I wrapped up Week 6 of training by running a the See Jane Run Half Marathon in Seattle. It was a lovely race–well organized, and the weather was sublime. Not too hot, but sunny and warm and it was a pleasure to run alongside Lake Union glimmering and shimmering on a beautiful July morning.
This was the first time I ran a race of this distance with a cold. I was a bit worried on Friday, and as things got worse on Saturday, I actually promised myself that I wouldn’t run on Sunday morning if I woke up feeling too gross. I was relatively congested on Sunday, but I decided to go ahead and run the half anyway. I decided to just take it slow and easy.
Miles 1-5 went by relatively quickly. The adrenaline and endorphins from the running acted as a decongestant, and I was feeling pretty good by the 5 mile mark. The race was very flat, and mostly pavement. Occasionally there was an opportunity to run on trail surfaces, and I relished that. I wore my hydration pack and drank a few tablespoons of Nuun about every half mile. Additionally, I drank both water and Gatorade at every hydration station (about every 1.5 miles).
At the halfway point, I consumed some GU and started to slow down just a little bit. My miles went from 10 minute miles to 11 minute miles. I allowed myself to walk a bit here and there as I needed to.
Around Mile 8, I got a second wind and had a fairly pleasant run for a few miles. Miles 11-13 were a dusty and warm out-and-back with fairly industrial scenery on one side and the ship canal on the other. I really struggled through the last few miles, even though my pace remained at around 11 min/mile. Because my long run for Week 6 was really supposed to be 11 miles, I was just kind of checked out after Mile 11. Additionally, my cold was catching up with me after running for 2 hours. I kept drinking and kept slogging away until I made it back to Gasworks park (finish line). I was surprised by how I involuntarily became emotional and tingling as I ran toward the finish line. I assume I will be used to finishing a half marathon, that the novelty will fade, but finishing this one felt as incredible as ever. I am proud of myself for powering through the race and wrapping up Week 6. I also know that, no matter how nervous I am about the marathon in September, I will be healthier and feel better that morning than I did yesterday! If I could run a half marathon with gnarly head cold, I can run a marathon.
I’ll be back tomorrow to discuss Week 7. I started reading the chapter about it last night but fell asleep a few pages in. Today I am taking a full rest day (and eating soup and drinking lots of tea), and will hopefully start my Week 7 runs tomorrow.
I saw quite a few fellow Half Fanatics yesterday! What a fun source of encouragement during a race.