Hostess Half Marathon 12-17-114December 17th, 2011
I ran my 7th half marathon today! I’m still shocked because last year I only ran 5K’s. And last year I weighed 180lbs in March and 160 lbs in Oct. And now I weigh around 130-133. I’m trying to get under 130, hopefully by March- spring break in Havasu. . But I need these holidays to be over so there’s not desserts everywhere.
The Freedom Run 5K was also my 4th day of running in a decade! I got a medal for the 5k walk. I finished in 43 minutes. This was also three months post pregnancy.
I also just finished up week 3 of 18 for training for the Sand Hollow Marathon. We’ll see how that goes. lol But in 5 weeks is the St George 1/2 marathon that I want to PR in. So I need to beat my Bryce Canyon PR of 1:54:44. I think I can, I think I can. With the help of all the classes I do at Desert Fitness and Aimee Langston is training me once a week with speed workouts and hills, I should be able to.
So…The secret Hostess Half Marathon. Who doesn’t want to run, eat a donut, run -eat another, run- another donut, run- eat a cinnamon cake, run- eat a Twinkie? Well that’s what I did! I was worried about getting a stomach-ache, but I think it gave me lots of energy. lol. I met a lot of people from FB in person and had a great time. I met Shannon from www.stgeorgemom.blogspot.com and we run the same pace so I had someone to talk to, which makes 13.1 miles go by so much faster!!! And she’s doing the Sand Hollow Marathon too, so I even have a running partner to train with now. Because I can’t imagine running 20 miles by myself, or 18 or 16 or even 14. lol.
December in Hurricane is cold. And it was 25 degrees at 8:am. It’s only cold if you’re standing there not running. My hands finally warmed up about 2.5 miles and at the turn-a-round I took off my long sleeve top that was under my jacket. I gave it and my gloves to Mike. Mike and the boys were at the second stop. Evan had a sign and a cow bell cheering everyone on. :) The hardest part of this race is running after stopping. I finally feel good then I have to stop to eat. I didn’t carry my water pack because I knew I had to stop to eat so I drank the water supplied. I carried my phone in the belt clip that I usually have on my water pack.
Since I live a mile from here I pass these horses all the time.
This sign was made for my first half.
Pretty I know. But it’s proof I ate it.
And Melissa (just out of pic was volunteering in the 25 degree weather 7 months pregnant!
Mike and the boys went to McD’s after the turn-a-round then met me at the finish just in time!
I finished in 2:02. I thought that’s pretty good for taking my time at the stops. It was hard to eat fast and wash it down with water. My running pace was 8:52/mile.
Can you spot me?? I stole this pic from FB. Thanks Cory for a great race that was not sponsored by Hostess but by a runner who loves to eat Hostess. And I was lucky enough to run this secret race.
Thanks for reading!
AmberTags: half marathon, race, race report, race reports, run, running Categories: Race Reports, Running
Awesome report Amber! Thanks for running with me. I am excited to have a great partner to help me prepare for the next marathon.
AWESOME race report! I put a link to it on http://www.fastcory.com. Thanks for coming and making yourself sick with us.
way to go amber! i didn’t realize how much weight you have lost. you are awesome!!
First off- you look AMAZING. Way to go with getting that weight off with a healthy, active lifestyle.
Second- This looked like such a fun race! I am a big fan of Cory, and hostess, and half marathons, so I was sad that I had to miss out. You did great! I’m not sure I would have made it through without needing to puke