Montgomery Half Marathon

Today is the day I’ve been looking forward to and preparing for months. Today I officially earned:

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(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.

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The race got underway just after 7:00 this morning.

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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!

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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.

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My splits:

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Some post race relaxation was definitely in order.

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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.

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My prize:

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The real prize:

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It was definitely a day of blood, sweat and tears. I’m glad its over. Congrats to all the other runners that competed today!

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7 Comments

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7 responses to “Montgomery Half Marathon

  1. Shelly

    you did great!! you are so fast! You should have your foot checked out..I was having foot pain and found out it’s a stress fracture in my heel and Im in a boot for the next 4-6 weeks. I’m in Birmingham btw

  2. Nadine

    Congrats on a great finish — your times are AMAZING!!

  3. Chris W.

    Awesome run! Congrats on overcoming injury to kick some butt. Question – where did you get the sticker?

  4. Roxie Bethea

    Congrats Amanda! I want your training schedule. If I ever recover from my hip problem I would like to run Seaside in March. You were awesome!
    email me at roxie@chlaw.com

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