13.1 miles (race)

I did it. I ran a half marathon and am alive to tell about it. As you can kind of tell from my longer runs blogged about I have been training for the run. Or at least I attempted to train. I slacked off on some of my longer runs later in the training.

My ultimate goal was to finish in 2:10, but since I hadn’t been training very well in the end I think I would have been happy with 2:15. But, I didn’t have to settle for either. I finished in 2:03! Oh yah, I’m excited.

I have to say that I think I kicked some serious butt in this race. I didn’t think I’d be able to run this fast for this long. Heck, my fastest run before this was a 10mile a month or so ago, and even then it was 9:41 and I had taken a breather (untimed) at the top of a hill waiting for my mom and her bike!

There were somethings that really kept me going.
— I am actually pretty good at hill! I passed people on hills, and then stayed ahead of them! I’m sure this has to do with the fact that no matter where I run near my home I have to run hills, but it was a real confidence booster during the race!

— After the first mile I saw a girl who I had followed in a 10K in the area last year. I kept up with her until we got to a hill and then I passed her. It felt good, and I knew I was doing better than I did in my 10K last year!

— There were three girls ahead of me running with a guy who talked a lot and could have worn more clothes (spandx shorty shorts and extra mini tanks). I called them the “skanky chicks” and decided I was going to pass them. I did, and I was going good, until I stopped at a water station and had to wait a whole 7 seconds or so to get water, they passed me again, but they weren’t talking anymore!

— I didn’t know much of the trail/path we were running, even though I’ve run on some of the trails, I think this helped me, at least mentally. The last 3 miles were hard. We got onto a trail I had run multiple times and I knew exactly where I needed to go to the finish. I hated that, it was the longest 30ish minutes of the run!

— I sprinted the last .1, yup, a full out sprint and it felt good. Thank goodness it was only .1 miles though! Right before mile 13 there was a big hill. I’ve run this hill in the past, but not after 12.8 miles! It sucked and I’m glad I hd some energy to sprint afterwards.

— Running up the killer hill in mile 12 I had a girl shoulder to shoulder with me. It really helped to keep me from slowing down!

Overall, I’m really excited that I ran this, and it makes the concept of running a full in October!

We are napping...on my car. We were tired!

We are napping...on my car. We were tired!

Then we napped on the ground, clutching our finishers medals. We are special.

Then we napped on the ground, clutching our finishers medals. We are special.

Yay, excited after the race! My friend Amy and I.

Yay, excited after the race! My friend Amy and I.

Super excited pose. We have to do this after every race, or else....

Super excited pose. We have to do this after every race, or else....

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Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:03:54
Pace: 9:28


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