Other titles for this blog post would have been HOLY SH*T I took 20 minutes off my time…let’s dance in the street!!
Last night the nerves for this race hit. I’ve been working my BUTT off lately but was I really going to be able to accomplish a half. My last attempts at half’s have been pretty horrible. Some people are amazing long distance runners, they just have it. Sadly I’ve never been one of them.
I woke up race day with a mission…finish and finish stronger than ever before! That’s a smile of determination.
Before the race kicked off there was actually a Harlem Shake Video taping. I wasn’t going to participate but I grabbed my sons light saber and Darth Vader Mask and joined in the madness. The best part I’m way in the back you can only see my hand once in a while! Here’s how it kicked off:
Then cue the music and tons of crazy dancing runners! It was pretty cool and the first time I’ve seen it at a race.
After the fun in was time to get serious and line up for the main event. I realy liked that this was JUST a half marathon there wasn’t 10k runners mixed in. That always drives me crazy in races when a one point in the route suddenly half the runners disappear. Every person at that start line was running 13.1 miles.
Although my GPS disagreed completely with the official course mileage and not by a little but by almost a half a mile? My run keeper has always been right on, I even back it up with car drives to double-check so I’m not sure why the discrep on this race? But at the finish line my GPS read 13.7 miles! That is a pretty large gap between 13.1 and 13.7.
The race started out with a nice big hill that I honestly expected to be much worse than it really was. My first 4 miles were pretty smooth. My first 5k split was 33 minutes which is right on for what I wanted. Around mile 5 I started having my issues and walked a good half a mile. Booo! I ate my magic beans and started to get my groove back. My 10k split was a 1:08 again I’m slowing down but that still isn’t horrible. Around mile 8 I think I grabbed a GU from the station which normally I pass on but I needed something. It was Java flavored and for the first time in my running career it didn’t give me heartburn!!
Mile 9 was doozey for me I couldn’t find a good pace and ended up passing a bunch of people then not being able to hold the pace…I hate that! Then my hip started acting up it was a bad mile for me. By the 10 mile marker I just kept thinking….If this was the Goat I would be done! And with my best time EVER! But it wasn’t the goat and there were still 3 pesky miles yet to complete.
Those 3 miles were a challenge to say the least. At this point my brain kind of shut off which was the biggest problem. I ran without thinking. I passed the 11 mile marker and just started walking. My brain sold me out. At mile 12 I was back to running but the great pace I had held the whole race was crushed at that point. I was shooting for 10:30-11:00 minute miles. I ended up with closer to 11:45 miles.
For my next half I have to work on miles 10-13 and getting more endurance for them. I did take 20 minutes of my precious best time for a half so now matter what this run was a win for me. Now I’m just working on an even better PR for my next half!
This was my first half this year just 12 more to complete for #13in2013 I’ve got a few virtual ones coming up.
The after race expo was great and I got to chow down on two of my favorites Byrne Dairy cholocate milk and Chobani…yummm. Of course I also had a banana and some orange slices too.
Question of the day: Ever been in a Harlem Shake Video?