Ran the Decker Half Marathon Today

December 7th, 2008

Race time for Decker Half Marathon (13.1 miles): 2:07:39

My mother-in-law asked me on Friday: “Are you running the Decker Half?” I told her yes, and she said: “Well, I heard that it is the toughest race of the year as it is full of hills.” Hmm….that made me a bit nervous.

I ran 10 miles at 5:30 am on Saturday morning. Saturday was my husband’s 38th birthday, and we had quite a bit planned. We went antique shopping (Wimberly, TX) and had a huge barbecue dinner at my husband’s favorite restaurant (Salt Lick in Driftwood, TX). We ran lots of errands and got a Christmas tree before finally getting home at 7pm. I really should have taken a nap, but I didn’t want to ruin my husband’s birthday. We always have such a fun day on his birthday. Lots to do!

I was excited about the race, although apprehensive about the hills. The weather was crisp, but clear. I had a close-to-tears moment at the starting line. I don’t know why, but I was just glad to be around all these amazing runners and proving something. I felt like a true, honest to goodness RUNNER. It was wonderful! We started promptly at 8am, just as the sun was shining fully. The hills started to really kick in on mile 3. Wow….the hills. The rumors were true. This race was TOUGH.

As I was finishing the insane vertical hill on Mile 5, I felt that the race officials should have provided suction cups along with a race t-shirt. Believe me, the hill was so steep that I almost needed one. Unlike Mile 10, it wasn’t very long. Mile 10 was one of those hills where your thighs scream for a rest. It just kept going, and going, and going. Up, Up, and Away. I had to pull out an energy bar towards the top. My legs were screaming for more “umpf”.

All in all, it was a good race. I had to do some speed walking on Mile 8 (hill), and Mile 11 (will the hills ever end?). If I hadn’t walked that bit, I know that I would have done better with my time. However, I am usually a 10 min./mile runner, so I was just under that for the entire half marathon. Not bad.

One more thing about the race, I kept passing/being passed by a boy about 12 or 13 years old. He was running the entire half marathon by himself. I was amazed! The last time I passed him was on Mile 8. I ran along side him and said: “You go, guy! You are doing fantastic!” He looked at me and said: “Thanks, but I am starting to really get tired.” I hear ya, kid. I really do. I hope he had a huge crowd cheering him at the end. He deserved every applause. Way to go, kiddo!

I have a 20 miler scheduled for this Saturday. My second one this training season. I have NEVER run as many miles in training as I am this time around. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it. I have only missed 2 runs since August. That isn’t bad.

I did get a compliment from my husband yesterday. I had FINALLY gotten into a pair of size 8 jeans and was telling my husband that I was glad about it. He looked at me and said: “Babe, I can tell. You are looking good. I can really tell you are working out.” Ahhhh….gotta love hearing that from my husband of almost 19 years. Nothing like feeling sexy and hearing it from the man you love.

My Walt Disney World Goofy Races (half Sat./full marathon Sun.) are in 5 weeks now. Those are my next big races. Then on to the 3M Half and the AT&T marathon. I was also thinking of running another half in March. We will see….so many races, so little energy and money for new running shoes. LOL

Train Shan, and concentrate. YOU CAN DO THIS!

One Response to “Ran the Decker Half Marathon Today”

  1. jjabl Says:

    Running for two straight hours!! WOW!!
    Way to go, Shannon. The hills will make you tougher for the next one.
    Hearing that you look good from the one you married – nothing compares to that!!

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