My longest run up to that point was 8 miles. I knew I had some major training to do. I needed to build strength, work on speed, and work on hills. I had a wide open schedule starting in February and my training plan was set! I don't want to have any excuses except I am proud at how the 1/2 marathon turned out for me. I know I could have trained harder and better. I know I could have been more careful climbing retaining walls and not have sit out of training for a few weeks. I know I could have probably pushed myself a lot harder today...but you know what...I did it!
I can now say I ran a 1/2 marathon!
Some fun (or not so fun facts about the 1/2 marathon)! Just so I don't have to repeat myself a million times...and in case anyone wants to train with me next year....
-This morning was friggin cold. The entire run was pretty chilly! Thank goodness for my jacket! I was really surprised that my arms remained pretty frigid through out the race.
-Pacers are my friends. I started off with the 2:45 pace group. I looked at their split times and said to myself...I got this this. Um...well they took off in the wind...I wanted to pace myself a bit slower I guess. I felt like I was going fast...maybe because there were a lot of walkers. Then the 2:50 passed me at mile 6. Darnit. I still had to go to the bathroom. If 2:55 tried to pass me...I was going to freak out. If 3:00 even attempted to get close...I was going to trip them. Well probably not really...but it would have been tempting....but I would have probably been DQ'ed. So at mile 10 ish...the 2:55 pacer came up on me. I told him quiet clearly that he was NOT allowed to pass me! He asked me what my goal was and I said anything under 3:00. He assured me if I stuck with him he would get me there. Sure enough, he kept a close eye on me and when I slipped behind me, he kept track of me until I made it back up. The other girl pacer was also encouraging. I passed them at the last mile and finished right at 2:55! Woot!
|Me at 6.1!|
-My next goal-- working on my 10k pace. That will be my sole focus this spring/summer! I really want to participate in the Market 2 Market 78 mile relay in October...however my 10k pace needs to be under 11 mins per mile! I have a lot of work to do....and know I can run 1 mile in under 10 minutes! If I have come this far in a year....I can come a little bit farther over the summer!
-Will I do this next year...my husband asks? I hope so. I am hoping to have someone to train with next year. The training was a bit lonely this year. It would have been nice to have someone to run with, but I know that I was on the slow end and most of my friends are pretty fast.
|Sweet hugs from my littles!|