I did not fly.

by Christina @ The Athletarian on May 7, 2012

**Thank you to everyone who wished me luck yesterday!  I read all of your comments before the race and all the positivity and luck really helped to keep me going!  You are the best!**

I am not great at writing race recaps.  I know a lot of bloggers are really awesome at remembering what every mile was like for them but I’m usually talking to myself or in too much pain to remember.  I will tell you one thing though, I did not “fly like the wind” but thank you to Britt who had faith in me to do so (she wrote that on my Facebook page and it made me smile)!


I can honestly say that I thought it would go a little better than it did.  I knew I had practically no training under my belt but I still had quite a bit of confidence in myself.  My confidence was boosted even more during the first half of the race.  The first 6 miles were amazing.  Dean and I were running comfortably, chatting, hating on the hill we were given at mile 3 (that was NOT nice, race planners).

At the back of my head I was thinking, “HOLY COW!  I could PR if I keep up this pace!  Plus, the second half has no hills so I will fly right through it!”  My PR is 1:44 so the “plan” didn’t seem so crazy at first.  But then when we hit around mile 8 I wanted to DIE.  My legs were so achy and my knees felt like they were going to give but mentally I was as strong as an ox.  I felt my whole PR dream slip out from under me and quickly reminded myself that I didn’t intend to PR so I had to get it out of my head.

We got slower and slower as the miles went on and I wanted to curse every person who passed me (but I didn’t!).  We took our time getting water, gatorade, and gels while hobbling our untrained legs to the finish.  We attempted a pathetic sprint to the finish and *think* we may have gotten a really cute picture :)  We ended up finishing in 1:59 and I am okay with that!


I will never, ever, EVER run a race untrained again.  My legs feel like they got run over by a truck!  I still had a good time, especially since I had Dean with me every step of the way.  He is naturally really speedy so I know he could have run much faster but he was by my side from start to finish.  I LOVE YOU!

No questions for you today…just tell me something that makes you smile! :)

Don’t forget to check out Jenn’s giveaway!  She is giving away some Chickbands and they are my absolute favourite headbands so go on over and enter!  The sparkly ones are my favourite ;)

{ 92 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katey C. May 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Finishing a race always makes me smile. Even if I was slow.


2 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Amazing! Crossing that finish line is one of the best feelings in the world! :)


3 Nicole May 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Great job even if you didn’t fly. You finished strong and had fun!


4 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thanks so much, Nicole!!


5 sarah May 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

That is awesome that you did it still! My friend took a week to train for a half marathon, and I was impressed by her performance as well. Just be nice to your legs for the next few days. P.s. I noticed that Dean was wearing a bag, does he fill it with alot of stuff? I am always contemplating having a little bag for phone, etc. but am not sure if it would just weigh me down. Any thoughts?


6 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thank you!

The bag is actually a hydrapack! It’s filled with water and has a really long straw that comes around to the front so you can drink as you run! There is a little pocket for some extra stuff too. The bag is pretty small so I don’t think it really bothered him at all :)


7 Bigsy May 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

congrats… next one i’m in..


8 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

In the fall, Bigsy! Train this summer and we will all run it together! :)


9 Jenn's Adventures May 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You and Dean make me smile:)

I can’t wait to run another race with my man — it’s been too long!! I won an entry for a half marathon in Cali around November (In fact… I need to write a review & offer another entry as a prize!) so I’ll learn from your doing and start training if I’m really gonna run it!

PS: That was a fabulous race recap, whatchu talkin’ bout girrrrl;) <3


10 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Aw you’re so nice :)

You two should totally run one together again!! And yes, please give yourself enough time to train!

Hope you’re having an amazing Monday, my love!! Miss your face (but love when you post pics of it on Instagram!). xo.


11 Justine May 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Congrats, girl! You are an inspiration to a novice runner like me :)




12 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thank you, Justine!! You are an inspiration to a novice fashionista like me!


