Delaware Race Recap – Part 2!

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I did it! I ran a race completely electronic free, just for fun and relaxed! The morning of the race started as usual, I got dressed and sunscreened up & headed down to the Westin’s lobby for complimentary coffee, bottled water & bagels.

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5:30 AM.. not impressed haha.

The hotel was offering shuttle service to the start line, but it was just under a mile away, so I thought warming up wasn’t a bad idea so i walked down the boardwalk and enjoyed my coffee along the river.

20150510_095633The weather was cool & humid and ended up staying that way the whole race. I was not complaining because it was supposed to be almost 90 and humid, so we caught a good morning. At the start of the race I was really nervous with how my IT band & knee pain would tolerate 13.1 miles. The Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on April 12th was the last long run & speed work i’ve done. I really backed off of running due to the IT Band, so I knew this was not a race to “race”. I had no time goal in mind, but I thought I could walk/run a 2 hour half marathon based on my easy runs lately.

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To ensure I didn’t “race”, I made the decision days before the race, not to wear my Garmin. It would have depressed me to see slow miles pop on my watch & I needed to relax and listen to my body. Hence, I went without music as well. I have never in my life ran more than 6 miles without music–so hey! There’s a PR! πŸ™‚ I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to run happy without music, but after the first 3 miles, I just cruised, enjoyed my surroundings & relaxed. I actually never got bored!

The race winded up along the river on an asphalt path. It was SO BEAUTIFUL. Everything was lush, green & alive. Then the hills started. I was careful to slow down (IT Band pain does not do well with downhill running), but to my own surprise I didn’t need to walk much. I walked through the water stations, but other than that the knee & hip held up WAY better than I expected.

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This race seemed to fly by, but a few things I remember was reminding myself thatΒ I needed a week or two off after this race to truly recover from the IT Band. The pain never got so bad where it locked up my knee (as it did 2 weeks ago) and the pain level itself never got above a 4/10. My chiro and i decided I could run as long as the pain stayed under a 5. Another thing I took from the race was that i actually can look forward to running as I get older. Once the PR’s stop, I will be able to enjoy racing without having to always go faster. I also think I’m ready to run with more people. Maybe do group runs from a local running store or run with more friends. Random thoughts, but when you don’t have an ipod random is what happens.

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Without headphones in I was able to hear the announcer say my name & city/state as I came down the chute! I am honestly starting to prefer these smaller races compared to the big ones. I never felt crowded on the roads and the personalization on the bib, the announcement as I crossed the line, the free race photos, the hospitality at the hotel & after the race all made me feel as special as I ever felt running a race. And I don’t know what it is about the Philly/Wilmington area, but I love running here.

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After Cameron met me at the finish, I hopped through the hospitality tent, they had SO MUCH FOOD. I’m talking BBQ sandwiches, pasta, fruit, chips, vitamin water, chocolate milk…it felt like a picnic! I wasn’t super hungry, but I had chocolate milk & a pear, Cameron had a beef sandwich and then we split the 2 free beers, watched the full marathoners & headed back to the hotel to shower.

Since I knew this race wasn’t going to be hard, I figured i’d have a ton of energy to do something fun afterward so we went to a Phillies game! It was the perfect day, super hot & sunny, and my after race meal was a hot dog, margaritas & ice cream in a baseball helmet! Does anyone remember when Dairy Queen used to serve ice cream that way? And you had to collect the teams? I was having a bout of nostalgia in the ballpark.

Philadelphia in the background

Philadelphia in the background

This race day couldn’t have been any better. I had such a blast. If anyone is from this area I highly recommend the race. And maybe a ballgame as well ;).

Last Weeks Work!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 30 min rolling/myofascial releases & mobility exercises for hips/glutes.

Wednesday: 5000m row, 20 min Myrtle Routine

Thursday: 2.5m walk

Friday: 40 min running drills- emphasis on hamstring pulls

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 5.8m walk

Total Miles: 8 walking, zero week for running!

What’s your favorite post-race activity?

Author: She's Going the Distance

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11 thoughts on “Delaware Race Recap – Part 2!

  1. What a great finish line picture!! My favorite post race activity…probably sleeping πŸ™‚ Or mowing down really bad food, like milkshakes and fries!!

  2. Great job and that’s awesome that you were able to run a race for fun and with no electronics! I haven’t raced without a watch in a long time, but I never run with music anymore. I would be curious to hear more about some of the drills you are doing…I have been looking to add some back into my routine.

  3. Awesome! Love the early morning pic! Since I live at that time, people find me annoying too early πŸ™‚ But I totally get it!

    Great job not wearing Garmin or listening to music – I definitely think that helps.

    Here’s a goal for your next non-race: learn something from a stranger you chat up mid course. If it is a half, find out two things, and at least 3 things (preferably different people) for a full. πŸ™‚

  4. You look SO HAPPY and relaxed in your race photos. It’s easy to see that you’re enjoying yourself. Congrats on your no-garmin/no-music PR and I hope your IT band recovery goes well. πŸ™‚

    I’m still not (mentally!) ready for a half but based on your description it looks like Wilmington could be a contender for next year. I think I would much prefer the low key crowds and smaller race atmosphere over one of the bigger Philly races.

    • Thanks Annie! Wilmington was definitely a little hilly than they describe it as, but it’s mostly down hill the second half. I loved it. Plus i’m used to running hills, so this was hilly without being horrible. Plus it’s a cheaper race, i think it was $65? Probably cheaper if you registered early. definitely bookmark it! delawaremarathon.org

  5. Nice job! You look so good in those race photos – like you’re enjoying just being out there and running in a crowd. What a perfect weekend.

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