Michelob Ultra 13.1 Chicago

Well. We did it.

Somehow, my friend Laura and I managed to finish that little half marathon I was talking about earlier this year.

How? I’m not sure.

Here is a list of obstacles we experienced during training: Double-booked weekends, upper respiratory infection, knee issues (both of us), shin splints and food poisoning.

I was the one with food poisoning one weekend. Needless to say, it will be quite some time before I choose to eat shrimp again. Or ever. I may also elect to stay away from seafood-focused restaurants for a bit. It was that terrible, kids.

But let’s focus on the task at hand.

So after a morning of “I’m going to go run 10 miles” that turned into a morning of a million phone calls and tracking down paperwork because we were about to lose the house we found and so very much wanted and needed to put an offer in that very afternoon (we came out victorious, no worries), I called Laura in total despair. I told her I was going to downgrade to the 5k because I just cannot seem to find more than an hour at a time to myself for training.

She was having knee issues, so I assumed she felt the same way.

Nope. Instead, she proposed a new plan. We knew we wouldn’t run a personal best. Or even have a good run. But we signed up for a reason and we were going to finish this thing no matter what. So she suggested we do it together, take it slow and just have a really super long fun run. We were allowed to slow the pace whenever we needed to, stop and stretch or take a breather when necessary, and perhaps just crawl across that finish line.

Ok.

So we did. And  you know what?

Because when the shuttle insists dropping you at the race over an hour beforehand, you have to pass the time... PHOTO MONTAGE!

Because when the shuttle insists dropping you at the race over an hour beforehand, you have to pass the time… PHOTO MONTAGE!

It was actually fun.

We ran much slower than normal. But we only required 2 stops for a quick stretch and a few short walks through the water stations.

Miles 9-11 were pretty hellish, as in I didn’t want to talk or be happy, but by the time we were in Mile 12, we picked up the pace and finished quite strong.

Like, we were even smiling. And singing. And taking some pics for funsies.

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Granted, this is not my normal behavior during a race. I typically run it to RUN it. Why half ass when you should be hauling it, instead?

But, when the situation calls for it, I adapt. And there was no way I could have raced a half marathon without hitting a serious wall. Insert all that “I know my body” crap we always talk about. Instead, I got to experience the ups and downs of 13 long miles with a bestie.

michelob ultra 13.1 Chicago

Seventh half marathon DONE. Shower NEEDED.

We finished together at 2:18:51. A little more than 20 minutes over my average. And yes, I did have a brief moment of being hard on myself, and really wanting a do-over. But a finish is still a finish and you really can’t complain about being rewarded with a medal that doubles as a beer bottle opener.

coolest finisher medal ever

Pretty AND functional. Just like my boyfriend.

We really don’t need to discuss the rest of the weekend because we basically ate all the fried things and drank all the alcoholic things.

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The End.

Next up in the world of Amy? Becoming a homeowner. Which right now seems just like I’m autographing a lot of things and becoming really poor. I hear it’s supposed to be great, though. So stay tuned.

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10 Responses

  1. I’m with Laura. I make it a rule to stop whatever I’m doing to pose with bagpipers.

    • hahahaha- it was awesome because we remembered them from the year before, too! Personally, I was a bigger fan of the peeps playing the big drums later on…

      On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Second City Randomness… wrote:

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  2. I’m sorry you couldn’t haul ass, but it still looks like fun. Wish I could have joined you!

  3. This reminds me of the Shamrock Shuffle this year. Kelly and I knew neither of us could PR so we just ran together and chatted and played music through her iPhone.

    Good luck with homeownership. Sounds scary.

  4. The guy in the orange compression socks behind you looks like he may possibly be on the verge of death. I hope he turned out okay.

    Congrats on your half! I’ve got to say, I love your attitude about the whole thing. Running much slower than you know you’re capable of can be rough mentally, but it sounds like you’ve got the right mindset about the whole situation. And even bigger congrats on buying a house! Holy smokes! What a grown up!

  5. What a great recap! And I can’t wait to hear bout the house!

    Also… the “just like my boyfriend” comment.. hahaha.

  6. I really enjoyed your recap, and love your attitude!

  7. I’m happy you made the most of the half and had a good time in the end! And sweet medal! Good luck with the homebuying!!! <3

  8. At least you had fun, right??? And in the end, that’s usually what I care about the most!

    Good luck with the house! It’s so exciting and scary and wonderful all at once!

  9. I just bought a car today, so I totally get the autographing things and being poor.

    Congrats on your race! Lately it seems like my PWs are my most fun races.

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