13 Ali Mc May 7, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I know this is a much longer distance (double) but that sounds exactly like the 10k relay of mine…..I felt so good and then at the halfway got slower and slower. lol

It was b/c I wasn’t trained….the legs just filled up. You did AMAZING! and a sub 2hr to boot!!!! I think that’s awesome :)


14 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Thanks, Ali! Sounds like we were in the same boat! NOT FUN! At least we learned from our experiences, right??


15 Boston Bound Brunette May 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Congratulations for completing the race!! I finished my half too and in about the same time as you two did!! I am sore today too but in a good way. I miss being sore like this…it’s been a while. Just being able to run these days makes me smile :)


16 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks, Sandy! Congrats on your race too! Doesn’t being able to run again feel so good? Even though I’m in so much pain today, I am so thankful that my body was able to carry me through those 13 miles!


17 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner May 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Congrats! You had a great time, especially considering all the factors that came into play toward the end of your training. You guys look like you had so much FUN!


18 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Thank you!!! We DID have a lot of fun together! :D


19 Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean May 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Untrained??? Yep. It’s official. YOU ROCK! :-D

LOVE the shirt you ran in btw!!!


20 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thanks, girl! The shirt is from Lululemon and it’s called the “stuff your bra” tank! It’s got little pockets in the bra area to carry gels, an ipod, phone, etc. So cute :)


21 Alexandra May 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Even if you finished slower than normal, you’re a freakin BEAST for being able to run a half untrained!! I’m awestruck, you rock sista! :)


22 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Thanks, Alexandra! YOU rock as well! I am awestruck by you and your amazing photos everyday on Instagram!!


23 Beth @ RUNNING around my kitchen May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

You’re awesome and you ran an amazing race, especially considering the kinks in your training!!! You should be so proud, you pushed hard and had a great race :)


24 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I am proud! It’s hard to not want that PR even if you have no intention of getting it. It’s always in the back of my head! This was a good lesson for me though. PR’s can’t happen every time so I’ve just got to roll with it and learn to enjoy myself! Thanks, Beth!


25 angie on maui May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Your positivity and perspective make me smile. Sorry your race didn’t go as planned, but not only did you finish (and still with a very good time), but you learned from it, too. Train, train, train!

So glad you had Dean there with you for the moral support!



26 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Thanks so much, Angie. I definitely learned from it and will never make the same mistake again!


27 Marcia May 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm

If nothing else, races like that remind us of how hard running really is and not to take our training for granted. You were still super cute–love the peach top!


28 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I agree with you 100%! Thank you – the top is from Lululemon!


29 Jina @ Behold the Turtle May 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Love your race outfit! I think you did a fabulous job! Amazing time for not training! You and Dean are so adorable together.


30 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Thanks so much, Jina!!!! You are always so positive, I love it!


31 Karen May 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Congrats by the way…. I’m just curious how much did you run? I am doing a 1/2 in November and I so want to be ready for it. How many weeks of training do you think is good? Not overly anxious to start training to early but I did a 5K yesterday beat my last years time by 1:05 (Been doing a lot of Sprints from James Wilson workouts) but I felt like my endurance was not there. I haven’t run a lot since my 10K last October so I know I have to give it time if I’m going to get to the finish line of a 1/2 marathon :) just looking for suggestions….


32 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Hi Karen! Everyone is different but I find I run races the best/strongest when I’m training about 4-5 days a week. There are so many training plans that you can google. I got mine out of a book from a local running store and followed for my races in the past. However, I did not really train for the race I just ran. I did no cardio for about a month before and prior to that was only running about 2-3 times a week. It was definitely not enough for me! Do not follow that example! I would say give yourself a solid four months of training (or 16 weeks), especially if it’s your first half. I know that’s what worked best for me in the past but once again, you could be different! Check out some online plans and see what would work best/fit into your schedule!

Hope that helps!


