Sunday I ran the Long Island Half Marathon with my friend Mike. I actually worked the night before until 12:30 and then when I go home, my five year old had a fever. I finally got to sleep at 2 am, dreading my 5:50am wakeup call, which came way too fast. I had everything laid out and ready to go, which made getting ready pretty easy.
At 6:30 am I fueled up with 30 Energy Bits:
“ENERGYbits® are tiny algae tabs so nutritionally dense, they eliminate fatigue and hunger instantly. Want a healthy, natural way to fuel your game or fire up your brain? ENERGYbits® are for you! NO caffeine, sugar, chemicals, gluten or soy, just pure, plant based nutrition, all for just ONE calorie per tab.” Description from the Energy Bits website.
I connected with Energy Bits on Twitter after the NYC Half and they were nice enough to send me two tins to try out during my next half-marathon, which was this one. Most of my long runs recently have been glycogen depleting runs where I run with no fuel, just water, so it was nice to try something different and see if my stomach would tolerate it.
My friend Mike picked me up right after I took the bits and we headed right Eisenhower park for the start of the race, which was only about 15 minutes away from my house.
Prior to the race Mike and I decided to take it pretty easy and stay together, but I told him if I slowed down not to feel bad about running ahead of me. I truly feel that every race is individual and I would never want to hold anyone back or to be held back by anyone.
The start was pretty packed and I made it off the porta potty lines with a minute to spare. The race started exactly at 8am with a blast of fireworks! It took us about 3 minutes to cross the start and it stayed pretty congested for about the first 3 miles, which was okay because I really didn’t want to go fast and burn out. My Bia wouldn’t start so I “stole” my splits from Mike.
Mile 1: 10:07
Mile 2: 9:40
Mile 3: 9:50
Mile 4: 9:48
Mile 5: 10:02
Mile 6: 9:38
Mile 7: 9:59 I felt pretty good up until this point, then I felt a little nauseous for about a quarter of a mile, but it cleared after I had a sip of Gatorade. I had just taken the Energy Bits and water up until this point, but I was having a hard time figuring out how to swallow the bits while running, without choking to death, so I opted for some Gatorade instead.
Mile 8: 9:59
Mile 9: 10:06
Mile 10: 9:50 At this point I slowed due to a faulty Gatorade stop I ended up about 30-40 seconds behind Mike and I really did not have the drive to catch up, but thanks to his orange shirt I could see him the entire rest of the race which motivated me to continue on despite being tired. Plus I was getting a little delusional at this point and was chasing a “beer” to the end. If you look a the collage below, the picture in the lower right, I have an arrow pointing to the guy with a yellow and white shirt, which actually looked like a beer to me. If you follow me on instagram you know I like a good beer, so it only felt appropriate that I chase one to the finish!
Mile 11: 10:33 FYI: Miles 11 to the end are estimates based on how far I was behind Mike.
Mile 12: 10:43
Mile 13: 10:35
Finish time: Clock 2:13:14 Chip: 2:09:54
I survived, thank to my friend Mike!!! I was fueled by Energy Bits, for the most part, which worked great and I will definitely be using them for future races. The medal may be my favorite part of the race and I absolutely love this one!
My friend Mike did an amazing job, finishing in 2:09:30. Neither one of us was truly prepared for this race, so we were both pleasantly surprised with the results and how great we did considering.
I went into this race with no official training and with my last long run being the NYC Half, plus I tried a new item, the Energy Bits, for the first time during the race, which is definitely something I don’t recommend. Considering I was fighting a nagging ITB, which caused me to refrain from running during most of my vacation, I would say I didn’t do too bad, but again, this is not the way I recommend training for a half marathon. I am happy I survived, unscathed and free from any injuries, in fact my ITB pain as seemed to disappear completely after this race (knock on wood).
After the race we grabbed our medals, stopped for a picture and headed home. Thank you Mike for a great race and pushing me to keep running even when I felt like stopping!
After I got home I basically relaxed in my OOFOS, recovery footwear which they sent me to try out, for the rest of the day.
“OOFOS’ proprietary OOfoamTM technology and patented footbed provide unparalleled impact absorption, comfort and support while reducing fatigue and enhancing recovery” (from their website). I can attest that these “flip-flops” are super comfortable and made my feet feel so good, I wore them for the two days post race exclusively and my feet and legs felt awesome! I definitely feel that they helped to speed up my recovery. For $39.95, I would definitely purchase a pair, it is worth it! You can check out OOFOS on their website, Facebook and Twitter. You can even purchase OOFOS via my Amazon affiliate link here.
My next race is the Testaverde 5K in Wantagh with all my work friends! After that Marathon Training begins!!!!!! In August I am running the Virginia Beach Rock ‘n’ Roll Half and in September I am running the Women’s Health #Run10Feed10 to support feeding the hungry!
If you would like to run any of the Women’s Health Run10Feed10 Races you can use the code “WHCHURCH” when you register to get a discount! If you can participate you can help by donating to my fundraising site below:
Any donations are greatly appreciated and will help feed the hungry right here in NY.
When is your next race?