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Flying Pig Half Marathon Recap

5 May

Sorry this post has taken so long to write.  I have been so tired after getting home because of the half.  As most of you know, my Dad and I ran the Flying Pig Half Marathon on Sunday, May 2nd.  This was the weekend after the Derby Mini Marathon so needless to say, I didn’t have high expectations.  I had taken it pretty easy the whole week while I recovered from the mini.

After all the fun on Saturday, we headed to bed.  I slept terribly.  I estimate that I got probably 4 hours of sleep because I couldn’t fall asleep AND I woke up 2 hours (3am) before my alarm went off!  I know that I did not get restful sleep for the time that I was asleep.  I tried to sleep for the extra 2 hours but I knew it was useless.  I’ve never had that much trouble sleeping before a race.

Once we did get up, our worst fears came true.  It was raining hard and we even saw lightening.  But, we paid for the race and we had come to finish it together so we decided we were going to do it regardless of how miserable it would be!

Pre-Flying PigGetting our oink on!

Pig Nose Erin

Pig Nose Dad

Because of the bad weather, Dad came prepared with trash bags.  We knew that they couldn’t keep us totally dry but I appreciated them keeping me warm and dry until the start line.

Trash Bag Attire

We finally left and walked over the bridge (same bridge that we would be running over later) and experienced all the fun of lightning and ran.  I felt like I was walking in puddles!  Totally not fun!

After 1.1 miles, we arrived at the start line with about 22,000 other people.  We hopped into the corrals wherever we could get in.  Dad set a goal time of 2:40 for us to finish.  Since my personal best the week before was 2:46, I told him that I didn’t think that was realistic for me.  But we had our goal in mind (my goal was just to finish).

Right before the start, thunder clapped and everyone cheered.  Kind of a neat start to the race. Then we were off.  My feet were soaked but I was really excited about running this race with my Dad.  Now, I am not a good runner.  I have a very hard time motivating myself and I have to work hard to run as much as I do in these races.  With that being said, I thought we had a great start.  I ran the first 4 miles or so and then had to stop to walk up a giant bridge.  That’s really good for me.  Dad is a much better/faster runner than me so I tried to run as much as possible so that he wouldn’t get frustrated.

Shortly after the bridge, we hit our first water stop.  It was a complete bottleneck!  We finally got through and I was disappointed to taste the water and gatorade.  They had a weird metallic taste to them.  I also remembered that somehow in the mess of all the rain and everything, I didn’t stretch at all before I started the race.  This is not good for my bad foot so I had to stop and stretch after I drank my water.

We continued on into the park and all of the steep hills.  I was obviously not prepared and it showed in the pain that I had in my foot (different from my normal injury) and the trouble I had walking up them.  I thought when I started to experience all this pain that I wouldn’t be able to finish the race.  With it only being mile 7ish I thought I was through.  In fact, I almost started crying I was in so much pain!

After we got through all the hills, it was literally all downhill from there.  I started to run (I had walked the vast majority of 2-3 miles with the pain in my foot) and found it much easier after getting through the hills.  I still had to stop and walk much more than Dad wanted to but he was determined to stick with me.  We split from the marathoners and we realized that we were at the top of a hill.  I ran down almost all of that hill (despite the toll it was taking on my knees) and was thankful to see mile 9 and 10.  Needless to say, the last 3 were really rough.  Dad made me run almost the entire last mile.  I was in so much pain (leg pain came back around mile 12) and didn’t think I could make it.  I could literally see the finish line less than 0.1 of a mile and I kept yelling to Dad  “I can’t do this” and “Don’t leave me!” but I successfully ran to the finish line!  I was never so happy to be done with a race!

Finish Swine(Taken the day before)

Dad and I finished 1 second apart.  Dad was 2:55:58 and I was 2:55:59.  That is an awesome time considering what I have put my body through the last 2 weeks, not having a good night sleep, and having water logged feet (only 1 blister!).

Post-Flying PigShowing off our Medals!

Me and Dad

Flying Pig MedalThis is a shot of the front and back of the medal.  How awesome is that!

Thanks for bearing with me as I got through all the gory details of the soggy run!  2 down 1 to go!  Can’t wait to do the Geist Half on May 22nd.  That will make 3 half marathons in 30 days!

Flying Pig Weekend

4 May

Wow…I know if has been a few days since I’ve posted.  Things have gotten a little crazy in this household.  But my big news is that my Dad and I finished the Flying Pig Half-Marathon on Sunday!  Here’s a recap of the weekend:

Dad and I decided to leave Louisville early on Saturday so that we had plenty of time to play around in Cincinnati.  Saturday was also Derby Day here in Louisville and it is always pretty crazy.  Truthfully, it was nice for a change of pace.  The Derby Festival lasts for 2 weeks and there are parties and events and LOTS of people.

Just before we hit Cincinnati, Dad and I hit up Skyline Chili.  I love Skyline and as a native of close to Cincinnati, the hubby does too.  Skyline always hits the spot.  YUM!!!  We then headed to the Duke Energy Center to pick up our packets.  Never before have I been to such a large expo!  I don’t remember the Disney expo being that large when my Dad did the marathon (but that was a LONG time ago).  We got our packets and then headed through the snake that was the expo to try and get our shirts and poster.  I also found out that we got a duffle bag as well!  Once we saw the shirts we headed to the official Flying Pig store at the expo.  Dad found a shirt that he loved but I couldn’t find a regular t-shirt (the race shirts were technical) that fit me or said half-marathon.  I saw several shirts that said 26.2 miles but since I wasn’t doing 26.2 miles I didn’t get them.  In the end, I got another tech shirt that could pass as a regular shirt.  I’m hoping to wear it soon.  We then realized that we had already spent 1.5 hrs in the expo and had to head back to the car to put more money in.

We went back through the expo to buy some GU Chomps that we had taste tested when we went around the first time.  We also passed by the Juicy Juice and Nesquik table.  Juicy Juice now has sparkling juice that they were giving out whole cans of.  I took several of each kinds.  I love juice!  We moved to the next table and Nesquik was giving out full bottles of chocolate milk!  I knew both me and the hubs would love it.  They ended up giving me 2 jugs that I was more than happy to lug around the expo.  I also got LaraBar samples (already tried the Peanut Butter Cookie and LOVE it.  I will be trying to recreate it once I find some dates!) as well as Cascadian Farm Organic Granola Bars.  I will try the granola bars soon.

I think free stuff is one of the reasons I love expos soooooo much!

Dad suggested going to a Reds game on Saturday night but after talking to the hubby, I found out they were away in St. Louis.  However, he did tell me that there was a Cyclones hockey playoff game that night.  Dad was really excited because he loves hockey.  He has been in a beginner league over the past year and uses every opportunity to see a game.

After finally checking into the hotel, we walked across the bridge and bought tickets for the game.  We then took a siesta where Dad actually slept while I made every effort too.  Alas, I was not able to fall asleep but I did wake Dad up in time to watch the running of the Kentucky Derby.  Congrats Super Saver and Calvin Borel!

Then we headed to the game!  One thing that I was really excited about before we got to the game was the mascot.

Cyclones HockeySource

Of course, Dad and I had to get a t-shirt.  Then we sat down to watch the game right behind the glass!

Cyclones

I may have gotten a little too into the game.

Cyclones2

I LOVE the mascot, Twister!

Twister

We left a little early and I still don’t know who won!  It was tied when we left.

We walked back to our hotel and got into bed a little before 10:30.  A late hockey game before a half-marathon was probably not the smartest of ideas…but it was sooooo much fun!  I will be posting my recap of the actual race later.  I thought this post was getting waaaaay too long!