On December 2, 2012, Maggie and I completed the last race in the Texas Bridge Series, the La Porte By the Bay Half Marathon.
I almost did not do this race. I was sick the week leading up to this race, and was not sure what was wrong with me. My doctor’s best guess was that it was a virus, and it would just take time to pass. The days leading up to this race, I was extremely tired. I was sleeping 10-12 hours a night, and still taking a nap or two during the day for an additional 2-4 hours. I can’t remember the last time that I slept that much.
My doctor did not want me to do this race. I asked if I could walk it, and she strongly recommended against that. But, I am stubborn, and knew there was no way I would miss this race. I was determined to at least walk it, and earn that additional medal for finishing all three Texas Bridge Series races. And I am lucky enough to have such a nice running buddy that she agreed to walk this race with me.
I tried running a little bit here and there in the beginning, but it was bad. I found myself getting out of breath so quickly. Something was off. But I just kept pushing through it. There was a lot of walking, but we were still having a good time.
We made it up the first side of the bridge, and on the way down, I had this sinking feeling. The sun was off to our right, and I began to have sun spots on the right side of my vision. I get migraines with aura, which means I see lights like sun spots before a migraine. I told myself it was just the sun and tried to ignore it. This was about halfway through mile 6. When the spots had not gone away 15-20 minutes later, as we were approaching mile 8, I knew it was a migraine.
One of my worst racing fears has been that I would get a migraine in the middle of a race. I did not have my migraine meds on me, did not have any ibuprofen, and was now about 8 miles away from my car where these items were.
After the turn-around at mile 8, I stopped at the water station and asked if anyone had any pain medication. They said they were not supposed to give any to me. I tried to explain my desperate situation, that I had a migraine and it would be very bad if I did not get medication right away. I will be forever thankful to the person who told me they had some ibuprofen, and agreed to give me what I needed (while telling me that if anyone asked, they did not give me any). Thank you so much, random stranger.
The headache began to slowly set in, and Maggie stuck with me, knowing this meant I would have to walk the rest of the way. We chatted and I tried to distract myself from the headache and nausea. This was a mild migraine compared to others I’ve had, and I was lucky that I got some ibuprofen in me when I did.
We ran just a little bit toward the very end of the race. It was not our usual sprint, but I was so happy to just be done. Although this will hopefully be my slowest half marathon ever, I felt just as much of a sense of accomplishment as I have for finishing any other race. I was so happy to be done!
- Mile 1: 13:00
- Mile 2: 14:17
- Mile 3: 16:35
- Mile 4: 13:04
- Mile 5: 14:39
- Mile 6: 15:19
- Mile 7: 12:49
- Mile 8: 15:31
- Mile 9: 15:47
- Mile 10: 16:19
- Mile 11: 15:43
- Mile 12: 15:44
- Mile 13: 13:09
- Mile 13.0 – 13.11: 9:08 pace
- Total: 3:13:01 (14:43 pace)
This is the closest my Garmin has ever been to the actual distance of a race – could it be the lack of weaving between people??
I was feeling a little better by the time we made it back to Houston, and was up for a quick breakfast at Denny’s before getting more sleep.
The medals were huge and both glittery! I would definitely consider doing the Texas Bridge Series again next year. These races were well organized, and they had great food options at the after parties. I also appreciated that they had packet pick-up available race mornings. These were such fun races!