Sunday, November 09, 2014
So here's my back story. I tried to talk myself out of this at least three times in the past two weeks.
First, I was worried about my Monday midterm. I wanted extra time to study...and two weeks out, looking at my run schedule, I felt like I was being an irresponsible student by not prioritizing studying above everything else. Then, over last weekend, with the cold snap that moved in...well, I really thought about giving up when I saw that it would be barely above freezing. And then on Wednesday, I got a cold. Bad enough that I went through an entire box of tissues between Wednesday and Thursday night!
Here's the thing: you can always find a reason to give up. But at the end, you'll be glad you didn't. I dragged my close-to-carcass out of my bed at 5:00, looked at the temperature, and seriously thought about going back to bed. And at at least two points during the race I thought about it again...
But then, at mile 11, at the end of my second allocated walk break, I REALLY didn't think I could finish. And for the first time during that entire race, the sun came out. I swear, I heard the hallelulah chorus...though that might have been the exhaustion, dehydration, and caffeine deprivation talking.
Though I'm PRETTY sure the giant bear holding the sign cheering on the "BEAR-athoners" was real. Either that, or I high-fived a hallucination...
The point is, I almost gave up, and I almost talked myself out it. But there's always a reason you can grab. You can always talk yourself out of something hard...and you'll regret it. I pushed myself hard, and made it through my second half marathon!
I finished my first half marathon in 2:33:40. Which was not bad at all for my first time! My goal for this one was 2:30, so I was REALLY close!!
This time around, my goal was 2:25...right at about 11 minutes per mile. I'd been averaging that on my longer runs, so I figured I could keep up.
But I did BETTER!!
Even with my slower start this morning (it took me longer than usual to get warmed up and into a strong pace), I crossed the 3.8 mile check at 00:37:24 - with an average pace of 9:51 min/mile. I stuck with a strong pace from that point on, and hit the 10K mark at 01:00:21 - an average pace of 9:31 min/mile. Then I took a walk break, and needed some time time to get my pace back after that...but I finished at 02:15:27!!
And now I'm relaxing with a celebratory glass of champagne and cuddles from Miss Kitty!