|Bright and sunny start for the race.|
|About 900 runners completed the half marathon.|
Another big lesson was in some choices I made for apparel and gear. I chose to wear capris, short sleeve tee, and singlet. I should have skipped the tee and worn shorts because I was miserably hot throughout the race. The second choice I made with my gear was to skip wearing a water belt. I hate to wear them in a long, organized race since it is extra weight and things to think about. However, from mile 10-12 all I could think about was water and how thirsty I was getting. The final mile uphill was also tough for me and one of the volunteers had a stash of some Gatorade that really helped me out. I will probably wear a water belt on my next half marathon for sure. It's just nice to be able to drink when you want to.
|He was out playing some tunes on the saxophone for all the runners.|
|My sister outgunned me by 12 seconds at the end. My legs just didn't have any get up and go left!|
Today I ran the first 6 miles with my sister and my running partner Anne. Anne then did some tempo work for a few miles and left Lindsey and I to finish the course on our own. I was thankful to have my sister by my side during my low moments on the hill when all I could think about was how much my stomach hurt and how badly I was overheating. She thoughtfully suggested I puke it up and get moving! I think my nutrition could have been better and that's why my stomach hurt...I was running low on fuel in the tank. We took some walk breaks at water stops and then a little more frequently in the last 2 miles. Time wise, she beat me by 12 seconds with an awesome finishing kick! My time this year came in at 2:27:39 (about 1:30 slower than last year.) It wasn't my best and wasn't my worst and I finished (though the smile didn't come until after I crossed the line!) My unspoken goal for any race is to finish with a smile!
Any suggestions for my 15th half marathon?