Saturday, April 4, 2009

Mission Complete

Well, I finished my 15-K - and my hip feels great! :D

Pre-race pic: (excuse my pasty self and my weird eyes...I think they look different colors or one looks really large. Hmmm.)
I'd never raced in pants before, but when I found out it was 40 degrees this morning, pants it was. I also had to chug-a-lug this guy before I got out of my car. No vodka was added, that I can assure you.

I know, I know....aspartame, yuck yuck yuck. But, it's kind of a ritual of mine to have one before each race and before my long runs. I really feel like they make me run faster...maybe it is just in my head? Either way, it's my one guilty pleasure and I'm stickin' to it!
I started out my first mile a little fast for me (8:00), but I was all amped up (see above pic) and really didn't want to slow down. My pride takes over during a race, and I really have to force myself to slow down. It's hard to do because who likes it when people pass them, ya know?
I picked 3 girls to 'follow' in the beginning, but they all took off between miles 3 and 5. Lucky for me, I found a hot firefighter (or a cute guy just wearing a firefighter t-shirt, either way, it works for me here) and followed him to mile 8. I told myself I was going to pick it up during the last mile, and I sprinted the last 0.3 miles of the race. And guess who I passed? 2 of the 3 girls from the beginning. It made me feel a lot better knowing that I'd saved my energy for the end. I did feel like I was going to puke for a second, which I actually thought was funny because I just commented on Kelly's blog that I am not a post-race puker. I think God was just testing me?
Here are my official stats:

time: 1:15:14
pace: 8:06
It feels SO good to have met my goal!!! This whole day I've been a bit euphoric, because not only 6 months ago I couldn't even run one mile because of my hip. So for any of you who are injured, have been injured, or will get injured in the future: don't ever give up hope that you can get back out there! It sounds incredibly cheesy, but so many people tried to get me to give up running. It is such a passion of mine, though, and I was determined to hit the pavement again. I'm starting to sound like a serious after-school special, so I will stop. :-)
I hope you all had a wonderful Saturday!


Missy said...

Congrats!! You did amazing!! Such an inspiration to me since I feel like I could never run that far!

Anonymous said...

Great job on the run!! You did an amazing job and you are very inspiring!! :)

lesley said...

Congrats on your run!!! : ) : )

kristen said...

That's so awesome, congratulations!! You did SO well, what a great pace! You're definitely inspiring, I can't wait until I'm able to run a 15k!

Zesty Cook said...

Excellent job on the Run!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Congrats on your race, and way to pace yourself. Great finish too - 8:06 pace? Impressive my friend!

No shame in the Red Bull - many runners swear by coffee or energy drinks before a race...Me? I need coffee just to drive myself to the yoga studio. :)

Have a good week, and I'm so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

omgosh! holly! congrats! thats so exacting =) not only did you make your goal - but your not in pain!

Erica said...

KICK Butt! You did freaking awesome :) Great job on the last push too! You just rock. The pic of you is adorable! I think your eyes look just fine :)

HangryPants said...

Awesome job! Glad you didn't puke. This made me feel a lot better aboutnot being able to run last week!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Running a 15k in less than 80 minutes to no small feat.

healthy ashley said...

Wooohooooo congratulations!!!! My favorite part is how proud you felt afterward! You rock- and you're FAST!!!!

carla said...

SO impressive!
and, though not important since we are SOO not focusing on the vessel :), you look so cute to boot.


Holly said...

Thank you guys - you are all so sweet and encouraging!!!

Anonymous said...

GO YOU! Congratulations!! Am super happy for you.

- Sagan

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Holly that is AWESOME! Yea for your hip and for your time!