Saturday, July 14, 2012

I won!!

I won the Star Valley Half Marathon today!! I was first female and 9th overall with an official time of 1:32:13. I lost a minute and five seconds in the portapotty which is frustrating, but I felt great otherwise and it was a FUN race and wonderful day.

I got to break the tape at the finish line, and I lead almost the entire race. It was an amazing experience!

I can not tell you my splits because I ran without my Garmin, however I am confident that my first three miles (downhill) and the last three miles (I was feeling awesome!) were the fastest.

I knew that it was possible for me to win, but the race had more people this year (still a small race though) and you never know who will show up on race day. Before the race I told Josh and our friends that if I was in a position to win, I would prefer to have people to "catch" and pass over the last few miles instead of leading and wondering who was coming up behind me. Then I ended up leading (out of the girls) almost the entire way.

A few women ahead of me took off very fast at the beginning and I ignored what they did and made sure I ran my own race. Without my Garmin to check my pace I had to go by feel, and I just continually tried to maintain a pace that felt like I was running fast and pushing myself, but doing so at a pace I could maintain for 13.1 miles.

By the end of the first 2-3 miles I was the lead female. I stayed that way until I had to jump into a portapotty at the 8.5 mile aid station. When I came out (and had lost just over a minute), one girl was up ahead of me and another was hot on my heels. I did not panic, but found my groove and pace again and knew that I would catch the girl ahead of me pretty quickly. I did, and I built a good lead back up. I never did look behind me, but the second and third place girls were just under two minutes behind me.

When I turned into the final stretch and saw them raise the tape up for me to run through it was pretty amazing. I was all smiles then, but I get teary-eyed thinking about it now. I know my time wasn't super impressive and it was just a small half-marathon, but it was still an incredible experience.

Just as wonderful as winning was, was how good I felt the whole time. I felt strong and fast and confident. I really, really enjoyed it. I think I smiled most of the last three miles, especially every time someone yelled at me that I was the first female.

I knew people (friends and neighbors) all along the course, had someone recognize me from the Runner's World article, re-met someone I had met in the airport on the way home from the Boston Marathon, and had someone drive by and yell out her car window that she reads my blog (hi!). 

I crossed the finish line, got my medal and some congrats, and then turned to look at the finish chute, and who was coming in? MY SHANE! The kid is 12 years old, and ran a 1:33:00 half marathon. Unbelievable! We ran together for the first almost six miles and then he fell behind. We met back up after my pit stop and then he fell behind again, but still finished less than a minute behind me. I am amazed and insanely proud!

Josh ran a strong race and finished in 1:45, and our Ryan (14) ran a 2:00 for his first half marathon. It definitely was a good racing day for the Henderson's.

I got a sweet handmade, wooden plaque and $100!
Back at home with my prizes, Before a shower! :)

With my Shane
With two friends, and my Ryan photo bombing us! :)
Josh hurried home after he finished because Noah wasn't feeling well and I had to stay for the awards, but it was our anniversary yesterday (16 years!) and I will post some new pics of us asap.

The newspaper is going to email me the pics of me crossing the finish line and I will post them when I get them, but here is a link to an article they posted today and there is a fun slideshow of pics from today (I am near the end).

More soon! I am off to use my "winnings" to take the kids to see Ice Age. :)

24 comments:

Jen@runfortheboys said...

YES!!!!! Rockstar friend of mine!!!!!! LOVE! Now I'm gonna read it...I just wanted to be the first commenter ;-)

Suz and Allan said...

Congratulations!!! That is so exciting. Enjoy Ice Age!

Runner Maybe said...

congrats, you have one speedy family.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Congrats that's so awesome!! I bet 2&3 would be miffed that they lost to someone who stopped to use the potty!! lol

Gracie said...

Oh my gosh, congratulations, winning without even a watch! Fantastic - and your son's time as well, very impressive at his age. Great job to all of you!

Kinley said...

That time is super impressive to me! How awesome!! Congrats! I follow the star valley race on fb and was totally surprised to recognize you from your blog winning it! I'd found your blog awhile back after Disney - I was just there for the half though, not goofy :)

Jill Will Run said...

Congratulations! That's awesome!

Someday I'd like to run the Star Valley Half... it's not in close proximity to Vegas, but the whole reason behind the race speaks volumes to me.

proudpatriot07 said...

Congratulations on your win and an amazing race :). Your are smokin' fast and so are your kids- I guess they get it honestly! Enjoy the movies!

Amy Lauren

lindsay said...

ohhh suuuuure mrs take it easy and run without a garmin!!! you are crazy amazing! :)

Kayla said...

That is awesome! Congratulations! You've made me want to enter a race again - I've been dealing with plantar fasciitis, and having to take time off from running, but even before that I was tired of the heat & feeling burnt out. Your recap brought the fun of running and racing back for me.

Jo said...

Congrats on winning! Such a great feeling!

Enjoy the movie with your family!

Terzah said...

Congrats on your first win, Erin! I love that you spent your prize money on movie day, too.

Team Serrins Springfield said...

Congratulations! That is fantastic for the whole family. Did Shane win the kids division or under 16 or whatever division they had?

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

Congratulations Erin! You did an amazing job, and without the Garmin is super impressive too! I was wondering about you all day yesterday, so glad to hear the great news. And way to go, Shane and Ryan (and of course Josh too)! You guys are the coolest running family.

Happy Anniversary!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

LOVE Ice Age!

Happy Anniversary.

Congrats again for winning and to all your happy runners!

You truly are an inspiration!

Jessie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Jlern1 said...

Congratulations! You so deserve to experience the upside of a race!! Great job : )

Jessica (Pace of Me) said...

oh my goodness, erin!!! this post made me cry happy tears. what a wonderful day for YOU and for your FAMILY! and i do think your time is super impressive! and you deserve that award!! i hope you treat yourself to something special with that $100!! congratulations mama!!!

Aunt Melissa said...

Congrats! Glad you tried another 1/2!

Adrienne said...

Congrats!!

Your coach knew what he was doing:)

Hope you enjoy the show and your pretty new plaque.

Laura @ Mommy run fast said...

You. are. amazing. Seriously- awesome job! I can't imagine holding that pace for 13 miles, and without a Garmin! So glad you got your redemption race, too. Shane was flying! Running genes in the family, for sure. :)

Nicole said...

Woo Hoo, that is just awesome! Congrats to you and your family for a job well done!

Yolanda said...

I am so happy for you and what a great way to spend your earnings!!

SWMom said...

Huge congrats to you!!!!!