2014 Wallis Sands Half Marathon Recap

Hey guys!

Hope you all had an absolutely marvelous weekend! I know I did. The weather made a turn towards Spring again. We soaked it up cheering on runners at a 5k and getting to know the cows at the university on Saturday. We lucked out with the weather on Sunday too. The forecast called for rain and wind but I was overjoyed for the sunshine at the start of the 2014 Wallis Sands Half Marathon.

I haven’t gone into a half marathon like this in quite some time. I usually live and breath by training plans. I just really, really like it. This time around I didn’t have a plan. It seems like a lot longer but I’ve only built up my mileage again since my tendon injury within the past month. My plan was to run the race for fun. If it felt good to push, I would. If it didn’t, no big deal. This was not a goal race.

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Prior to the start, I got an easy mile warm up. I ran into a friend in line for the potties before meeting up with Kailey. We were starting in different waves so we chatted a bit before I went to line up.

Usually when I do a race recap, I’ll dish on the the splits. Well, that’s not happening today. My wonderful fully charged Garmin decided to fill up with too much data at mile 3. I’ve got no numbers to share.

Yes, that’s right. I ran naked.

That’s another thing that I haven’t done at a race in a very long time. It was a little strange not knowing my pace or hearing the reassuring BEEP at every mile. There were milemarkers but no pace clocks. This run really was all about feel.

So instead of the numbers, you’re getting

13.1 Thoughts for 13.1 Miles

1. At the start – Why am I tearing up to Bruce Springsteen “The Rising?” I’m such a sap.

2. Pew! That guy stinks already and we haven’t even begun to run. Must get upwind.

3. We’re off! I feel great. I am so thrilled to run. I love the ocean. It’s a gorgeous day to be alive.

4. I’m glad I wore a tank. The sun is warm. Isn’t that girl roasting with a jacket on?

5. Pew! Stinky guy is back. When’s the last time he took a shower? His hair looks like a grease pit. Must.pass.him.for.good.

6. I could really go for a margarita. #AllTheSaltPlease

7. I wonder what my pace is? I feel slow.

8. Almost time to see Ron and the kids! Maybe I should catch a ride with them to the finish?

9. There they are! Hhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!

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10. Only 5k left! You can do this. 5k’s really aren’t that bad. I would have been done running a long time ago if this was just a 5k.

11. Where did everyone go? I’m by myself? Uh-oh, losing steam. Need someone to chase to push me.

12. Holy wind! Seriously, there’s only 1 mile left and now I have to fight the wind?

13. Ok, wind. You are pissing me off. Must push. Finish strong. Head down, pump your arms, turnover those legs. GO!

.1 DONE! I need to sit down.

Official time was 1:50:04. 8:25 pace. Not a PR and not my course best. BUT I had fun. I felt good for most of the race. Despite beginning to tire near mile 9, it was a great confidence boosting race in that my tendon felt good. I felt comfortable. Could I have run faster. Oh yes. But I’m glad I laid low.

There will be plenty of other races to go fast.

How was your weekend?

How often do you run naked?

What thoughts pop into your head during a run/race?

56 comments on “2014 Wallis Sands Half Marathon Recap

  1. Well DONE!…and you looked good doing it ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it was good you were able to run naked and just go by feel, I mean, how often can you do that in a race? I did 10.2 on Sunday with no music. It was interesting. I definitely tuned into my breathing more and enjoyed the music of the birds – ha ha!
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  2. Great job and what a beautiful day to race. I love the expression on your face when you saw your family. That photo is wonderful! Did you make it to the Dairy Bar for ice cream after visiting the cows? It was one of my favorite spots to go when I was attending UNH!
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  3. Great job! I haven’t run in a while without a pace/mileage tracker, but my headphones were missing ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was completely different running without music and taking it all in.

    What a beautiful weekend! I didn’t run much, but I watched a lot of Little Leaudue and flag football ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. I loved this race recap!! Very creative. I have a hard time without my Garmin. I wind up running too fast and then losing steam. I am always just praying my stomach holds out ๐Ÿ™‚ Gorgeous weekend in NY. Can’t wait for more like it. I am getting greedy.
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  5. I’ve run without music (like today, I forgot, and by the time I realised, I was already 1km away out on the trail), often, but I haven’t run without my watch since last year.
    The race where I ran ‘naked’, my watch couldn’t locate satellites as it was so foggy! By the time it got around to locating satellites, I was already 5km in on a 8km race.
    It felt good to just go by feel, and I should do it more often.
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  6. Great job! I’m so glad to see someone leave the Garmin behind. I love the thought process as you ran. I laughed on the comment about the girl in the jacket. I swear, every single race I notice someone overdressed and it always makes me feel hotter!

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  7. Congrats Angela! So glad you had your half this weekend, and you enjoyed it! After all, that is what running is about ๐Ÿ™‚ Running naked in a race……ooooh it has been a while…..I try not to look at it though when it beeps as it panics me (either way), but while I am training alone, my coach wants to look at how I progressed afterwards….well thats my excuse anyway ๐Ÿ˜›

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  8. Loved this stream of consciousness recap! So fun to read what was going through your head throughout the race. And what a great shot of you passing the kids! Love it! Congrats on a great run!

    You know me. I’m all about running naked! Even in races, I just get my splits by hitting my trusty Timex.
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  9. I’m a training plan person, too, and last December my Garmin quit less than one into a 10 miler, it was such a strange feeling to race ‘naked’. I haven’t tried it since, but have some just miles training time this summer, so I might give it a shot on some easy, short or recovery runs.
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    1. It’s funny that even though I went into the race with the “for fun” mentality, I still had race day nerves.

  10. I ran naked at the Richmond Marathon last fall bc my Garmin wouldn’t “locate.” I got tired of trying around mile 3 and just turned it off. It was strange at first but then really freeing. I wasn’t trying for a goal then either so it wasn’t stressful. But it is really different when you’re used to checking in with it. On the other hand, I ran the Potomac River Run Marathon yesterday and I found myself glancing at that thing far too often trying to make sure I stayed on pace. I need to find some sort of happy medium bw no garmin and tethered to the garmin!
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  11. I love the way you recapped your race – so fun to “hear” your thoughts during the race! I hope you ended the day with a margarita – for the salt, of course!!
    Funny, on Saturday, Hunter and I did his first 10 mile run (part of his half training) and he said the same thing – just a 5K to go!!
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    1. It’s so funny that I crave a margarita during a hot, sweaty run but then when I finish, I can’t even stomach the idea of drinking any alcohol!

  12. First off, there have been a time or two when I’ve run next to a stinky guy. Makes me run faster because I’m sure as heck not letting his stink make me slow down. ha! I would love to run naked more often!! I think this would be so good for me. In fact, this next stretch of training, it is really important to me to try to turn my garmin around and not look until after I’m done with my run. I try to keep my thoughts on my pace and body and form but sometimes I slip up but when my thoughts wander I slow down.
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  13. I love all the thoughts!!! So funny! Sadly there’s always someone i feel the need to not be down wind from in every event I run lol I hope no one thinks that of me!! I try to spray a little of whatever bath & body work sent i have on my back before a race ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE your race picture!
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