Some of you know that my daughter (28) has been my Assistant Coach in the Marathon/Half Marathon training program that we've participated in for the past several years. I took her through her first half marathon, then her first marathon, and we've done the Austin Distance Challenge, among countless other distance races, together, including repeats of 26.2 and 13.1.
On 1.13.13 we did 13.1 at the 3M HM. She has been improving her pace and the distance that she can run straight through, following a long recovery from an injury and problems with her feet. She was concerned whether she'd be able to run the entire distance, as her longest training run was 10.5 miles the weekend prior. I told her to take it like a training run for the upcoming Austin HM and just be consistent.
She kept a pretty good tempo and shaved 16 minutes off last year's finish time, coming in at 2:45h - her best HM time ever! I told her she could, and she did - without me pulling her along.
I had to make a pit stop, that cost me 10 minutes waiting in line, and walked parts of the last three hills just before the finish. So, while my chip time was way off (still under 3 hrs), my calculated GPS finish time was approx 2 mins behind my daughter's.
The look on her face to be waiting for me to cross the line was precious and proud, as it's usually the other way around with me waiting for her.
I am so proud of her!
Now, we have the Austin in a few weeks; let's see how she does then. It's a very challenging and hilly route, but I'm trying to get her in at around 2:30h.
That's to be followed by the hilly Cap10K, and her goal is to meet or beat my best time on that route (0:58 mins).
She just might be able to do it!