Badgerland Striders Half Marathon

Badgerland Striders Half Marathon

2:08:29

 

The last three weeks of training have been rough. Running has been challenging it feels too warm too often. I started to get butterflies and nervous about the Badgerland Half two weeks before the race. The last couple of years the excitment butterflies have been moved out. I was excited to be back at one of my favorite half marathon races. Hoping to set down a course PR, and quite possibly a PR. I tried to quite my prerace nerves by sticking to my routine. Eating my normal pre race dinner of Noodles, setting out my gear and shoe the night before, and eating my typical pre race breakfast Cream of Wheat. 

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However on race night, I decided to go to a Stein Holding contest at Kegel's Inn in West Allis for the Octoberfest. My arms were tired and I came in second place. I got very anxious but knew I need to enjoy my life. I arrived early on race morning to ensure a close parking spot and get in bathroom break and a good dynamic warm up . I know the first couple of miles are a bit congested, so I hang back.The first couple of mile you loop around Estabrook Park and then head on the Oak Leaf Trail for an out and back. 

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The first 6-7 miles feel great. But then I start to suffer from some stomach cramps. It hurts I try to stop at the rest areas. But I’m unable to find any relief. My stomach feel upset, I’m getting more and more upset because this race isn't going how I planed. This wasn’t my race I thought I would hit 9:30 miles on the way to the art museum and hit 8:30 on the way back. I can feel my pace slow and the cramps feel worst. I feel disappointed in myself. I try to talk myself out of my inner battle waging war inside my head. But it doesn’t work. I’m feel like a Debbie downer. I see that both of clients along the route are doing well and it's a bit of a pick me up. They are doing very well and I feel proud of my coaching abilities which is helping the ego blow of this shitty-ass race. I’m just trying hard to swallow down my doubt and beat out my course time. 

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I cross the finish line with a time of 2:08:29 and my course record is 2:08:02 in 2016. So I didn’t beat it. Either way my goal is complete arbitrary, I know Lakefront will still be my best race. I go and try enjoy my breakfast but my stomach is upset. If feels horrible! I don’t understand I thought I had everything with my stomach issues under wraps. My stomach ruins the afterparty. I  decided midday to stop feeling sorry for myself and live on the promise of a better race. Next race up for me is marathon #27 North Face Endurance Challenge.  

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