Today is the day I’ve been looking forward to and preparing for months. Today I officially earned:
(I’ve actually had it on my window for a couple of weeks for advertisement purposes). I felt like I earned it after my 13.13 mile training run last month.
Today’s race was my 3rd Half Marathon and a new PR!
I completed the course in 1:42:12, a 7:54 pace!
According to my Garmin the course was short, 12.91 miles instead of 13.1. With my pace I would have still PR’d with a full length course.
My training partner and friend Marsha and I started the morning off with a few pre-race photo ops.
The race got underway just after 7:00 this morning.
I haven’t really talked about it on the blog, but I’ve been having some pretty severe foot pain lately. Maybe plantar fasciitis. It basically feels like someone is driving a nail through my foot. The pain started about a month ago, I thought it was my shoes wearing out so I bought new shoes. The pain continued. It gets better with rest, but flares up as soon as I run again.
I came very close to not running this race today due to my foot pain. I decided that I have trained too much and worked too hard to not go through with the race. The possibility of a DNF was very real in my mind.
Suprisingly, I felt really great the first several miles!
The whole first mile is a slow steady incline.
About mile 6 I realized I was on target for a PR finish if I could maintain my pace.
Between mile 7 and 8 I realized my sock was rubbing a blister on my foot. I probably should have stopped and adjusted it, but I kept going with a possible PR in mind.
Just after mile 9 I hit my wall. There is a huge hill between mile 9 & 10 that totally kicked my butt mentally and physically. My quads felt like lead, my blisters were absolutely killing me and I wanted to just stop right then and there. I kept telling myself .. just 4 more miles, just a 5K to go, only 2 more miles … etc.
The last 4 miles of the race were the most excruciating miles I’ve ever run in my life. I felt like I had an angel and a devil on my shoulders … one saying … “this is not fun, why do you do this?” … the other saying “be strong, you can finish it!”. I really had to dig deep inside to find out what I was made of at that point because my entire body was screaming at me to give up.
I’ve never been so happy in my entire life as I was when I reached that finish line.
The race results were posted very quickly and I was surprised to find that I won 3rd place in my age division and finished as the 20th female overall.
The real prize: