Sorry it’s been so long. My roommate moved out, I didn’t have internet, I got busy, and I have a million excuses. 🙂
Long story short. My half marathon that I ran 4 times to train for…went surprisingly well. I somehow thought I was training at an 8 min/mi pace, but after I looked down at my watch after every mile and saw I was funning between 6 and 6:30 min/mi, I was in shock and awe. It was really cold at the start. I went with Jamie and we left at 6:30 AM. It was still in the 20s and the sun didn’t come up till right before the start.
I had a blast and midway through I even thought, “Hell. This is WAY easier than a mountain bike race.” However, I made a rookie mistake and didn’t drink any water. I forgot how hard it is while you’re running– I’m used to feed zones on my bike. Mile 9 is where the fun began- cramping which continued to the bitter end. My mile times were 8-9 min/mi and I lost 4-5 min overall. I crossed the line (and got passed in the last mile by a girl, shoot!) and nearly fell over. My entire body was cramping so bad I had to hold on to things to stand up. For days after, I walked like Frankenstein Gumby. I could barely walk…ask anyone. 🙂 It was quite the scene and no fun for me. I ran a 1:33 which put me in 3rd overall for the women. I’m a little confused by the results because they did not include the 2 master’s women who beat me…so I think the real result was 5th. It was such a shock and now it’s got me wondering how fast I could do it if I actually trained for it for a few months. I’m running a 10K on Thanksgiving… but man! I ran today, if that’s what you want to call it, and my ankles and knees were killing me. Jamie who immensely added to my fun was running the 10K. I think he won his age group and is just an all around badass. 🙂