The weather was originally supposed to be HOT, but we somehow lucked out with some clouds. At least, the weather seemed to be good… There was a downpour 15-20 minutes after I finished the race, which made my walk to the car a bit unpleasant. I’m grateful that I wasn’t running when the storm started!
I didn’t have any real goals for this race. It had been 2 years since my last half marathon (which didn’t go very well…) and I just wasn’t sure of what my fitness level would be on Sunday. My half marathon times have ranged from 2:03 to 2:18, so I knew anything could happen. I decided at the starting line that I wanted to beat my FIRST half marathon time (2:12), which I got in 2011 at the RnR Chicago Half, so I paced myself for that.
Lining up at the start
I felt pretty good for the entire race. For the first 6 miles, I kind of needed to use the bathroom, but I wasn’t sure if I should waste time stopping. The internal debate of whether or not to use the bathroom made for an unpleasant first half of the race. I made the decision to stop and, despite the loss of time, I think I was able to finish stronger with the break than I would have without it. This was the first time I felt better during the second half of a race than during the first half.
When I knew that I would hit my randomly chosen time goal, I decided to push myself harder and leave everything out on the course. I’m really proud of myself because I finished in 2:09:21, which was a 9:52 pace. Not bad at all! I can tell the marathon training is working because I’m in decent half shape (as for myself). Someday, I WILL go sub-2, but probably not during marathon training 😉
I’m super proud of this half marathon finish and now I really want to devote next summer to getting a PR for the 13.1 distance. Marathon training is awesome, but now I feel like I need to catch a sub-2 half next!
Anyway, here are my other workouts for week 6 of marathon training:
Monday: 1 hour yoga practice
Tuesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: 4 mile run (cut down from a 6 miler because I wanted FRESH legs for the half marathon)
Saturday: Lots and lots of walking
Sunday: HALF MARATHON!
This week, my body feels pretty worn out and in need of some serious rest. I’m going to try and take it easy for now. Races take a lot out of me.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!