This may just be my favorite race recap! My brother came to me last fall and said he wanted to run the Flying Pig half. I told him I would love to train with him and that it was totally possible to get him to the starting line in just 16 weeks. I already decided that I was going to take a break from the full so it was the perfect opportunity to run the half! When I found out I was pregnant in December I said as long as my doctor gives me the green light I would still run this race! I felt so lucky to be able to run during the whole first trimester and continued on to the second. On to the recap!
It just so happened that my cousin Stacey was going to be in town for the Pig. I was more than excited to run with her as well since it was her first Pig experience too! My brother picked us up at 5 am to make it to the starting line early. I knew I’d have to make a porta-potty stop before the race started so I was happy to get up early! We waited about 10 minutes in the line and made our way back to the corral. On the way back I was stopped by a news crew. One of the anchors is pregnant as well so she saw my bump and asked me if I would mind being interviewed, which of course I agreed! The interview was SO fun. That pretty much made my day! My best friend saw it on TV and posted a picture on my Facebook:
Once we got to the corral we had about 10 minutes till the start. I told my brother to run his own race and gave him some last minute advice. The gun went off and we crossed the starting line. That is when I lost him. I ran with Stacey for the first four miles. I was feeling good running at a 9:45-10:00 pace. I was running more off heart rate than a specific pace. My goal was to just finish. I really wanted to run the whole thing but if I felt like I needed to walk then I was going to walk.
Stacey was feeling a little tightness in her hamstring so she told me to go on. I left her at about mile 4. We were getting ready to come up on one of my favorite spots on the race, 7th street! The street is full of people who always pump me up! The crowd is the best at that spot! I knew my family would be coming up soon so I kept an eye out for them!
I had flashbacks to last year as I was making the hill climb. I remembered how bad my legs felt at that point (about 6 miles) and how GREAT I was feeling this year. I made the turn into Eden Park and saw my family. I asked how David was doing and they said he was doing awesome which made me happy. I switched water bottles with Andy and made my way up the hill.
I kept my head down and just focused on one step at a time. Before I knew it I was up at the top of the hill and was making my way to the spilt. Again, I had flashbacks to last year of when I really debated about going with the half marathon runners, so this year it was nice to be on the left side of the street! I ate my first GU at mile 9.
My pace was in the 10’s while going up the hill. The downhill descend did bring my pace back into the upper 9’s. I thought the downhill might feel nice but was I wrong! My quads were burning the entire time! I knew the end was near so I just kept trucking along. I grabbed an orange slice from a volunteer, so refreshing!
I had pretzels with me so during the last few miles I kept snacking and drinking water. I was still feeling really good as I was heading into the 12th mile. I felt like I needed a restroom stop but since I was so close to the end I just kept going. I feared it would be hard to start back running after stopping!
I made the last turn before the finish line and all I could do was smile! I did it! I ran the whole 13.1 miles while being 6 months pregnant and I felt great! I crossed the finish line at 2:13, which is my slowest half, but I could not be more proud of that time!
Oh-and my brother ran an amazing first race! He crossed the finish line clocking in at 1:53! Such a fantastic time as a first timer on a hilly course! I’m curious to see how fast he would be on a flat course 🙂
The Pig has a special place in my heart. It was my first, and second, marathon. It’s in my hometown, it’s fun, and it gets the whole city involved! I will tell my son about this being his first race. I hope that one day he gets in on the fun and does the kids fun run!