Well, one half marathon down…one to go. I am thrilled that I ran my 3M half marathon today. I do wish that I had run it a bit faster. I think part of my problem was that I didn’t sleep well the night before. I wasn’t as energetic for the race as I would’ve liked.
I ran the 13.1 miles in 2:09:51 (9.92 min/mile). That is 4 minutes slower than my time the year before. I really wanted to beat that time. I guess there is something to be said for getting enough rest.
For today’s race, the weather was cool at 45 degrees. I met up with fellow Sparkpeople pal and her lovely daughter before the race. It was great to have a chat before all the commotion started. Our chat actually helped relax my nerves a bit.
I am also thankful that I remembered to take my Ibuprofen before the race. My hip barely hurt during the entire race. I wore my Camelbak Hydrobak and drank my Powerade throughout the race without needing to stop for water breaks. There were lots of cheers on the sidelines throughout the race. Each mile had either musicians (bag-pipes, rock band, guitarist, etc.), jugglers, or spectators with goodies for the runners (I saw a bowl of bananas, chocolate, donuts, and small cups of coffee). There were also Austin’s finest, off-duty police officers pausing traffic all along the way. The race was well organized.
All in all, it was a great race and beautiful day. I am taking tomorrow off to rest and getting back to training on Tuesday. I will be running the AT&T half marathon next month. That race, is a real bear. The AT&T is known to be a killer race because of the hills. Personally, I think the race collaborators get a great sense of joy by incorporating EVERY HILL in Austin. Brutal man….brutal.
The AT&T is less than a month away. I am hoping to get in many more miles before then and improve my time. In January, it looks like I will have just about 110 miles run. Not great, but not bad. Yup, I think I am addicted. Or, as my husband says, I should be committed. Aren’t they the same? *grin*