and yes, I mean Dallas.
This weekend I participated in the Rock n Roll Dallas half marathon.
We drove up on Saturday with the whole family in tow. Hayden’s little skin surgery ended up being less than expected so he was good to go with little to no pain and just a big bandaid on his arm.
We got to Dallas and immediately headed to Ranger Stadium. Both my boys are huge baseball fans. We made sure to buy lots of stuff. Girl stuff too!
Then it was expo time.
This year the expo was much easier since the kids were bigger. We were able to walk in and grab my stuff and we actually got to look a bit. I ended up buying a “The Stick.” Sucker works. More on that later.
We grabbed dinner with Melissa and her little man and then headed back to the hotel to get some rest. We stayed at the Omni which was located directly next door to the Convention Center. It was super convenient and the hotel room was BEAUTIFUL. The item I focused on most was the TV in the bathroom… be still my heart.
We also had a refrigerator in the room and the normal stuff, TV, coffee maker, etc. Overall, I would not hesitate to stay at the Omni again, well worth it.
I woke up around 6:30 the morning of the race. I did everything I was supposed to. Ate some breakfast, drank some water, put on sunscreen….
I got to the start line around 7:30 and just hung out and people watched. I always like to check out what everyone is wearing and possibly add things to my wish list. I did manage to take a tiny tumble on the walk over to my corral and tweeked my ankle a little.
Here we are all lined up ready to go. See the Omni? The hotel was that close!
Around 8:15, we were off. I committed the biggest race mistake: going out too fast. Way too fast.
I knew my kids would be right before the first mile marker so I was excited to see them. If you ever want to see me cry during a race just set my kids up somewhere and let me know. I started crying before the turn.
They are on the sidewalk. Hubs in blue shirt and kids in strollers.
Mile 1: 10:15
I saw that flash on my Garmin and thought to myself “Whoa Nelly. It’s gonna get hot real soon and there is no way you are keeping that pace.” (especially since I haven’t run distance since my last half)
I slowed it down for the next few miles.
Mile 2: 11:21
Mile 3: 11:09
Mile 4: 11:57
I started to feel the effects of the sun and non-training by mile 5.
Mile 5: 12:17
Mile 6: 12:36
Thankfully things started to get interesting to look at.
The course takes you through a lovely neighborhood with beautiful homes.
And there were tulips growing! Tulips! I kinda LOVE tulips. I mighta gasped loudly when I saw them.
Somewhere around the halfway point, I kinda faded fast. It was getting very hot and the lack of my training was becoming painfully apparent. My ankle was still bothering me a bit from the fall earlier and I decided it was time to start incorporating walk breaks.
Around this point I noticed that the Rock n Roll folks had again brought out the Runner Cooling Stations to help fight the heat. Basically they are buses with the air conditioning blasting. I was tempted in San Antonio to climb into one but didn’t feel the need in Dallas. It was warm but I wasn’t miserable yet.
Mile 7: 13:40
Mile 8: 13:04
Mile 9: 13:15
Mile 10: 13:55
After mile 10, I had even more of a breakdown, if that was even possible. I was in good spirits and I didn’t want to overdo it but I had to do a major walk after mile 10. I think I took a 10 minute walk.
Mile 11: 14:13
After I saw the Mile 11 mark, I knew I was close. I just wanted to be done. I ran as much as my body allowed.
Mile 12: 13:40
Mile 13: 12:36
Final time: 2:46:23 average pace of 12:34/mile
Certainly not my best showing but I can’t complain since I didn’t actually prepare.
After the race I got to finally meet a fellow blogger in person: Army Amy. Amy and I met up and chatted for a while until I felt good enough to go find my family. Amy is super sweet in person and just as genuine as she appears on her blog. You can see her recap on the race here… she’s a way faster poster and runner than me
Then we loaded up the stuff and headed back home.
Addison practiced her self portrait skills on the way home. I think she has blogger potential.
Today I’m still in some pain and The Stick is certainly helping massage out all the kinks. How was your weekend? Would you ever attempt to run a race without any training? You think I’m crazy don’t you? It’s okay, I got this in return.
This girl loves some nice sparkle and bling.