You have to share the glory with me on this one!
You really talked me through a rough month.
I finished my third half marathon yesterday in Dallas.
And I rocked it.
Just look at that smile!!
I shaved NINE minutes off my time!
I can’t find my Garmin right now, but my watch time was 2:38 (and some change). What the what?
I was so surprised. I have a theory on why I did so well, but I am going to talk about that later.
I started the race with J from the running club and the first two miles were awful, just awful. I expected that. I haven’t been running and I knew going in that my only goal was to finish this race. I projected a time somewhere in the 2:50 range. At mile two, I sent J off because I already needed to walk for a bit.
I took my time, walking and running, just trying to remember that I wanted to finish without injury. About mile 4 or 5 I realized that I was still in front of the 2:40 pacer. I decided to do my best at staying in front of them for as long as I could.
I tried to take some pictures, but they all turned out blurry. We headed into Highland Park and I love running through that neighborhood. The houses are so incredible! Again, I wanted to take pictures, but didn’t want to stop.
I sailed through miles 6-8 and realized that I really wasn’t walking anymore except through the water stops. When I hit mile 9 I knew that I was on track to PR. I was stunned but very happy.
Somewhere around mile 10.5 I started to drag. My legs were so heavy but each time I saw that 2:40 pacer come up behind me I still found something to push through.
Mile 11 I kept looking at my watch and trying to do math. Ummmm… it is not possible for me to do math when I have been running for two hours. I knew I had a PR coming, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what time I would possibly get.
Mile 12 we hit the Ross Ave. hill and it almost took me down. I was right with the pacer and she kept pushing me. Bless her. She didn’t know me but could see that I was really struggling. We hit the top of the hill and she told me it was all downhill from there.
That last mile was the hardest part for sure. I had nothing left in the tank.
I crossed the finish line and cheered like it was my job!
I made it past the medals and grabbed a water bottle and then tried to look at my Garmin. I stopped it and it said “New Record”.
Fastest Half Marathon 2:38
I took nine minutes off my time from the Plano Balloon half.
After the race, the running club all met up for lunch and I dove into the largest order of cheese fries I could find. PR = all the calories I can eat, in my book :)
You would think that running 13.1 miles would be enough for me for one day, but I’m an overachiever.
Last night was also the Halloween Dance for The Boss! I took a nap, spent some time with my foam roller and then proceeded to spend the evening watching a bunch of homeschooled kids dance the night away.
omg, she’s so cute and I love how the cats needed to get in on the picture.
We got home at about 1am and I proceeded to sleep until 10 this morning. I feel great today. A little stiff but nothing that some stretching can’t take care of. No hamstring or IT band isssues, no shin splints. It’s an amazing thing.
So I share this pretty piece of bling with you. For inspiring me with all your amazing runs, for supporting me when I doubt myself and for listening to me go on and on and on.
Thank you <3