Dallas Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon Recap

This race was a first for me. I started my period the night before and without fail the first two days are extremely rough for me – complete with painful cramping and upset stomach.

Basically, my one recurring thought was AWESOME. #not

When I packed for Blissdom, apparently I didn’t pay much attention the forecast for race day. My plan was to wear a sleeveless tank and a running skirt, but the night before a group of us went to Cracker Barrel and decided last minute to find a sports store. We shopped the clearance rack and found some long sleeved running shirts.

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It was so cold and windy in downtown Dallas. So windy. It was painful standing around waiting for the race to start. Sharone, Abby, Allison and I were back in corral 10, so once the race started at 8 o’clock it took awhile to inch our way to the start line.

Thankfully, just as we came upon the start line, Abby noticed articles of clothing people had already tossed aside. She quickly grabbed each of us a sweat jacket. Ohmyword. The wind was just brutal. My teeth were chattering and my legs and feet were numb, but once I slipped that jacket on I breathed a sigh of relief.

We started out at a really comfortable pace while bracing ourselves against the wind.

I felt fine {not great, mind you, just fine} until around mile 4 or 5.

My stomach started to turn upside down and I knew I was in trouble. I told Abby and the girls to press on without me.

From that point on, it was a constant battle of searching for a porta potty because my stomach hurt or because I needed to replace a feminine product. Some of the porta potties had lines while others didn’t. I came upon one porta potty – yes, one lonely porta potty all by its lonesome – that had a line about six people long. I stood in that line for about five minutes only to learn there was no toilet paper inside. Forget that. I pressed on.

I took my phone out and whined on IG . . .

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. . . and on FB . . . and to my man.

I’d run a little, walk a little, visit a porta potty, run some more, walk some more, visit another porta potty, etc. etc. etc.

Good times.

If I look at the race as just a supported training run, then it went okay. If I look at it like a race, then I set a Personal Worst.

Either way, I finished another half marathon. That makes six. This time last year I was getting ready to run my first.

The course was actually very nice. You run through some very posh neighborhoods, parks, and city streets. Every couple of miles there was music via either a live band, soloist or a DJ. There was crowd support along most of the route holding some fun signs.

And, of course, there was beer at the finish line. Yes, that Michelob Ultra was worth it.

The more I’ve thought about Sunday the more I feel badly about my attitude that day. Yes, I was cramping, had stomach issues, was cold and obviously, in a craptastic mood, BUT I did it. I was able to make it 13.1 {and some change due to all my racing around trying to find a porta potty ::snort::}. I was able to run that day. Any day I’m able to run, is a good day. During one of my past races, I remember seeing someone hold a sign that read, “Someday you won’t be able to do this. Today is not that day.” Amen.

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Every race you run won’t be a record breaking one. Every race you run won’t be fun.

But, every race you run is a race you’ve run. Don’t lose sight of that.

P. S. I don’t want to forget our other pal, Allison, who ran her first half on Sunday and made her goal of a sub-2:00. Yay, Allison!

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Comments

  1. Congrats!
    I think of you sometimes when I run, when I need another mom’s support who did it…
    I ran my 1st 5k last Sat (I mentioned it earlier, sorry!) in a storm and it was COLD but I did it and in 37 minutes!
    Thanks for all your inspiration!

    • that is awesome, greta!

      i tell people all the time ~ 5Ks are no joke. they are hard!

      you did an amazing job. be proud of yourself!

  2. That is AMAZING that you have done 6 half marathons in the last year. I forgot that we each completed our first half marathon on the same day! Unlike you, however, I don’t know if I’ll be able to run any more half marathons due to health issues. Right now I don’t even think I can run 2 miles. :( It’s very disheartening. But I didn’t come here to whine, I came here to say that you’re awesome! :) Embrace every run, no matter how craptastic.

    • oh, noooooo. :(

      that makes me so sad. what’s the issue? or is that nosy? i hope whatever it is resolves itself sooner rather than later.

      • Not nosy at all! I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the fall, and I’ve had a lot of digestive issues that are not resolved yet. I was really sick for a while and lost all my endurance and haven’t been able to bounce back yet. My GI doc also told me he strongly advised against doing any more half marathons. I still don’t know if I’ll actually listen to his advice, but right now I can’t tolerate much anyway.

  3. Six half marathons? You are a rock star! I ran a 10k (my first) about three weeks ago. I thought I was going to die. I am considering running a half in October, though. :) We’ll see…

  4. You did it…and that’s all that matters!

  5. It’s all about the ebbs and flows, right? Some days are going to be awesome and others are going to be forgettable, and we just have to keep on rolling. :) I think finishing in spite of all the other obstacles you had going is a major accomplishment. Also, six half marathons in a year (plus that little ole marathon)? Yowza. You inspire me all ways around, and I’m so glad I got to share this whole crazy experience with you. {hugs and more hugs}

  6. you did it and that is all that counts.
    :)
    i love watching your progress. it’s inspriing. fo’ reals!

  7. Riding to the race with you guys totally calmed my nerves. I was so nervous not only because I told people about my time goal but because I was exhausted after a conference. Thank you so so much for all your inspiration not just on that day but before and I know after too!

  8. My biggest stress about every race is the washroom thing. It hasn’t been a problem yet but I still think of all the what ifs….What if the next porta potty is too far away? What if the line up is so long it totally blows my time? What if it is that time of the month? Reading your post reminded me that it will happen to the best of us, might as well just deal with it the best we can and be proud of another run! Congratulations on completing 6 half marathons!! I am just about to sign up for my fourth…the only thing holding me back – they haven’t yet posted a map showing if there are porta potties on the route :)

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  1. [...] We enjoyed a nice dinner at a local Italian place, laid out all of our gear and nutrition and were all settled into bed by 9. The race was set to start at 7, so I set my alarm for 4 o’clock. I like to eat my breakfast three hours prior. I also like to give myself plenty of time to take care of bathroom needs. Looking for a porta potty on the race course is never fun. Trust me. [...]