Tears of Joy

29 May

I’m so happy! My 20k trail race went so well.  Let it roll…

The night before:

  • Shave legs – check
  • Fix eyebrows – check
  • Core exercises – check
  • Eat carbs – check
  • Eat more carbs in the form of bread pudding – check
  • Go to bed at ten – check 

I woke up around 6:15, got dressed, ate a banana with peanut butter, drunk water, had tea, and then left for the race. I arrived at  the starting point around 7:20 to pick up my bib number. Since it was a trail race, it was small and not a lot of people. There was a 20k and a 50k. Several young guys were in the 50k and they were hella cute. While I was checking them out, I noticed the 17-year-old girl who was the youngest at the race watching me. Uh, take a picture why don’t you?

I made a friend too. Well, she wouldn’t stop talking to me, but she was super nice. She told me to listen to music while running because it’s better and I said I don’t like to. She literally kept pushing the issue. Anyway…

My mom waited with me until the start at 8:30 and everyone started together. I just made sure I was at the front because I knew once we got on the trail, it would be narrow and difficult to pass. Not too difficult though since I passed several people. Mostly men.

Once you got to the 6 mile mark there was an aid station then you just turned around and repeated your distance. I knew I was in the front to some point because I only saw four people go back down on the path. Getting to the aid station, which you had to go to, was tough. It was just a giant incline and was definitely over six miles. I grabbed a water and just sprinted back down.

It was  basically downhill from there and on the way back I yelled “good job/nice/keep it up!” to everyone I passed. It felt great. My knee didn’t hurt at all. I was so nervous since it was rocky.

When I was going back down on like mile seven or something, I saw the 17 year old coming up still. Her coach said, “Don’t worry. You can still pass her.” Bitch, no. I took off even faster and sang some Lady Gaga aloud.

If you don’t know already, when I race I sing aloud when I have the urge to. If I have a song in my head that is the boom boom pow, I will sing.

Too make this story short and sweet, when I saw the finish I basically started crying tears of joy since I was so happy. My mom did too. I was so thrilled.

I came in at 1 hour and 36 minutes. I was 6th place overall and 1st woman. 

I won these:

I haven’t tried them yet. My mom broke them open though and ate some or three.

Here’s my swaga:
First place finisher

What’s next? Well, I am so glad you asked. How nice of you. I am going to run the Foot Traffic Flat Half Marathon on the 4th of July.

It will be my first half marathon. Technically, today’s race was 13.30 miles so that was like a half marathon with difficult terrain, but I am off topic now. I hope to also do the Wildwood Trail Run half marathon on July 30th, but I am going to see how much money I have left after I buy True Blood season 3 on Tuesday.

I am tonight. Tomorrow will be spent at the gym then I need to write my essay for English. Kill me, why don’t cha? I don’t want to write anything.

Happy Memorial Day!

Of course some honorable eats:

Do you have an unusual race rituals?
– I shave my legs since I normally don’t shave them anyway for like a week. What can I say? I went to an all girl school for four years.

We should be friends on Facebook. Tell me who you are if you add me though.

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25 Responses to “Tears of Joy”

  1. Jess May 29, 2011 at 8:26 PM #

    I am so bad about shaving my legs–mostly in the winter when I am always wearing pants. Cause’ who cares then, right?!

    ANYWAYS–AWESOME job!! You deserve to sleeepppp in & NOT write an essay–BOO!!

  2. Ma Ma Megan May 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM #

    Damn girl you did awesome! CONGRATS!

    Thank goodness you beat that weird girl 😉

    & I think it’s awesome that you sing out loud while running!

  3. J May 29, 2011 at 10:32 PM #

    so whas the update on your eating and weight? hopefully you have gained and are upping your cals to continue gaining, health needs to be priority and main focus- without your ummmm dead!

    • lifttorun May 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM #

      I haven’t weighed myself in a few days. I plan to tomorrow morning though.

  4. AlisonM May 30, 2011 at 2:55 AM #

    It made me laugh that shaving your legs was part of your pre-race routine!

    Congrats on a great run, and on placing first woman — that must feel awesome! Good luck with the half training 🙂

  5. Allie May 30, 2011 at 3:12 AM #

    Wowie you are a running STUD girl!!!! Way to go 🙂

  6. movesnmunchies May 30, 2011 at 4:47 AM #

    OH MY GOSH!! CONGRATS!!!!!! u go girl!

  7. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) May 30, 2011 at 6:11 AM #

    Dayummm girl. Awesome job! I’m glad your eyebrows were ready for the occasion bahaha.

    I love races. So many lovely men.

  8. A Blithering Idiot May 30, 2011 at 7:49 AM #

    That is a super-peachy-keen post. Thanks for really blathering on like that! Seriously, I don’t think I could have spent more effort wishing for something heavy to fall on me to erase that nonsense from my mind!

  9. Tara May 30, 2011 at 7:50 AM #

    AHH CONGRATS!!! I want to do a race that long someday. The longest I’ve done is a 10 mile race, but it was over a year ago and now my 10 mile training runs are faster than the pace I went. But your pace makes me look slow, because from that time you were flying! Singing lady gaga too, making it seem like nothing. You’re pretty much my idol.
    I don’t really have any prerace rituals that I know of. I like to have my racing socks on though!

  10. indecisiveathlete May 30, 2011 at 7:56 AM #

    Congrats on having a great run! and for beating the weird girl.
    I always wear a certain pair of shorts for races they are also my fav long run shorts

  11. teabagginit May 30, 2011 at 10:44 AM #

    Congratulations! It’s great to see that treating your body well paid off!
    My pre-race rituals used to be to go off by myself to warm up while listening to Cher. Then I’d kiss my necklace charms right before the whistle/starting gun. We all have our own little idiosynchrasies!

  12. sarah May 30, 2011 at 12:14 PM #

    Love that you kicked that 17 year old girl/ beyatche’s butt, you did AMAZING – so talenedb

    I was wondering if you could share what kinda ab work you do? I’m always looking for new routines/ ideas.
    Xxx

    • lifttorun May 30, 2011 at 1:06 PM #

      Definitely. I can mention that in my next post.

  13. Sweet Cheeks May 30, 2011 at 2:02 PM #

    awesome job!!! You definitely kicked some booty there!!

    and YAY you got yourself some falafel! haha, i am so addicted.

  14. Amy @ countrystrong21 May 30, 2011 at 4:27 PM #

    Congrats! You’re a rock star!

    No race rituals but I’ll skip shaving my legs if I need to save time in my get ready routine. I need to shave now for that reason haha.

  15. crzydjm May 30, 2011 at 6:14 PM #

    AWESOME! Nicely done!

  16. Rachel May 31, 2011 at 7:05 PM #

    just bought that same falafel tonight! That, and TJs naan dominate my freezer in terms of TJs goodies.

    CONGRATULATIONS you are amazing! Your running inspires me!

  17. moveovercelery May 31, 2011 at 8:25 PM #

    WOOOOOT Congrats! That’s awesome that you showed that girl and her coach who’s boss. 😉

  18. kbwood May 31, 2011 at 9:20 PM #

    wow congrats girl!!!!!!! keep doing great 🙂

  19. Britannie June 1, 2011 at 9:09 AM #

    Congrats! 1st woman finisher and 6th place?! Girl , you’re a beast 😀 Haha. Protein bites are super good too by the way, pretty addicting!

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