Well, I am the first to admit that if you don’t properly train for a race, then you shouldn’t overdo it. And I knew this going into the Princess Half Marathon. I knew that I had not put in the time or the effort I should have. I also knew that I could finish the Princess Half Marathon but I would have to walk it and not try and run no matter how good I felt on the course. Thank goodness I listened to my own advice, well sort of!
I signed up for the 2016 Princess Half Marathon as a charity runner. Meaning that I ran for St. Jude and was required to raise a certain amount of money. They cover the cost of the bib for me and I raise money for a worthy cause.
But here is where my twist comes. My sister was going to sign up with another charity and she backed out. I am sure she gave me a good reason at the time but I sure can’t remember it now. I have only run three races out of twelve where I had a running partner. And I so enjoy running with people I know but I have had trouble finding the right partners. Well when she backed out, I wanted to back out as well. But I knew I had made a promise to St. Jude. So I fundraised and had a few yard sales and managed to barely raise the required amount. I did manage to find two of my running friends that I have met at the races throughout the years and I did get to cross the finish line with them!
I wasn’t sure if I was going to hit my goal so there was a part of me that thought I wasn’t going to be able to race so, therefore, I didn’t need to train. Boy, was I wrong! Well, it turned out to be warmer than our previous Princess half marathons and I had not factored that into my race day preparations.
Turns out you don’t only need to train for these things, but you also need to hydrate properly almost a week out from the race. I knew that I was going to basically have to walk the whole 13.1 miles with very little running. I was signed up for the Star Wars Dark Side races in April and I didn’t want to miss those because of an injury. In turn, I didn’t get injured but I did get overheated and ended up in the medic tent after I crossed the finish line. I was fine after a banana (which I detest!) and some water. They also put a cooling blanket on my neck and made me rest until I felt better.
So moral of the story… train and hydrate properly and you won’t end up in the medic tent! But at least I finished…that’s all I have to say about this race. Definitely not one for my books!