33 Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl May 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I’ve learned the undertrained and over zealous lesson a time or two in the past myself, but the good news is that the pain fades :)

But you got in a sub 2 hour finish on minimal training, which is awesome! I’m proud of you, and the number on the clock doesn’t define you as an athlete. You still are super awesome and lovely :)


34 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:34 pm

THANK GOODNESS this pain will fade! I am not a fan of it. Not a fan at all! Thanks for all of your support and words of wisdom all the time, Britt. You are seriously my #1 inspiration! I hope that one day I can become as dedicated and committed to my running as you!


35 Alex @ therunwithin May 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Despite you saying you were dying, your pictures say otherwise. I am impressed with some amazing photo skills and hilarious faces. Always make the races go by so much faster! Soreness will go away but hey lessons learned!


36 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Hahaha thanks, Alex! We are pretty skilled picture takers! You-re right – it definitely made the race go by faster AND made it more enjoyable through the painful moments!


37 Elle May 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Knowing that you and the Deanster finished together makes me smile. Thanks to him for staying with you and encouraging you. Hurray!


38 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Yay! He’s the best, isn’t he?! Thanks so much, Elle!


39 Sarah May 7, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Girl I felt the exact same way on my marathon on Sunday. Maybe it was just that kinda day for us. First half was going good and then I also felt my PR slip away from me. Then I had to remind myself with 6 weeks of kinda training I wasn’t expecting to PR. Just to finish strong and happy and I did just that.

Good job on the race, you still did awesome!


40 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Thanks, Sarah! Sounds like we had a pretty similar experience! I actually just read your recap. I’m trying so hard to catch up on blogs! Your outfit was so dang cute! I want every piece! Congrats on getting through it. I can imagine how tough it must have been with such little training. Glad it ended well and that you were able to treat yourself to some yummy food!


41 Jenny @ The Little JBird May 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

You did an amazing job considering the obstacles you faced in training. Be proud, girl!
And you & Dean are so stinkin’ cute! :D
Well done!!!


42 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Aw thank you so much, Jenny! I hope you had a great Monday!


43 Vanessa May 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Sub 2 is fantastic! That’s a goal of mine for this summer. Do you run with your phone in your hand/on you? I’d like to carry mine in an upcoming race but am thinking maybe I should get an armband or belt to hold the phone.


44 Christina @ The Athletarian May 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thanks, Vanessa! I actually had my phone on me the whole time. The top I’m wearing is called the “stuff your bra” tank (from lululemon) and it’s got pockets in the bust area for a phone, ipod, gels, etc. I just tucked it in there for the duration of the race and it didn’t move! I also have an iphone (which is pretty big) and it fits into the shirt wonderfully! I saw a lot of people with armbands too (I just don’t own one) but having it in my shirt made it really easy to take out and snap pictures!


45 Vanessa May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks so much for the fast reply! I have an armband that I just found (it was some race swag) so I’ll try that out. But I’m thinking that that tank top is way too cool to pass up. :)


46 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile May 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

That is still an amazing time. You should be proud of yourself, with barely any training I would have died!! You are awesome :)


47 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

Thans so much, Brittany! I am actually pretty surprised I didn’t die! Hahaha :)


48 Amy May 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Congratulations!! I love the idea of the “stuff your bra” tank! Especially during a race, I don’t like those armbands at all.
Races are always better with company too :)
My sister and I are running a fundraiser race next weekend for Mother’s Day. We even managed to get Mum and Dad to do the walk on the same day. Gotta love my Mum :)


49 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yes, the stuff your bra tank is GENIUS! That’s so awesome that the whole family is getting in on the fundraiser! You guys will have a blast!


50 Heather May 7, 2012 at 10:21 pm

In the NY marathon around mile 25 I got passed by a man dressed in the full UPS outfit carrying a box! Me, my training, and all my high tech gear couldn’t beat that guy, ha! I am still proud of finishing – I try not to think to much about time or compare myself to others – costume or not :) Congrats on your race – you look adorable start to finish!!


51 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

Wow! That is hilarious! You are so right – as hard as it is, we should never be comparing ourselves to others. Thank you!


