Once upon a time there was a girl who decided to run half marathons and she was blissfully ignorant going into her first race. I am no longer that girl.
We went to NYC a day early because of a Nor'easter that was supposed to dump 12" of snow on us (we only got a dusting). ADP, the kids and I spent Friday walking around a museum and NYC in the rain before heading to get my packet. When we got back to the hotel I had to try on the tech shirt for the family. I was not sure about the green, but it fits well so who cares!
Once I dried out and cleaned up a little the family met up with some of the other ladies who headed down to Queens for the races. We all went out for Italian and we had a great time!
|Bridget, Me, Janis, Amanda, Jen|
|too much race stuff|
|First bib with my name on it!|
We headed to the race and caught up with the rest of the group before the race. Jen ran the 5K and the rest of us waited for the half marathon to start.
|Bridget, Felice, Amanda, Me, Janis|
|Amanda and Me...waiting for the race to start|
|And we're off|
|Finally warm enough to drop the long sleeve shirt...mile who knows what|
- I started too fast
- My heart rate was much higher than should be by mile 2
- My legs were tired from all the walking
- I never got into a groove or found a pace I could stick with
- I felt like I was going to toss my cookies more than once
- It was a race and not a training run
|oooh camera, I'll wave even though it isn't going my way|
When I got closer to the finish I knew I would see my family. I did not know where they would be so I tried my best to just keep moving forward.
A friend took the picture of me running in (above) and said I looked determined. Yes, I was determined to be finished with the race. I was also determined to keep all the gel and water in my stomach. Not my best race.
|My cheering committee, Punky and Bugs, waiting for me at the finish|
|yes spectators, please walk right in front of me|
|there is the finish!|
|Done, done and done! Done with the race. Done crying. Just plain done.|
|Time and some real food in my belly helped me gain perspective: it's an awesome medal|
The in-between race:
In-between because of my four races my times are 2:14:48 (10/2009), 2:14:54 (1/2010), and 2:12:41 (10/2010). My fastest and slowest times are only 2:13 apart and I split the difference with a 2:13:37 this time. It makes me wonder if I am meant to run this pace. ADP (who has been an awesome cheerleader since the race) assured me that I will break 2:10. Only time will tell...