Tuesday, October 1, 2013

That Time That I Committed a Runner No-No

So....you'll recall on Friday I was all pumped, excited about the possibility of PRing at the Nashville Women's Half Marathon on Saturday.

Well.....

The race didn't go quite as I had hoped it would.

But I'm getting ahead of myself; let me back track.

I worked half a day on Friday and then met Owen at the house with my overnight bag packed and we took off for Nashville, making it into town right about 4pm.  After checking in at the Renaissance Hotel me and my buddy Kristan headed over to the expo, which was in the attached convention center.

View of downtown Nashville from our room

The expo was smaller than the ones I have been to at Disney but it was still nice.  I had been thinking of getting a hydration belt for awhile now and Kristan had also so we were both very happy to see the girls at the Fitletic Booth, who hooked us both up with the Neoprene Double Pouch belts and water bottle attachments.  We tried these things out at the expo and THEY DON'T MOVE!  Very excited to try them it on my 14 miler this weekend!  We also picked up some shirts from Fellow Flowers, whom I first heard about from Girls Run the 901.  I picked up their Philosophy Long Sleeved shirt and I just LOVE it!  I also picked up a finisher's shirt from the Women's Running booth.

Sign on the door of the hotel

My bib!!!

CUTE, CUTE bags!!!  

We were still done pretty early even with all that shopping and though we had dinner reservations at Maggiano's at 6:45, we decided to head over a little early to see if they could seat us early.  They were PACKED, however, and we didn't even get seated until close to 7pm.  This is where things started to go downhill - and I guess I needed big flashing lights to see that trouble was brewing but alas, I didn't see it coming.

The restaurant was crazy busy so it was pretty late by the time we got our food.  The server was very nice and suggested we try something we couldn't make at home - which gave me this BRILLIANT idea (note the sarcasm here) to try the salmon with orzo and spinach as opposed to my traditional spaghetti.  They dropped my dish bringing it from the kitchen, and then when they went to remake it, they made the wrong dish.  So it was REALLY late by the time MY food arrived.  I, of course, scarfed it down because I was starving, along with the free dessert we got for our trouble.  The restaurant staff could not have been nicer and all my food was comped, but when they brought out the wrong dish, I should've asked for the spaghetti....it was a sign!

We got back to the hotel pretty early and with an overly full tummy I passed out pretty early, but not before I laid flat Kristen out for the next morning!

Flat Kristen

My alarm went off at 5:30am and I knew right away I had a problem.  My stomach just did not feel right, to the point that I choked down my Honey Stinger waffles but couldn't even take my Energybits.  I met Kristan in the lobby and ran into Jenn from Team runDisney!


Kristan and I headed over to the corrals, which were a short walk from our hotel.  

The starting line from my spot in corral 4

Well, you can pretty much guess the rest.  The race did not really go as I had hoped.  I was plagued by tummy trouble throughout (I'll spare you the details) and finished in 2:35:29.  Still not my worst half time ever but really not what I was hoping for.  Ok, hoping off the pity train now...

My friend Heather ran Saturday and I am SO very proud of her - she reached ONE-derland, coming in at 1:58!  She is wicked fast!!!

Heather and I with our medals

All the troubles were worth it - do you SEE this BLING?????!!!!!

My results!  That 6.7 mile split was the slowest - I tried to make up for it for the next 3 miles but started to feel crappy again towards the end.

I am not sure if I will run this race again next year.  I think the Women's Running folks put on a great event but honestly, these Nashville hills are KILLER.  Of course, I said that last year too and look what happened, so I guess only time will tell. 

And I think it's safe to say that I have really learned my lesson on this one!  Come Wine and Dine, I will be dining on spaghetti folks!!!!



QOTD:  Have you ever committed a runner no-no???