Rockin’ the Parkway – Race Recap

15 Apr

Rock the Parkway half marathon is a race I have wanted to do for the last few years. And yesterday, I finally ran it!

I had planned to run this race as hard as I possibly could. My overall goal was running this thing under 1:40, however I thought it would be awesome to run it under 1:36:30 (my 2011 best).

As race day approached, the weather forecast looked worse and worse. Come race day, the high was mid 70’s, with high chances of thunderstorms, as well as high humidity. Obviously these details weighed heavily on my mind…BUT I was still ready to bust my booty and run as hard as I could!

Race Day

Saturday morning, Stacy and I left for the race. Stacy was a pacer for the 1:55 group, and I planned to run with the 1:35 pace group. The pacers use a Smart Pace Strategy, therefore I knew it would be a good idea to try to run with them. They would get me to the finish, and help me run a smart race.

Ready, Ready, Ready, Ready, Ready to RUN!

Awesome medals...that I was scoping out pre-race.

Obviously I was here very early...before anyone had even lined up for the start!

The first 6 miles, I was rockin! I felt good, and was truckin right along with my pace group. Then mile 7 hit…and I thought I might DIE. I started to lose my pace group, and also lose my mental strength.

The next few miles were TOUGH. I wanted to stop, I wanted to walk, I wanted to crawl on the curb and see if I could find someone to drive me to the finish (for real, no joke). But I didn’t. And I found my “dig deep” surge that I really needed.

I managed to finish the race like I started…STRONG. I gave that last mile everything I had in me, and didn’t give up until I crossed that finish line.

My final finish time was a 1:38:24.

That extra .05 could totally take off 2 minutes, right???

Check out 8, 9, 10, 11....obviously I was havin' some issues!

This time met my goal of breaking 1:40, but did not meet my goal of breaking 1:36:30. Therefore, I was let down.

Let down but still with a BIG smile on my face!

I appreciate everyone who so kindly tells me that the weather sucked, and that on a good weather day, I could have met my goals. I do believe that the weather slowed me down, but I do not believe that it would have helped me meet my big goal. Truth is, I probably didn’t train like I needed to, and I will be the first to admit that.

Next year, I plan to run Rock the Parkway again, if it isn’t too close to BOSTON (I say that in all caps because I am so freaking excited already). And next year, I plan to ROCK it even more than I did this year. The course was awesome, and the organization of the race was great. Anyone looked for a great Kansas City race needs to add Rock the Parkway to their list.

Thank you for all of your support before and after race day. It meant SO much, and I cannot wait to return the favor to all of you when you are working hard towards something!

XO,

Ali

PS. Not sure if you remember that I was running this race VIP status (bc I registered late and did anything I could to get in the darn thing), but I wanted to show you the amenities that came with VIP racing. I do not have a photo of my VIP parking spot, because I could not ever find the VIP parking lot.

Here are some additional photos for your viewing pleasure…

The VIP parking pass, that was never put to use

The VIP tent.........

OK, this might have made it worth the $150 registration fee.

 

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6 Responses to “Rockin’ the Parkway – Race Recap”

  1. Kevin Lu (@SweatEngine) April 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    The VIP porta potty is definitely worth the $150. To think of it, I’d probably pay more for MY OWN porta potty. I hate those things!

  2. Lindsey April 16, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Way to go Ali!! Love, Lindsey

  3. Brianna April 16, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    GOOD WORK GIRL!

  4. katiemoves April 16, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    Way to stay with it girl! That’s a great time!

  5. Stacy April 16, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Thank you Ali for paying $150.00 for this race so I too could pee in this potty pre race. Very Important POTTY! Great job on your race. Sometimes gutting it out on those hard miles is what makes us stronger for next time!

  6. Michelle April 17, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    Congratulations! I didn’t run it nearly as fast, but I did beat my previous time! I loved the race – close parking, not too crowded, but enough people to make it exciting!

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