What a race! A beautiful day, a gorgeous course and a new personal record!
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Living 15 minutes from the starting line certainly has its perks. I woke my sweet husband up at 6am – he had slept in the Mini Athlete’s room so I could get a good night’s sleep. Apparently the two of them were up most of the night so I am incredibly thankful he let me sleep!
One of my favorite things about this race? Seeing so many people I knew! We watched the half marathon get started and then fifteen minutes later it was our turn. That 15 minutes seemed to drag on forever! Nicole and I commented that we cannot event IMAGINE the marathons some people run where they don’t cross the starting line for 45 minutes after the gun goes off. We were antsy and ready to run!
Once we did get started, we found ourselves in the midst of some pretty bad traffic. I always underestimate myself and start too far back in the pack. There were SO many walkers in front of me! I spent the first quarter mile weaving around people. I remember exclaiming, “I just want to RUN!”
And run I did.
According to iMapMyRun (an app I use on my phone), I ran the first mile in 9:42.
I ran the first four minutes or so to get out of the crowded start, and then I switched to a run/walk method. I’ve been training at a 2:1 ratio, but I just didn’t want to walk that much. I ended up with about a 2 minute/30 second ratio and felt great!
I haven’t been running with an iPod in the mornings so I decided not to wear one for the race. I feared I hadn’t made the best decision, but I actually LOVED racing without music. The crowds were great and I really fed off the energy from everyone around me.
Before I knew it, I made the final turn toward the finish line.
I gave it everything I had. About 100 yards from the finish line, I saw my husband with the Mini Athlete on his shoulders, cheering me on. Don’t you love the shirt he wore today?
I almost cried – seeing them gave me the little extra energy I needed to finish strong! And finish strong I did.
I finished the race in 33:59!!!
That is almost 30 seconds faster than my previous PR! I couldn’t be more proud.
After finishing the race, we walked back toward the half marathon course and cheered on my friends somewhere between mile 8 and 9. I saw my friend Amma…
And my friend Alex…
But I really had one goal in mind – to find this lady.
Caroline is such an inspiration. She has lost 100 pounds and signed up for the Women’s Half as her first half marathon. I saw her close to mile 9 and jumped in and ran with her for a few minutes. She had the biggest smile on her face and looked so strong! She rocked the half marathon – I can’t wait to do one with her in Febuary!
I left the race on such a runners high. Half marathon training continues tomorrow!
Did you race this weekend? Tell me how you did!