When I started out I chose not to go for a PR, rather I set a goal of finishing between 2:15 and 2:30. I accomplished that. My official time was 2:16:31. At the expo I found some compression sleeves for my legs. I was hoping that would do the trick with the shin splints and the calf pain. I was right. I had no pain at all this run. I felt great. I was happily surprised to see that my splits from mile 9 on were negative splits. I have never done that before in a race. Mile 9: 10:30; Mile 10: 10:24; Mile 11: 10:11; Mile 12: 10:04 and Mile 13: 9:48. I was happy with this since that is when the wind started to kick in.
When we got there this morning the line for the bathroom was so long. I felt comfortable waiting since it was moving fast. It was cold, and I am glad that I packed running clothes for all weather. I did not wear my new Bondiband because I did not think it would be warm enough, but I should have, I would have been fine.
I then headed to the start line. The wind was terrible. I wanted to cry, but I knew that once I started running I would feel good. My first 2 miles were the slowest. I planned on that, knowing I would have to dodge runners and walkers and find a pace to set myself into. I then found a group of runners who were averaging a pace of 10:30 and decided to stick close by. Just after mile 8 I broke away and started to find new groups of runners to pace myself with.
On and off the wind would kick up, making running not so fun. When I was running into the wind tunnel, I though I was moving backwards. I was pleased to see that every one of my splits were under 11:00. I was also pleased that I did not have any pain, I felt great the entire run. I also did not bring my back pack, which I always do. I relied on my running fuel that I bring with me, and the water stops. That seemed to work out well.
At the end I was coming up to the finish line, and heard GO JENN... My husband was right there. He scared the crap out of me when he said that, I had my head down to break through the wind so I did not see him standing there. I gave it all I had at the end. It felt great to finish. As we left the stadium to walk down where food was we got a beer mug, and they filled it up, how cool, LOL
Gotta love the hair can you tell its windy?
Better View of the Mug
This was a great race. I think I liked it so much because it is my Husbands birthday. What better way to celebrate then to run a Half Marathon! I am excited and nervous about the upcoming weeks in preparation for the Marathon. The one thing I learned today is that I can do it, and I will finish strong!!!