Sunday, March 15, 2009
Half Marathon: Mission Accomplished
I wanted my third and final half marathon to be "easy." I wanted to weather to be cloudy and cool. I wanted to run the entire thing without any walking. I wanted to sprint across the finish line and feel good about how I had ran. Done. Done. Done. Done. Well, it wasn't easy. When is running 13.1 ever easy for someone like me? Me 50 pounds lighter? Yes, then it might be easy but dragging my big butt around for hours is not easy. That being said, I did accomplish everything I wanted. My time: 2 hours and 36 minutes Weather: Cloudy, cool, breezy, perfect The Finish: Sprinted and passed some people in the process The people: My amazing family There were lots of people out on the streets cheering us runners on. But the only people I cared about were my family. My mom, dad, sister and niece were at the race places at the right time. My family has lots of experience cheering for runners. My dad is a 100 time finisher of triathlons and we always had to make sure we timed his transitions correctly so we wouldn't miss anything. My family timed everything just right. I was actually running ahead of my predicted pace and I saw them at one point running out of their hotel to see me. They almost missed me! Nothing is better than seeing familiar faces cheering you along. And not to take anything away from my mom, dad or sister but seeing Diana's adorable mug smiling and yelling "Go Au Bob" in her little voice made running so much easier. I have the best family in the world. They wouldn't miss a thing I do which is just amazing. I can't wait to have kids so I can be there for everything they do. From age 1 to age almost 30 and beyond. And just for fun, here are my splits. Compare them to my splits from the last half marathon which sucked. Mile 1: 11:53 Mile 2: 11:54 Mile 3: 11:39 Mile 4: 11:40 Mile 5: 12:13 (I stopped for 50 seconds to make a bathroom break) Mile 6: 11:40 It was at the 6.5 mile mark that we ran past the finish line. I could see people finishing, hear music and the announcer naming names. In the words of Liz Lemon, I said out loud, "I want to go to there." Mile 7: 11:35 Mile 8: 11:59 Mile 9: 12:21 (stopped for 30 seconds to massage my pinky toe. It hurt!!!) Mile 10: 12:10 Mile 11: 12:01 Mile 12: 11:57 Mile 13: 12:22 Mile .1: 1: 03 Overall, I am very proud of my performance today. I was really nervous sitting in my car, waiting to go to the start line but I'm glad things turned out well. I am going to take a week of from heavy exercise and get back into light running next week.
Lovingly posted by Michelle MGD at 12:09 PM