Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Georgetown Half Mary Race Recrap

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of my stomach rumbling. I’ve been ravenous for two days straight now, which is always the case after I run a race. Yup, that’s right, this weekend was the Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon and I raced (and I use that term very lightly) in the event.

It was a great weekend, not only did I race, but I got to meet two awesome bloggie friends and catch up with two other great bloggie friends. The fun started when Jill and Marcia picked me up and we headed to Idaho Springs to pick up our race packets and eat lunch. “Leave it to the last minute me” had to register for the race and then we headed over to Beau Jo’s Pizza Place to load up on carbs (read as: crap). One of us may have also had beer with our pizza; I’ll let you guys figure out who that was. Hint: I will NEVER learn.



We met Shana and her husband Brian at the pizza place and had a great time discussing the race, our families, half marathon PR’s, stomach issues, and blogs. You know, all the things a group of runners talk about when they meet up.



We had a great afternoon and I really enjoyed meeting Shana and her husband Brian and Marcia and hanging out with Jill again. Miss Jill planned a lot of our weekend and spent a lot of time hauling Marcia and me around, even though she herself was not racing. She’s such a sweetie; if you don’t know this chick, you really should get to know her!

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Race Re-crap!!

Ok, now on to the race. Jill, Marcia, and I got to the start line pretty early. The race started at 8500 ft, so it was cold and I was shivering in my tank top and shorts. Shana was already in the porta potty line and Marcia and I made a beeline straight for her. Beer and pizza the day before had left my tummy rumbly and Marcia was in the same boat. The line however, was NOT moving very fast, so we had to start the race with full bladders (and colons).



Ok, now you all know what happens next -we start, we run, we finish, so instead of writing out a race report, I’m going to just highlight some of the things that I learned from the race.

1.) Pacing is good. I started off slow instead of my normal “bat out of hell” pace and it really helped me later on in the race. By mile 7, I had settled into a pace in the lower 8:00s and I was pushing a 7:37 pace the last mile trying to make up some time from my two porta potty stops. I am learning how to pace!
2.) Powerade is not good for my stomach in a race. Neither is beer and pizza the day before the race
3.) Squatting over the toilet at mile 10 does not have the same feel as it does at mile 4. Might as well just sit right on down shaky legs and NO there is no time to line the toilet with toilet paper. Just pray no one has peed on the seat.
4.) If desperation sets in because there is no toilet paper, the cardboard TP holder wipes just as well. It’s just a shame that I had forgotten about the baby butt wipes that Shana had supplied me with that morning. They were in my pack and probably would have been less chaffing.
5.) Walking through the aide station is a total waste of time; I need to learn how to funnel the cups.
6.) I really CAN run hills when I am well rested! And at altitude!
7.) Runner friends don’t blink an eye, but congratulate you when you exclaim “My time was 1:57:16 and with two poop stops!” You just can’t share that little tidbit at the office.
8.) Maalox can be used as a post race recovery drink. And the minty flavor leaves your breath fresh and inviting. Really it does.

I made it to the finish at 1:57:16 extremely happy to be done with the whole thing.

Jill and I met up with Shana and Marcia (who both rocked that race having come from sea level!!!!) and went to find some chow. Along the way, we found Beth and her husband Ken and it was great to catch up with them. Beth actually ran a PR this race!



All right, you all know the rest. We ate, drank, recovered, and took a picture with a moose (yes, totally normal in Colorado), and went home. Until next time!





27 comments:

Slomohusky said...

fun tara! maybe next year i will do it with all of ya. i was just thinking about mid summer race for colorado in 2011.

aron said...

awesome job, congrats on a great race!! sounds like a lot of fun too :) i love having a bunch of friends at races!

Katie A. said...

You did great! I always add the potty stops to my time when I tell peeps! They just don't get it!

Hmmm...pizza and beer used to be my go-to pre-race meal, now it's indian food - go figure!

Sad I miss all of you! Next year, I promise!

Molly said...

I am jealous with a capital J about your bloggie meet up....baby wipes, hmmmm, I'll have to add that to the list.

Great job chickie!

Jill said...

That Jill DOES seem like such a sweetie, not at all only thinking of herself, I DO need to get to know her :). You always make the time I spend with you so much fun...whether it's at the pool or the mountains for a weekend where we had to endure unwashed sheets on the bed, you totally make me laugh. Next race = no poop stops!! xo

FruitFly said...

I enjoyed reading the things you learned. I made a mental note of them to myself so I can hopefully learn from you and maybe NOT have to wipe with a cardboard roller? But hey, you do what you have to do!

Jamie said...

Congrats on a great race! That is an excellent time with 2 potty stops :) Sounds like a fun weekend with friends too!

Tara said...

Slomo, I think that's a great idea! You should definitely come run this race; it's beautiful!

Jennifer said...

I love hearing the same story from different points of view! In either case everyone had a blast! And you pushed through some crap, so, well done!

misszippy said...

I'm so jealous of you guys all getting to meet up! And you had a good time, even if you weren't happy with the race results!

ajh said...

Loved numbers 3+4 and esp. 7!!

Running with all those friends must have been a blast!

ShutUpandRun said...

Great re-crap my friend. Get it? RE- CRAP!!! I am so hilarious. It was fun to see you for that short time...and again in a couple of weeks when we can watch other people run while drinking our beer.

Slomohusky said...

Hi Tara - you can click the FB Badge on the blog to stay in touch. thanks for commenting!

Teamarcia said...

Love the recrap! It was so much fun to meet and hang with you, despite the angry colons!

onebadrunner said...

Wow. That was great!
No 4-post review? I'm disappointed.

I'm impressed. You did great.
Now get back to work!

Anne said...

What an entertaining race report! Great time, especially considering the poop stops :)

Anna said...

Aww, fun. I was considering doing that HM too but time just got away from me this summer. You did great with two shit stops!!!

HappyTrails said...

So much FUN! HOW did you start the race with a full bladder AND a full colon??? Yikes! AND, sleeping on unwashed sheets??? Sounds like a real adventure weekend! Loving the pizza - mmmmmm! And yes, isn't that Jill-girl a real sweetie??? :-)

Keri said...

Sounds like a fun race! You crack me up!

Are you in an open coral in Chicago? I am and am trying to run under four hours. I cannot believe it is in eight weeks!

Iron Mike said...

Totally didn't notice you called this a Recrap. You are hilarious.

Tricia said...

so fun to get to meet up with everyone

Julie said...

Hi Tara,
I loved this post/race report! Damn, when and the hell am I going to meet you and all of the other very cool Colorado girls? I love bloggy meet ups and this one looked like a blast:)

Awesome job on your half marathon! You had a great time for the Biffy stops...nice work! I hope that your marathon training is going well! Take care Tara!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

Sounds like a totally fun day. I'm soooo very very very jealous of the shivering race start. Can't wait to experience that this winter. Fun recap! Congrats! (important tips too :)

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Together We Save said...

Sounds like a good time!! How awesome you have so many friends to share it with!

Ulyana said...

congrats on a great race!!!! how fun!

Adam said...

That is awesome!!! Way to get the sub 2 hrs!

can you even eat pizza w/out beer? I didn't think they made it that way?