We did it! We did it! We can finally say that we ran The Great Aloha Run. With all the health and fitness goals we made for this new year, it only made sense to add this one in. Not only that, but it's on my 30 Before 30 list, so I figured why not do it now while we are already in the process of getting fit.
As a side note: I'm glad the hubby was down and that he pushed for it, because our last run together was back in 2011! It was about time we did another one.
The run was on Monday, February 17th at 7am, so we woke up bright and early at 4:30am and left at 5:15am. And although we thought we left early, apparently we didn't. We were the last car that they let in to the Aloha Stadium for parking. After that it was closed. Talk about lucky! I guess they were supposed to close the parking lot at 6:00, but somehow we were lucky enough to still get in at 6:10am. (We did not know about this.) So much for being "early" like I thought, but all worked out and all was well. After standing in line for only a short while, we were able to get on an empty bus to be dropped off downtown at the start of the race.
Once we started we ran for a long time. We did our first mile non-stop before walking a few steps. After that couple second breather, we started our second mile. I was shocked that we were able to run for that long without having any running training prior to this, but this was a total testament to me that Crossfit really does make you fit. (And this was after only 5 weeks of Crossfit.) Anyways, we tried to run/jog as much as we could, taking short walk breaks in-between, as well as walk breaks where the water stations were. Trying to keep up with Spencer started getting hard for me, especially during the middle of the race, but luckily he really pushed me to keep going. I know if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have finished in the time that I did.
As we ran past the halfway mark (mile 4) I saw some people stopping to get a pic with the sign, so I told Spencer I wanted to do that at the next sign. So here we are at mile 5.
The first half of the race (even more) was pretty good, but the last few miles were pretty hard. That's when the inclines and the slants in the road started, which made it so much harder. That was when I really started slowing down. But of course as we got closer to the end we started running non-stop again. We ran the last mile and a half non-stop, which was killer, but Spencer and I were determined to reach our goal time. Our goal was to finish in 2 hours or less, and guess what? We did it! We finished in 1:41. I couldn't believe it! We way beat our goal time and I was so proud of us. I know I definitely slowed Spencer down and he could've gotten an even better time, but he was still happy with the results.
I was so proud of us and so happy we got through that. About halfway through the run my hip flexors got really tight and I had to stop to stretch them, but after that they were fine. I was surprised to see that I wasn't sore that day or the next day; none of my muscles bothered me. The only place that hurt was the side of my right foot, which was really pretty random. I think it might've had to do with the slants in the road, but it also could've been because I didn't break my shoes in good enough before. I probably should've done that more in the weeks and days preceding the run. Spencer was pretty sore all over. He was complaining about his sore legs that night and the next few days, but luckily mine were just fine. :)
Until the next GAR.... Aloha!