52 Jenn @ Run It My Way May 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm

I’m just getting home from a very long roadtrip and seeing this now – THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

And congrats on the race, I think a sub-2 hour half is pretty awesome, especially when you didn’t train for it!!



53 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

You’re very welcome! Anything to help a fellow blogger out!


54 Nadège May 8, 2012 at 1:55 am

Congrats again Christina !!! & Dean as well (so sweet of him to support you in this race, you’re a lucky girl ^^)
Let’s just say that practising sport make me smile, or at least makes me feel good ;)


55 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:19 am

I know, I am so lucky! Thank you again for all your support!


56 Sarah @ feeeding the brain and body May 8, 2012 at 6:20 am

Congrats nonetheless! Im so incrediby frustrated from that race because even my full long practice run was quicker. I was not prepared mentally and my heart was pounding before the race even started. I was going to sign up for the toronto womens half marathon to do it again at the end of the month but its sold out :( Christina were you right beside the 1:47 sign at the start line?? I think I saw you!! Someone with a bib that said Christina beside a dude that looked like Deen at least!


57 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

I just read your recap! Don’t worry, Sarah. It wasn’t our best race but it’s definitely not something to beat ourselves up over. We did what we could based on our circumstances and we should be happy with that! I still think you did great. Be proud for pushing through it!

That totally was me beside the 1:47 sign! You should have come on over! I would have loved to meet you!


58 Tink May 8, 2012 at 8:20 am

Congrats! It’s really sweet of Dean to have stayed with you the whole time, now that really IS love!


59 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Seriously!! Thank you!


60 Meghan Rene May 8, 2012 at 10:12 am

Isn’t crossing that finish line the best?? When I felt like I crashed during a race – I always remind myself that I ran further and did more than most people in the world that day! It makes me feel so much better.

Congrats and cute outfit!


61 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I agree with you 100%! Thank you so much!


62 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 8, 2012 at 10:56 am

Way to go! Sorry the legs aren’t feeling 100%, but I hope you’re not to sore from it.

Something that makes me smile – it’s lunch time here!


63 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Sooooo sore, Tiff!! It was woth it though! I learned a great lesson! Lunch time makes me smile too :)


64 Nicole @ Atlas Grace May 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

You and your bf are so cute! It’s great that you guys run together and keep each going.

Your sub-two hour time is but a dream for me! Super inspiring. I am hoping to run a half marathon in Calgary later this fall, but I’m scared! I follow your blog to stay motivated.

Thanks :)


65 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Thanks Nicole! You should totally run the half marathon. Don’t be scared! As long as you follow a solid training program, you will do amazing! Just promise me that you won’t do what I did, okay?! You NEED to train for it!!! It will be such a great exprience!


66 Sailor Girl May 8, 2012 at 11:01 am

Not every race is your best race. I think your time is great, considering you weren’t able to train the way you wanted. I do triathlon and my husband (who was an excellent triathlete) always tells me that I should run my own race and that it doesn’t matter what other people are doing. Never give up. Never look back.



67 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Your husband is a wise man! Thank you for that!


68 Julie May 8, 2012 at 11:08 am

You finished!!! That’s what matters.


69 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Exactly! Thank you so much, Julie!


70 Donna Gallardo May 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

That is so great!!! congrats to you and Dean. It doesn’t matter how you finished as long as you did. I had a similar feeling last weekend for my first marathon. holy cow did I want to die, but I managed to finish strong and that’s what matters.
A nice run in the a.m. with coffee waiting for me on a gorgeous sunny day is all I need to make me smile.
I hope your doing wonderful! :)


71 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Gorgeous sunny days make me smile too! Thank you so much and congrats on your first marathon! That is such an amazing accomplishment. I remember when I ran my first (and only) marathon. It was SO hard but it felt so good to finish!

Hope you’re having an amazin Tuesday!


