Another one in the books folks! Yep, I completed my second half marathon on Saturday, and it was great!
We arrived in DC around 7:30 with just enough time to hit the expo. A friend had already picked up our bibs so we just walked around and bought a few things.
Katie and I
Katie and her husband, Matt
Once we got back to our hotel, I layed out my clothes and got into bed. Our room was awesome and had a kitchen and a little living area. Score!
The race shirt- I like it!
The morning came so quickly and I knew it would! It was freezing when we woke up, but I was excited and ready to go.
Things were off to a good start until we went downstairs and the cab we ordered wasn’t there. Fortunately, another one came along and we got in.
The cab dropped us off on a street where a police car was blocking traffic. I didn’t see any other runners but I didn’t really think anything of it. When we got out, we asked the cops which way to the start line. Turns out that the cabbie dropped us off 3 miles away from the stadium….and we only had 20 minutes until the start of the race!!
Katie then jumped in the middle of the street and hailed down a tow truck that worked for the city (he was dropping off cones). Four of us piled in his two seater tow truck and he took us to the race. SUCCESS!
Anyhow…when the race actually started, I was feeling okay. I wasn’t too speedy, but I wanted to take it slow and just get warmed up. My goal was not to burn out, and to finish strong!
Mile 1-3 – No problem, moving along at a 9:30/10 min pace
Mile 4-5- Ok, I need to speed up
Mile 6- HUGE HILL, feet hurt, took my first walking break
Mile 7- Feeling sluggish, why can’t I get in a groove?
Mile 8- Woman hands me a water bottle on the sideline- LOVE HER! Took some Shot Blox and felt better
Mile 9- More hills, feeling like my PR is vanishing and I might as well just let it go and have fun!
Mile 10-11- Having a fun time, feeling a little pain but not going crazy. Taking little walking breaks as needed. Took a Gu.
Mile 12-13 – Feeling amazing! Picked up the pace and finished SUPER STRONG!
Final time: 2:14:28
I was soooooo happy when I was done, and I could care less about my time! I didn’t beat my 2:12:58 PR, but I finished really strong and felt amazing.
I wish I could say that I still felt that way….Realizing afterwards how close I was to beating my PR I know that I could have killed it if I just pushed through a little more and took shorter walking breaks. I wish I wasn’t upset about it, but I kinda am!! Oh well…there are more half marathons (and hopefully a full) in my future, and I know that I will kill that PR.
And Katie???? She blew away her goal of finishing in under 4:30. I was so proud of her!
Today I’m feeling really good- my body is a little tight, but I can tell I was properly trained and fueled because I’m really not in any pain.
Time to just rest up and get ready for another week ahead.
I want to thank you guys so much for your encouragement and support leading up to the race! Even though I haven’t been around much, I really appreciate you still coming by and commenting!