So I made a decision about the race. I decided to do the half. I figured, that will be no problem after training for a full marathon. I picked up my packet Saturday after work and just hung out with the kids the rest of the evening. I got a decent night’s sleep and was hoping for rain in the morning since the temps were supposed to be in the 70s during race time.
I left my house really early, about 6:20 (race at 7:30) so I could get a good parking spot. I chilled in my car for a bit and decided I need to find a port-a-potty. I did. Mission accomplished. At the start I lined up by some 1:40-45 pacers and hoped they wouldn’t pass me during the race. The cannon went off and we began the race with the bright sun in our faces. I ran with runkeeper but didn’t pay much attention to it. The hill during the 2nd mile was annoying but I did alright. I was afraid I was going a bit too fast because I was already running at my goal pace 7:38-ish. I was pouring sweat and the humidity was high, so I was dumping water on myself from the first aid station on. Somewhere in the third mile was when I started to get that nauseous feeling. I got a 2nd wind after mile 4 but that went away quickly. The 1:40 pacer passed me (but he was going a bit too fast). We ran along the river and the sun was feeling hotter and hotter by the minute. We passed mile 5 and I walked to take two salt chews. Then I continued on but felt pretty horrible. I was just waiting for that first relay stop to decide what to do. It came just after 6.5 miles and I decided to call it a day.
I knew the 2nd half of the race would continue to get hotter and I already felt that sort of almost dizzy/sick feeling. I took off and ran into the neighborhood before calling RKY for a ride. Then I walked around for a while and they picked me up and dropped me at my car. I stopped on the way home to pick up a bounce house and just tried to concentrate on the girls’ party later that day. When people asked me about the race I just told them the truth, except my coworkers. I told them I didn’t bother to run at all.
At first I kind of explored my options for another full or half but I think I have made peace with my decision for now. The big reason for that being that I (think) I am just over 6 weeks pregnant. Though I haven’t had much nausea, I haven’t felt great while running. That combined with my allergies making me feel heavy headed, I don’t think a morning race will work out for me.
I will probably call my doctor this week but usually they don’t see anyone until 10 weeks. It’s a new doctor, so he may see me earlier, we will see. Hopefully it all works out and #3 will arrive in May.