We've been on "baby watch" for awhile in the Weatherly household. My stepdaughter Madi was due to give birth to her first baby on April 16...but she wasn't quite ready to say hello to the world yet. A week after the due date Madi started having some contractions, and on Thurs evening we got the call they were heading to the Birthing Center...only to be sent home telling her she was having false labor.
Friday afternoon we get the call again that she was heading to the Birthing Center. This time it was the real deal, she was in labor. A few hours later sweet little Savannah Grace arrived, weighing 6 pds 7 ounces with brown hair and brown eyes. She's amazing. Mom and baby did great!
|Madi & Savannah|
Jim and I were both planning to run the Garmin Wickedly Fast Half Marathon the next morning. We knew due to the delivery we might not get to race, but it really didn't matter. The birth of our second grandchild was the most important thing going on.
Well, we ended up getting home about midnight and decided we would race. We would probably be a little tired with only about 4 hours of sleep, but we could do it.
We woke a little groggy but ready to race. The weather seemed almost perfect. It was 55 degrees with about 12 mph winds, but there was a chance of thunderstorms and the winds were supposed to pick up, so we knew the end of the race might not be great.
We showed up a little later than we normally would and it was a mistake. After getting off on the exit to the race it took about 35 minutes to get through traffic and park. By the time we got parked we only had about 15 mins til the race started and we were parked quite a ways from the start. I had to go to the bathroom before the race started. We both quickly left the car and headed for the porta pottys. Based on the line, I knew there was a good chance I wouldn't be through before the race started.
I had originally planned to try to set a PR at this race. But with the bad winter and spring we've had, I just haven't been able to get in the kind of outdoor training I needed to make that happen. That said, I've been working on speed quite a bit over the last few weeks. I decided to shoot for a 2:25, which would be 2 mins slower than my PR, but still a bit of a stretch goal for me right now.
The weather was really pretty nice when I started. It was about 55 degrees with light winds. I started running and felt pretty good. My first mile was too fast, as usual, but I tried to slow down a bit and get in a rhythm. The course was a little more challenging than I had originally thought. It is claimed to be "wickedly fast" and flat. I have found that in the Kansas City area "flat" is a relative term. I have ran a few flat races...like in Indianapolis and Florida - those races are flat, this race was not flat. It has several steep inclines and rolling hills. As a matter of fact, the last 5 miles are pretty much uphill...and there is an uphill finish...seriously...an uphill finish?? The climbs are never more than about 100 feet, so they aren't huge, but they are enough to slow down your pace.
|The "flat" course from my Garmin|
|Can anyone tell where I started to fight the weather and fatigue?|
We got poured on for about 30 minutes. From roughly mile 8.5 and to 11 or so. Some people said they got hailed on, but I never felt any hail.
I found Jim at the finish and he had luckily grabbed my jacket and brought it to me...so sweet. I grabbed some food and we quickly headed to the car. I was freezing. I was shaking the entire way home.
In the end we both had pretty good races. Jim luckily didn't have the weather to contend with as he was finished before the downpour (lucky for being so dang fast) :) He came in just shy of a PR and 2nd in his Age Group. He always amazes me!
|Race medal..which also glows in the dark|
Did you race this weekend? Any weather to contend with?