For those of you who know me well, you know this is an absolute ungodly hour for me to get up, yet I was wide awake and ready to run!
I met my MRTT girls at the train station and we were on our way into the city.
These are some of the *bestest* frunners every!
Side note: This was Ampy's (the beauty in the middle) first half marathon! She *crushed* it. Sub 2 on her first try! Luisa (the beauty next to me) also killed it with her first "official" (it's a long story) sub 2! Marissa & Heather (the beauties on the right side) ran great races as well!
Luisa, Ampy & I made our way to corral 4. Before we knew it, we were up! Time to run!
Over the years, I have moved up a little bit in corral placement. Progress! Year one (2010) I was all the way back in corral 10. While I may have overestimated my finish time by just a few minutes, I was keeping up with the rest of the corral and managed to stay ahead of the 2 hour pacer for a little while. A sub two has been my goal for this race the past two years. I knew it wouldn't happen that day, so I ran this one purely for fun.
I managed to stay below a 9:40min/mile pace for a lot of the first half and only slowed down slightly over the split. This is good news for me. Progress and pacing are taking shape. I have a bad habit, like a lot of runners on fresh legs, of going out to fast. Rocking a fast first mile of two and then falling apart. Not this day. I made sure to stay steady throughout, especially the first 2-3 miles and it paid off. I finished strong and probably ran more during this race than any in the past six months or so. It was cold. It was windy. But it was fun!
My A goal was 2:10 and to stay <10min/mile. I hit it. On the dot.
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I had a lot of fun and saw a ton of friends along the way.
Two of the Bakers. They jumped on the same train with us & ran this race as a family. How cool is that?! Wife Amy, finished just a few moments later.
The signs are always a fave!
Overall this is one of the funnest (that's a word, right?) races I do all year. It was my very first half back in 2010 and my introduction to a long road of distance running. I've had my ups and down throughout, but such is life. We are always learning; finding ways to improve and better ourselves.
I can't wait to see how long I can keep this particular race streak going.
I'll leave you with this.
My attempt at the hottie selfie. I have true respect for the original poster. This is a difficult task!