Quick Recap: I didn't run as fast as I thought I might, but I had a great time. To be honest, it was harder than I thought it was going to be, but I knew that stressing over what pace I was or was not running would simply do no good. It was nice to enjoy the race simply for the love of the sport. Instead of stressing over my splits, I took time to enjoy the beautiful scenery, the excitement of strapping on a timing chip, a start and finish line, and the camaraderie of the other runners. I ran the entire race with a smile on my face. I let myself enjoy the race.
My Garmin: 1:38:52/13.41 miles/7:22 pace
Official Results: 1:38:51/13.1 miles/1st Age Group/10th Woman
|I thought a half marathon was supposed to be 13.1 miles? Apparently I need to work on running tangents.|
|Finish line shot captured by Sherpa Dan|
|That was fun!|
|I heart racing!|
My leg behaved itself for the most part; the latter hills caused my leg to start tightening up, but once I got out of the hills at Mile 11, I was fine and able to drop the pace (my last two miles were sub-7 pace). I've still got a lot of work to do with getting my speed back to where it was, but it will come. Right now I'm just damn happy to be out racing again!!
**On another note, I witnessed something today I have never before witnessed in person: a girl who finished directly in front of me literally crapped her pants upon crossing the finish line. She was wearing light yellow shorts and it was literally a chocolate luge running down her legs. Poor girl. I feel somewhat responsible as I was trying to chase her down at the end (unsuccessfully), and once I was upon her heels, she started picking it up...to the point of an explosion. At least she beat me. I hope that never happens to me.