Friday, September 23, 2011
It took me a few days to find the time to get this together, but I finally have a race report from the Fox Cities Half Marathon, which I ran as a final training run for Wine & Dine, which is now one week and one day away! I didn't have any particular expectations for FCHM, since I randomly found it on the Half Fanatics race calendar a couple of weeks ago and signed up last-minute, but it was an amazing experience! Very impressive organization, gorgeous (and fast) course, wonderful volunteers and spectator support, really all the things that make a race great. (Yes, and the bling was nice too...) My plan was to take it easy, and I did just that...and suprisingly I ended up finishing only 19 seconds behind my half marathon PR. And, as with the Madison Mini, I felt GREAT at the end, not exhausted, not sore or in any pain at all. I am sure that the good weather and primarily downhill/flat course contributed to my success, but I also like to take it as a sign that I'm getting stronger and more comfortable with long distance running too...since that old PR is from 18 months ago and all. So I'm letting out a WOOHOO! I loved this race!