we took a different street. Sometimes that's good, sometimes not. I did realize th

Vacation Day 2 - Running, Reading, Relaxing

Running This morning I woke up a bit before 7 am. Of course, we had gone to sleep by 9....on vacation no less. I had thought I might try for an outdoor run, but the temps were already a humid 83 degrees by 8 am. So, I took my run to the treadmill. I had the Food Network to keep me occupied for a pretty decent 5 mile run. Running and watching tv isn't so bad ;-) I did 3 miles, then 4 1:00 athletic intervals then finished up another mile to round it out to and even 5. After stretching and rolling (yep, brought my TriggerPoint kit ), we packed up the cooler with lunch and headed down to the beach. Not a bad way to start the day if you ask me. Beach Time & Stair Cardio We set up our little umbrella camp and proceeded to just relax. I was excited to start one of the books I brought along with me: Alice Sebold's The Almost Moon . I've read her memoir, Lucky , and her first work of fiction, The Lovely Bones . . We were out for a few hours before taking a break.