72 Lisa May 8, 2012 at 11:38 am

Goodness, I can not even imagine going into a race not trained! Props to you for following through. Great job on even finishing!


73 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Thanks so much, Lisa! I might have been a bit crazy to even consider doing it but so happy I got through it!


74 Hayley @ Oat Couture May 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Aww you too are so cute! Love that pic of you both! Well done for getting it done love! I knew you could! I think you still got a pretty great time as well! :) One thing that makes me smile is taking my dogs on long beautiful hikes and watching them tear around racing and play fighting with each other. It’s the simple things! :)


75 Christina @ The Athletarian May 8, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It definitely is the simple things! I need to get myself a dog! Thank you so much, Hayley!


76 Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance May 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

ummm your race pics are making me smile!!! so cute! you are awesome for pushing through! i can relate to the awesome feelings of the first half and the “oh no!” in the second half…that was my same race on saturday but like you i decided just to make the most of it and have fun! great time friend! will you race again soon?


77 Christina @ The Athletarian May 12, 2012 at 9:59 am

I race tomorrow! Hahaha! Dean and I are tinkering with the idea of a marathon in the fall… Thanks for all the kind words. You always put a smile on my face :)


78 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run May 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Girlfriend, 1:59 is NOTHING to shake a stick at. ;) I’m going for my first half marathon, and I know I won’t get anywhere close to that time! Way to go!!!! You pushed right through! Congratulations!


79 Leeana May 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Sub 2hr half on minimal training is amazing! Also love the whole Lulu outfit! Can I ask if the speed shorts in that colour are as comfy as the plain ones? I felt them in the store and they didn’t seem as stretchy is plain black, which is what I ended up going with.


80 Christina @ The Athletarian May 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thank you! I know exactly what you mean about the different materials. I have a few pairs of each. They are equally comfy though! I actually prefer the “stiffer” ones…I think my butt looks kinds loose in the soft ones hahaha!


81 Missy May 8, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Congratulations! That finish time is great seeing as you didn’t train!
You should definitely be proud!


82 Amylee May 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm

This makes me smile! You may not have won, but I’m willing to wager you were the best looking couple on the course. Hope you’re recovering okay!


83 Courtney May 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

That hill was absolutely BRUTAL! And so early on! My friend told me to watch for it at mile 4 (he mixed up the marathon and half marathon courses), so when I saw it so early, I wanted to cry.

Congrats on a strong finish, despite a lack of training!


84 Rachelle May 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm

You are seriously freaking amazing! Wow so incredibly proud of both you and Dean. First of all you both look great and I seriously wouldn’t be suprised if you were on the cover of my next Oxygen magazine.

Secondly I freaking love your attitude and that you stayed mentally strong. At the end of the day that is truly the most important. Congratulations on the accomplishment. :)


85 Christina @ The Athletarian May 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

Omg hahahaha in Oxygen magazine! I can only dream… You are too sweet, girl! I hope you have a great weekend! Love ya!


86 hikermom May 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Great job! I can’t believe I missed this post. Way to run it under 2 hours without training:)


87 Corey @ Learning Patience May 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm

1.59 is awesome…but I totally hear you on the not fully training properly before your next run. I hate feeling ill prepared! Y’all looked like you had a blast…and you make such a cute couple!

xoxo from Trinidad


88 Christina @ The Athletarian May 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Thanks Corey! xoxo


89 Alejandra May 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I love that Dean runs with ray bans. Also love that they STAY. ON.


90 Christina @ The Athletarian May 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

I KNOW! I’ve tried and they slip off my nose because they don’t have those little nose pieces! I went with MK aviators instead! ;)


91 Alejandra May 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

I’ve been running with Carerra sunnies but the longer I start running, the less they wanna stay on my face! I gotta go look for the “nose things” now! Still so proud of ya!


92 Danielle May 11, 2012 at 11:40 am

Congrats!! And umm..1:59 for untrained? I think that is pretty freaking awesome!! Nice work guys! P.S. love your outfit!


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