Or maybe it was just the sparkle skirt that made me feel like super woman today? (See Team Sparkle Blog entry HERE.)
|Pre race: Hanging out, staying warm|
|Post race: Very happy & hungry|
I'm just going to get to it - I ROCKED my "A" goal (1:45) and ran my fastest half marathon ever: 1:44:14. This is a 3 minute improvement over my all-time PR. INSANE. I am in shock. Where did this come from? What more can I do?
I started out with the goal of running about 8:20 pace to start then would cut down to 8:15's to get me a 1:47 finish. That lasted for the first mile. Then, I just felt so good I picked up the pace and went with it. I was afraid I was pulling my classic maneuver of going out fast only to bomb at mile 9 but my heart rate was fine, I could hold a conversation, and I was just having so much fun that I didn't want to slow down. So, I decided to ignore my watch the rest of the race and just listen to my body.
At mile 11 I checked my watch and knew I had my A goal bested. I almost peed my pants. Then, I straightened up and concentrated on avoiding something ridiculous like falling into a pothole and pulling a DNF.
I have never run so strong in 20+ years of running and have never felt so good all the way to the finish.
This was easily the most enjoyable race I've ever run. The event was very well-organized considering there were 35,000+ half marathon runners, there were bands at every mile, water stops at nearly every mile, the course was FLAT, and I got to run a lap around the Indy 500 racetrack! I definitely recommend this to folks living in the area, though you need to sign up EARLY as it sells out early (January!).
And no race finish is complete without a local microbrew (Flat 12 Bierwerks and Sun King Brewing Co.).
|Recommend: Pale Ale, Amber|
|Recommend: Pale Ale|