Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Here It Is: My First -EVER- Race Report!!

I've been putting this off so that I could add race pics to my post...but the GO! St Louis site still doesn't have the pics up and I'm at work where I can't access my personal photos, so........you'll just have to wait for the pics. Sorry. ;)


I still have so much going through my mind, I don't even know if I can form complete sentences to describe the experience, so I think I'll just have to give the high(and low)lights:

**Standing at the starting line was one of the most overwhelming and exhilerating feelings I've ever felt in my life! There were 15,000 runners in this race and looking up and just seeing BLOCKS of mass people was just incredible. We were facing the Arch at the starting line and it was just such a surreal moment. Hearing the national anthem gave me goosebumbs and it is a moment I will never EVER forget!

**Right when the race started, they played Eye of the Tiger over the loud speakers, which totally made me LOL!

**I randomly saw a girl I went to high school with on my way to the starting line, which was odd since we were 6 hours away from our home town.

**It rained for the ENTIRE duration of the race. Luckily, it was in the 50's with no wind, so it wasn't cold...well, at least not until after the race was over. The 8 block walk back to the hotel afterwards was pretty miserable.

**The first few miles we were running near the interstate and all these cars and semis kept honking at us. That was really cool.

**There were porta potties at the starting line, but then not again until mile 4. We stopped to pee and since it was the first area along the race with bathrooms, the lines were HUGE. That added a good 10+ minutes to our time.

**The first 5 miles FLEW by! We saw our boys along the sidelines right around the 5th mile, so that made our day. They got some pics of us as we ran by.

**I saw a guy on my team at work in the crowd between mile 5 and 6.

**Mile 6 is where things started to get ugly. I had some power gel stuck in my throat that wanted to come up. I had to go behind a bush to make myself puke. We started to hit some hills that went on forever at this point.

**Between mile 9 and 10 we saw one of the Budweiser Clydesdales. It was so HUGE and pretty!

**At mile 10 they were giving out free GU.

**The crowds of people cheering everyone on was so amazing! Everyone was just so positive and full of energy - truly amazing!

**Right after the 10th mile, we all decided it was time to pull out our MP3 players....but none of them would play since they were all wet from the rain. :(

**After the MP3 player incident, we started to split up. One of the girls ran ahead, leaving just 2 of us.

**At mile 11 I had to drop an emergency shadoobie. Damn power gel... LOL

**At mile 12 I stopped and walked a bit with my girl friend as she was hurting really bad. That's when all the pain from my knees hit me - with full force! I gave her a pep talk and reminded her that we had only 1 mile to go and we needed to just power through.

**Just a few minutes later, we passed a guy on the side of the road with a boom box playing Eye of the Tiger - LOL again!

**At about 12 1/2 miles, there were 3 people along the course handing out cups of BEER - sa-weet!!! I grabbed me a beer and cracked up at the fact that I was running down the street in a damn marathon with a cup of beer! Hahahaha!!!!

**I spotted Randy in the crowd right before I crossed the finish line.

**I finished in under 3 hours, which I realize is a ridiculously slow time, but I did what I went there to do - FINISH! Official race time: 2:48:42.

**Did I mention that this was my first RACE ever?? Not just my first half marathon...but my first RACE! *unless you count "field day" in grade school* ;)

**I have a pretty medal that makes me feel like a bad ass.

So, there ya have it! In 5 weeks, I went from running 3 miles to running a half marathon. And I'm already thinking of what I want to run next.....BUT, I need to get back to my tri training first! I have just a little over 2 months until my tri and I've hardly swam at all lately.

Anyway, that's it for my first official race report. Pics to come soon!!! :)

Sunday, April 19, 2009: 13.1 mile run


Fair Weather Runner said...

WHOo HOO! I was watching for your report yesterday. Can't wait to see the pictures. And ummmm, you had a lot to contend with your first race day... from the way it sounds I would have been a baby and dropped out! You are HARDCORE! :) CONGRATS, AMAZING!

Erik said...

Congrats!! Great job!!


Melanie said...

CONGRATS! You are bad-a$$! :D Awesome job finishing your first race, and finishing a HM!! That's huge!

Oz Runner said...

we were driving through st louis on Sunday (from Illinois back to Kansas) and I knew the Go St Louis race was that day, and it was miserable rainy...can't imagine having to run in it....congrats on finishing! great accomplishment...too bad the ipods wouldn't work, you could have cranked up Eye of the Tiger one more time..ha......I have my first half marathon this weekend in OKC, hopefully the weather will be nicer.....

Bethany said...

Found your blog through Run Far & Strong! Many congrats to you on your first half mary! What an amazing accomplishment. I love finding new blogs with lots of encouraging people on them. Can't wait to read about your Tri training!

Dancing Sweet Pea said...

You are absolutely amazing Ashley! CONGRATS, CONGRATS, CONGRATS!!!!! You should be so proud of yourself!
Thank you for sharing all your high and low lights! I feel like I was right there with you!
I can't wait to see pictures!!!!!!!

aron said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!! so awesome :) glad you had such a great time!!! you definitely have lots of memories to look back on :) yayyyy

sneakersister said...


I love your race report. All of those observations and "firsts" ... you'll get use to all of that as you enter more races, but what you wrote took me down memory lane to my first race.

I'm so glad that you had such an enjoyable and positive experience despite it raining the entire time. The fact that you were able to maintain such good energy in those conditions is proof alone that you will continue to race well and succeed.

SuperDave said...

That is so cool!
Between the porta potty,the vomiting incident, the broken mp3 player, and the shadoobie. Sounds like you had fun- haha..
That's what these races are for - they aren't always for speed, its about good friends, good drinks(beer), and camraderie.
Hurrah for you!!

teacherwoman said...

Oh Ashley! CONGRATS on your first Half Marathon! Way to go! I am just getting caught up on blogs and was excited for you when reading this post! WAHOO!

kilax said...

Yay! Congrats! Great race report! It sounds like it was so much fun. I would be laughing at Eye of the Tiger too! And the beer.

marathon mom said...

What an awesome way to start- a half marathon! Loved the review, have had the same Gu issue, yuck

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Sorry so late to respond..have been on vacation.. GOOD WORK!!! So excited for you, sounds like your recovery from the race has been tough but I bet looking at the medal is SWEET!!

AMC said...

I'm so sorry that I am not posting until now but CONGRATS ASH!!! Words cannot express how proud I am of you!! :):):)