It is my third time running the Army Run Half Marathon. I like this race - no... I really like this race... and I will do it again next year.
1) It is truly inspirational to run to Honor our Soldiers and to run with some of our wounded members. How can you feel not giving it all you have running a 13.1, if they are doing it!
2) It is a get together with many of my military friends
3) This weekend is a get away from home; and this year I use this opportunity to be with my daughter Emma who is taking nursing in College 10 hours from my home.
4) The weather is always almost perfect - it is a bit cool but I prefer that!
5) Now that I know the route, I have a great mental plan... but I have to admit I still truly appreciate the support along the way: cadet bands are playing, lots of family members are cheering and, of course, I love have mine there to - it make all the difference in the world!
So here is my recap...
Last year the Army Run was MY Race!!! I was really focus and I was going to do my best... and I did! 1:38, with a smile for the picture!
At the 17k marker in 2012...
This year my goal was to pace myself and finish strong. I had the same smile for the picture!
The last few long run training I was only able to maintain a 1:43 pace... yesterday I did much better than anticipated!
After the first 10k I was at 0:47:08.8 min.
I did not stop once - not even for water. My meal the night before proven to be a great choice. Protein salad!
and Emma had a salmon burger - (I will have that tonight!!!)
I kept pushing to the finish line... On my way I saw passing out Para Olympic Champion - he is blind and just donate a kidney to his wife... Jason Dunkeley! AWESOME!!!!
1 k to the finish line - all I kept thinking was 4 more minutes!!!
Finish time and Stats:
Chip Time: 1:39:23.6 Pace:4:43
Category F40-44 : 15/659 (Wohoo!!! )
Female Overall Placement: 107/4276
Overall : 736/10 358
Not my PB but I am very happy with this! This is looking good for the Niagara Marathon next month! Yes - 26.2. I will do it this time!
My reward after the race - a thai soup and Dim sun
It was a great weekend with my Emma!