Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Longview Half and Too Much Vodka

I rarely drink...I spent most of 2014 training for races, so my Friday and Saturday nights were often spent going to bed early and waking up feeling like a human being.

This weekend...I more than made up for all of those nights I didn't go out this year. Oh boy...The morning after, I was reminded as to why I never minded being the sober one when we would go out. 

Waking up Sunday morning was a less than pleasant experience...I may or may not have said "I'm never drinking again" and here I am 4 days later and I still feel the same way. Recovering from a late night out in my 30's  is very different from when I was 21.

 
 Also note...Partying in your old college town and acting like a college student is a bad idea. 

I had planned on linking up with Tara over at Running N' Reading again this week and having a "Weekend Update" ready on Monday...but let's just say this old lady was in bed by 7:45 on Sunday night and then I think I might have made it to 8:15 Monday night. I'll say it one more time....Never.Drinking.Again!

 
I am going to go ahead and blame the copious amounts of alcohol that I consumed on the Longview Half marathon that I ran on Saturday. I signed up for this race back in August...when I was complaining about the heat. I couldn't wait for a nice fall half-marathon and I thought it would be a good way to keep myself on track after my marathon. Also...the shirts (long sleeve, half-zips) were cute. Yep...you caught me...I signed up for this race only for the half-zip and the awesome medal...I'm THAT girl :) 

 

Well...present me is kicking past me in the behind for signing up for this race. Not only am I still struggling with the desire to run much more than 5 or 6 miles...but the Polar Vortex has reared its ugly head here in Kansas and it is showing NO mercy. We are talking January/February type weather...BOO!! 

I did not...I repeat did NOT want to run this race. I seriously contemplated my first DNS and signing up for a virtual run (and running it on the treadmill) to get my November race in. However, at packet pick-up I got my hands on that sweet half-zip and I knew I wanted to be able to wear it...and there was no way I would wear it without running the race...so, that left me no choice. Running in Hoth would be happening.


This race was definitely not my best....my worst actually...but I survived and I get to wear my half-zip ;) All in all I would say the race was just okay. The course was pretty boring. Long stretches of highway (minus the few miles by the lake- BRR!!!) and pretty hilly.

 The parking situation wasn't great...AJ's brother ended up signing up for the race last minute and all they had were VIP registrations...so luckily he had VIP parking. Except...AJ ended up leaving to get a drink and kill some time while he waited and then couldn't get back in to the parking lot. He had to park almost a mile away and walk back to meet us at the finish line...which then meant that Brian and I had to walk back to the car after the race. Walking a mile in the cold after barely surviving 13.1 miles? No thanks...


While I had a PR for my slowest half-marathon, AJ's brother set an actual PR! He is seriously a running machine...and Saturday is no exception. He finished in 1:28:13, got 2nd place in his age group, and 9th overall. WHAT??? Hopefully I will be as cool as he is someday...probably not...but at least I get to say I know him :) 

So, during the race I wanted to quit...at mile 2, mile 4, mile 6, mile 7, 8 , 9 , 10 , 11, 12, and even mile 13...so I kept promising myself that if I finished that I would reward myself with all the beverages that night ;) So...like I said before...it's the Longview Half Marathons fault that I felt so terrible Sunday morning (and Monday and Tuesday)


While I keep complaining about how terrible I felt AFTER a night out...I have to say that it was definitely worth it. A night out with these ladies is definitely good for the soul and a night out in your old college town? Bad for the liver :)


Happy Hour in a college town is dangerous...My tab was seriously $8.50 :) 


This is when things went downhill...Fireball shots. Seriously, when I say I rarely drink...I mean it. So believe me when I say I NEVER take shots. This was my first (and last) shot of Fireball...yikes!

Don't worry...it's Wednesday now and I am feeling almost human again :)


2 comments:

  1. OH WOW. Yeah - drinking and me no longer get along either.

    But - it really is the Half marathons fault!

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  2. I wouldn't know the feeling of a hangover since I have never had a drink in my life...but it sounds awful!

    Congrats on running a great race despite not wanting to do it. That zip up is cute, I would have run it just for that too :)

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