Yesterday I ran my 4th half-marathon, the Hapalua half-marathon in Waikiki.
I started training for this “officially” when I got back from my trip to Tennessee. I was very go-with-the-flow on training for this because I have to be with taking my kiddos in tow for every run. I didn’t train as vigorously as I usually do. I ran probably twice a week during the week and then a long run on the weekend *if* I had time. I only got up to 8 miles as my longest long run, and that was two weeks before the race. Then because it was raining so heavily lately I didn’t actually run for two weeks before the race. Oops!
So that’s definitely not how I normally train for races, but such is life when the weather is unfit for a long time and my kids don’t always love being in the stroller for an hour and a half – ha!
I went into this with little expectations because of that. I have run this distance so many times before either in other races or during marathon training, so I wasn’t worried about finishing. I was pretty sure I could suffer through it.
So considering all that, I did great. I have really changed my expectations for running recently. When I was younger, I used to think being faster was better. I always wanted to PR or have some time goal in mind. My head is just not there anymore and I definitely think I am even slower of a runner after having two babies and being almost 30. The fact that I can still train and race and finish a race at all is more than enough for me these days 🙂
The race started at 6 AM, which meant I was up at 3:30 AM so I could get to a friend’s to carpool, get to a parking lot, take a shuttle and get there on time. That is definitely the least fun thing about races to me is how crazy early you have to get up for them! Stella was up from about 2 AM until I had to leave, so that was also really not great. I went into this race very tired because I just haven’t been sleeping well in general and then got no sleep the night before!
The race started at a famous statue of Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki. If you’ve ever been there, it’s the statue that always has leis all over his arms. It was out and back for the first six miles, then it was mostly flat until mile 9 there was a huge hill. I ended up walking most of that. Then there was another hill at mile 11.
I was already sweating buckets by barely three miles in and was dying for a water station sooner than the first one was placed. I felt pretty out of it by mile 6 but at the actual halfway point, all my nerves were gone and I knew I would finish fine. Miles 6-8 were pretty good and flat. Miles 9-11 were not great and I walked through some of that during the hills. There were a LOT of people at this race. I am used to it being a little more spaced out by the end, but I was basically running around people the entire course. I want to say there were 10,000 runners?
The circle around Diamond Head was pretty hilly and I was slowing down a lot, but there was a nice downhill for the last mile and a half and it was easy to finish a little faster. I finished in 2 hours and 38 minutes. This was definitely my slowest half. I don’t really remember my half times before, maybe 2:20s or something?
I had a lot of people ask if it felt amazing to be running without the stroller, like I was so fast but it really didn’t. I trained a very slow pace because of the stroller and so I ran a slow pace for the race. It was also THE MOST humid day in the universe yesterday. Oh my goodness. It wasn’t really too hot and the sun actually never came out, but the humidity. Omg it just kills me. I think that really slowed me down. It just felt like the air was water.
It was great to finish. I felt very accomplished and am glad I did something like this to keep me occupied while my hubby is gone. It gave me something positive to focus on and get the girls and I out of the house consistently.
I am signed up for the Honolulu Marathon later this year. This half is part of the same company/race series that does the marathon and I think the marathon follows some of the same route that I did yesterday. I thought I would leave this race feeling confident in my decision to do another marathon, but instead I felt more like “$*&(*$%! What was I thinking?!?! How am I gonna do it?!?!” But I do hope that with a lot more training under my belt and being able to do long runs without the girls soon will help. It’s not until December, so I still have time!
The thing I love most about races is seeing how so many different types of people are all runners. We may all run differently at a different pace and in very different outfits – seriously, I saw anything from like almost no clothes to fuzzy hats and long sleeved shirts and leggings?! – but we are all united by running and I love that.
I hope you had a great weekend! I am going to take it easy today since I’m super sore and maybe go get a pedicure to treat myself!
Questions for You:
- Do you run or participate in races?
- What did you do to relax over the weekend?