Virginia Beach Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon Race Report

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Weeks Pregnant: 23 weeks, 6 days

Temperature when I finished: 82 degrees

Race Plan: Inhale Calm. Exhale Smile.

I went into today’s race with one thing on my mind – Enjoy the race. Going into my training for this race, I had two huge obstacles to overcoming – One obstacle stacked right on top of the other obstacle. I was recovering from a stress fracture in the shaft of my femur, and I’m pregnant. I’ve completed every training run pregnant.  Time goals were never meant to be a part of my plan although they snuck up on me as race day got closer.

After showering and laying out all of my gear last night, I got to bed around 10:30.  At 2:30am I woke up with horrible back pain. This has happened for the past 4 nights. It feels like someone drilled a hole in my lower right back, and all of the nerve endings are on fire. I tossed and turned for at least an hour.  Thirty minutes later my alarm clock went off. It was race morning.

Wake-up Time: 4am

Race Day Breakfast – Whole Wheat Eggos

Race Day attire – Nike Run Skirt. Lululemon Tank Top. Underarmor Sports Bra. Lululemon socks. Shoes. Ipod. Garmin. Headband.

Temperature when I left my house: 70 degrees, 88% humidity

I got in my car and headed for the oceanfront. I needed to be on the shuttle before 6am to avoid the road closures. I arrived at the convention center, helped myself to a banana. I ate the apple I brought from home. I used the bathroom (twice). I meet up with the Moms Run this Town group. I entered my corral. Corral #16.

Race Start Time: 7am

As soon as I crossed the start line, my excitement (and a little bit of anxiety) for the race became a reality. I made it to race day. I felt strong. I felt prepared. I felt incredibly proud of myself and the little baby in my belly for properly training for this race.

The first 5 miles were perfect. I felt good. I was having fun. I didn’t listen to my iPod because I was enjoying the race day crowd and the chatter of the runners around me.

Mile 1: 11:58

Mile 2: 13:31

Mile 3: 13:26

Mile 4: 12:58

Mile 5: 13:17

As mile 6 approached, I really had to use the bathroom. There were a few port-a-pottys scattered along the course, and every single one of the them had a line of 20+ people. I was not willing to wait that long to use the bathroom. I finally spotted one behind a band stage. There were only 7 people in line. I knew my bladder had reached its holding limit, and this was the best line I’d seen all day.  I very impatiently waited close to 7 minutes for the bathroom.

Mile 6: 17:10

After waiting and waiting, I was determined to make up sometime on my garmin. I ran hard this mile. I was feeling good. Why not? I also knew my family was up ahead waiting to say hello.

Half Way Mark - Coming in to say hello to my family

At mile 6.5, I found my family waiting for me with a HUGE smiles on their faces. I think I swallowed back tears for the 1/2 mile leading up to them. I’m still a little bit in shock that I accomplished this goal today. For those of you who don’t know, emotional crying + running aren’t always the best combination. I had a hard time catching my breath. I stopped to say hello. Kissed my husband. Kissed my son. Thanked my mom and my aunt for all their support. I was off running again.

Mile 7: 13:26

Mile 8: 13:53

This is when the race got hard. It is a boring, hot section of the race. At mile 9, my hips felt like they were on fire. Mister Moo, who happily kicked along while I ran for the first half of the course, settled into his comfort zone at this point. Right in my hips. OUCH! OUCH! OUCH! I ran until the burning became too much. I walked. I ran again once the burning eased up. I repeated my race plan to myself more than once. Breath in. Calm. Breath out. Smile.

Mile 9: 13:35

Mile 10: 13:55

Mile 11: 14:50

Mile 12: 14:09

I found Christian again at mile marker 10. I stopped to enjoy a GU and a pep talk. Dig Deep Kristy. His favorite words. I found him again at mile 12 and on the boardwalk leading to the finish.  My friend Carrie also came out to cheer me on. She found me 5 times!!!!! Their smiling faces brought me so much energy and happiness on the course. I can’t thank my family and Carrie enough!

As I made the final turn to the boardwalk, my emotions got the best of me again. I had to keep swallowing back tears and gasping for air! I did it! I put one foot in front of the other, and I accomplished something that seemed out of reach (and almost impossible) 3 months ago.

Less than a mile to go! Come on Finish Line!

Mile 13: 14:01

Final .1 (.27 according to my Garmin): 12:44 pace

Finisher Medal

I DID IT! I FINISHED A HALF MARATHON PREGNANT! I am beyond happy, proud, and excited to have the story to share with Mister Moo as he gets older. Most importantly, I truly enjoyed the race today. I pushed hard. I made sure I stayed inside a safe window of discomfort for the little mister in my belly. The race was everything I hoped it would be. It was AMAZING.

Official Finish Time: 3:03:37

Average Pace: 13:50 (Garmin)

(and for the competitive side of me that doesn’t go away just because I’m pregnant – I technically ran the course in less than 3 hours IF I can delete the potty break time!!! 🙂 I’ll take it!)

My mom and me
Cole and Christian
Me and Mister Moo
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25 thoughts on “Virginia Beach Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon Race Report

  1. Congrats!!! You are awesome!!! It will be so cool when you will be able to tell Mister Moo about his first half marathon 🙂 Congrats again!

  2. YAY! YAY! YAY! I think you are my running hero!! So proud of you and I loved every word of this post! I read it twice:-)
    I also loved when Christian told you to “Dig Deep.” Simple, yet effective mantra.
    Congrats to you (and Mister Moo!)!!!

    1. Thanks Amanda! I’ll have to post the story of “dig deep” this week on my blog. While I love the words, sometimes they make me want to smack him! haha! And they always make me push harder! It’s become a funny joke now, so it always makes me laugh 🙂

    1. OHHH Thank you! I’ve had so much fun following your blog. I can’t wait to get back to running without a baby on board. Your such a huge inspiration! Thanks for reading!

    1. Congrats to you too! I just read your race report! You did amazing! Sorry you felt so bad after the race 😦 Can’t wait to hear about your trail race. I’ve yet to run one, but I will!

  3. Congrats, Kristy!!! You are so inspiring and such an awesome mom to Cole and Mr. Moo!!! (And now he can say he ran a half marathon before he was even born!!) You are setting such a wonderful example for your family, and I cannot believe how amazing you are!!! I hope you celebrated wonderfully last night!! I was thinking about you all morning yesterday and couldn’t wait to ‘read’ how things went. CONGRATS!

  4. OMG!!!!!! Kristy you rock!!! I kept clicking on the photos to see the pictures blown up more! CONGRATS!!!!

    I was meaning to read this recap after you ran it, but I’m just getting caught up on my blog reading now – I was thinking about you though!!

    Congrats again. You are on heck of an amazing lady, mom & runner.

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