Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon

9 Apr

The Date: Saturday, March 30, 2013

The third and final of my 3 half marathons in one month

This race was…well AMAZING. It was a huge eye opener….you will understand why shortly. I was lucky enough to get a discount coupon code to this race. Missy won the $50 off code and knew she wouldn’t be able to travel to KY, so she asked the only person she knew crazy enough to drive 650 miles to run for 13…ME. Of course i accepted…a half marathon for only $25, plus hotel, plus gas, plus food, plus…..well you get it, i pretty much spend more than i would if i would have just paid for a local half marathon. But who cares, its all in the experience right!?!?  Doesn’t matter, i had 2 girls to carpool with from MRTT, plus a hotel split 3 ways, comes out to be practically nothing.

Kim, Megan and I headed out on Thursday evening to start our 9 hour voyage up to Lexington, KY!! I have been to A LOT of states in my life, but KY is not one of them…I don’t think i have ever even driven through it before. We were in for a treat though.  I had another MRTT chapter leader willing to take her entire day out to show us around Lexington for the day on Friday. We drove around and saw horses, went to the Keenland Race course, tried local food, took a tour of a brewery and  learned about the history. She did a fabulous job for us!! And i didn’t have to drive, so i took TONS of pictures. We also got to drive the course we were going to be running the next day. I think that scared the crap out of me more than anything. Haha, yeah, i did the GA half, and there were hills, but NOT like these hills.  These hills were more on the “rolling” hills side of the hill spectrum. Rolling right on up to the sky and back down again. over and over and over and over again. I totally psyched myself out and thought they were no big deal…no big deal at all.

Race DAY. We all dressed in our awesome matching shirts. We took the “Run the bluegrass” logo and made it our own. 20130324_183205With everyone together in the same shirt, we looked awesome, people were jealous, i could see it in their faces. lol, not really, but i loved it. Thats all that matters. 103_2737We got pictures at the start line and then made our way to the corrals. Once we started the first thing we saw was a hill. So we get up that hill, and im all like “cool, i can handle that” then we get to go down the hill, and i think “cool, i like that too” then about 25 humungus hills later, i am all like “IS THIS ROAD EVER GOING TO EVEN OUT!!!!!!!” It never did. Hill after hill after hill of on going hills. (we didn’t drive the ENTIRE course the day before, just part of it, so i didn’t really know how the whole thing looked) They had plenty of water and energy along the route, which like i have said before, is a must!! The course was beautiful, we ran by fields of horses, old barns, chickens…i wish i would have stopped and enjoyed it a little better. That darn race got the best of me and when i started to run, i just took off!! Thing is the pictures did the hills and scenery no justice!! i got just a few.

Man, i tell ya, that run took something outta me….pretty much my soul was left out there on those hills. i got to the finish, in good enough time mind you, 2:27. i must have been pushing myself pretty darn hard over those hills to get done faster than i did the Rock n Roll Savannah, on FLAT land. I got done, found my little spot on the ground and waited for the other ladies to finish up. Took my pictures of my medal and my Garmin, and looked to see how many steps i took with my new Fitbit, and noticed i lost it. came off during the run at some point…darn it, i only had that sucker for a little over a week. As i sat there waiting, i notice my headache coming on that i noticed starting at mile 10…that was when i realized i didn’t pop an Excedrin first thing to keep it from coming on at all….and i didn’t have any with me to kill it before it got worse. We shot a nice after pic of the 3 of us, and it was time to head out!! we had a checkout time we needed to meet at the hotel!734016_371693932944271_1247158622_n

By the time we dodged traffic out of the race arena and got back to the hotel, i had a full force migrane and was laid out on the bed. We literally had 23 minutes for 3 of us to shower, get dressed and get out of the hotel by 2:00. AND we did it. YES, 3 women took showers, dressed and packed in 23 minutes. It can be done folks!! At that point i was handing over the keys because i couldn’t even see or think straight because of my head. By the time we got to the next gas station, about 10 minutes down the road, i new immediately i needed to puke, that was the only thing that would ease this pounding head. So i did, and i napped for a good hour, and when i woke up, i was good as new!! I drove the last 6 hours home through the crazy carolina mountains. Those roads are much creepier at night, very pretty during the day though!! I was glad to be home. And glad my 3rd half marathon was done this month. I did it!! and my wall of medals at home is looking pretty darn sweet!!

Just for comparison, see the elevation gain of the last 3 halves i did.

Elevation Gain

Elevation Gain

Now notice, the 30’s, the 400’s, even close to the 700’s….Well the next ones i am doing on April 20th, that is in the 3500’s!!!! OMG, what have i done!!! i keep really really getting nervous about that race now that i have actually ran some REAL hills…Blue Ridge Parkway, here we come,,,reluctantly.

And enjoy ALL the pictures from our trip!!

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5 Responses to “Run The Bluegrass Half Marathon”

  1. Sarah M April 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Great pictures, looks like you had a great time! Minus the headache. 😦

    • chasing pavement April 10, 2013 at 4:35 am #

      Thanks!! It was a blast, but yeah, that headache sucked!!

  2. Jacy April 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Woohoo! Awesome job on this hilly course lady! You know, I hear that if you don’t ever puke from a race you are not a runner… maybe I am not a runner then… LOL I have a serious fear of it, so make sure you don’t do that near me if we race together again! hahah But for real I will have a puke bucket ready for you if you need one at the Blue Ridge finish line… just let me know, so I can at least put an MRTT logo on it 🙂

    • chasing pavement April 10, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      Well, i didn’t puke until a good 2 hours later!! so i think you are safe, but an awesome puke bucket with MRTT on it would be fantastic!!! I will be looking for it back by my bed after the marathon. 🙂

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    […] you have read any of my previous blog posts, you know that running the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY just a couple weeks before my first full marathon kinda scared the piss out of me. […]

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