Country Music 1/2 2010
Women's Half 2010
Country Music 1/2 2011
First off, this has been a whirl wind of an experience. My training was so not how it should be at first. My friend who runs with me developed a stress fracture so no race for her. My other friend who hadn't ran a half and thought she would just train with us ended up doing the half with me! It all changed after the longest run (11 miles) with my brother. Something just clicked and I ran with it (literally :). Here's a little snap shot of how it changed: 8/6/11-8/29/11 my pace was between 14-17:30 minute miles. For my 11 mile over labor day weekend I averaged a 14:57 pace. Now let's see how training went: out of 6 runs, my slowest pace was 13:26 mile, fastest was 13:00 min mile. I am still a little shocked that I can do that! My secret: 1 minute walking, 1 minute running. It just works for me!
Last year I completed the women's half in 3 hours and 17 minutes. This year I completed it in 2 hours and 50 minutes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 27 minutes, Ya'll! I can still hardly believe it! The night before, Derek and I stayed at Steve and Emily's. We had our yummy carbs and headed to bed early. Our alarms set for 5 and out of the house by 5:30, we were down town right before 6. We parked about a half mile from the starting line so we could warm up. We got to the starting line, used the bathrooms, stretched and waited.
Way far back in Corall 5
There we are! Coming upon the finish!
The clock still says 2 in the hour space :)
We did it!
Medal and Bib
Medal up close
last years and this years medals in comparison.
All in all, I am so pleased because this course was hard and I finally have a PR under 3 hours! After the race, we headed back to Emily and Steve's for cleaning up, resting, eating eggs and french toast, and watching football. I had a wonderful 90 minute massage thanks to my sweet first graders Christmas gift last year. It was a blissful experience and so relaxing. I needed it desperately. I am still so giddy and excited about the race results! I just hope my foot (probably tendonitis) heals quickly!
Hope ya'll are having a great week so far!