Haha, wow. I forgot how hard a half is! Give me a 100 any day!!!!
So, I went into this race feeling tired, overtrained, and injured.
I knew I wasn’t going to have a peak performance; and I didn’t. But I had fun!
I found Beth M, another 100mile runner, at the start of the race.
I started out way too fast, as I always do. 6:20-6:30’s felt good going downhill though, so I maintained that. And then- Oh my word- run the reagan has HILLS? WHAT? Haha I totally forgot how challenging the course is! Whew. I hit the 10 mile mark and they were blasting the macerena. I looked down at my watch and saw 1:11 even, and decided , “what the heck? I need to have FUN!” so I stopped and did a quick macerena! Hahaha! They took pics, and I would really like to see them! I WILL SHARE THEM WHEN I FIND THEM!:) The rest of the course was a pretty tough hill, and I finished in 1:36, 7:19 pace. Too bad; definitely not what I have been training for, but a big improvement from my 2:06 (my first half untrained) on the course 3 years ago- haha! So overall, a great day. Not the SLAM that I was training and hoping for, but not a huge loss 1st in my AG. Not bad for “tired, injured, and overtrained” I guess, but not my goal, either. That’s okay- I’m gonna get it next time!!!
I got to catch up with a lot of friends. Beth Presten ran the half with her baby in her tummy in a shocking 2:12. You know a lot of people out there werent liking the pregnant chick passing them! Ha! Go Beth!
Beth McCurdy ran a solid race and finished shortly after me in 1:38. A PR for her on the course as well: way to go Beth M!
My babies tackled the 1 mile fun run- but there wasn’t anything “fun” about it’ they had their game faces on and were in it to win it! Brooklyn is 4 and finished in 11 minutes! Brett is 6, and ran that thing hard- finishing around 8mins. SO HAPPY my kids love to run!
And then my friend Jen calls me to tell me she smoked Iron Horse in 7
Hours!! What?!! Go Jen!!! I was so excited and proud of her that it made my day that more awesomely fun.
The consensus today with anyone I’ve talked to is that running a 1:36 and thinking it to be “slow” means I’m not in bad shape. Lol. We are looking for another half to do in a couple weeks that I can rest for and have this quad repaired enough for. My workout last weekend consisted of 16 mi w/ 10 miles at a 6:45 pace, 1:36- in no way- reflects that speed. (dang perfectionism)
Soooo- No, things didn’t turn out exactly as I’d hoped. But 1:36 and a macerana is great for running without the optimum conditions. I had a great time. I’ll get my goal next race. I’m sure of it!;)