Cook Forest Half Marathon 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I returned to the site of my first ever half marathon on Saturday to run again with Brian36 and to meet fellow-Sparker Europa40. It really makes the race special when you meet new friends.

The race seemed to be better organized this year. Maybe not as many walk-ins--they were able to start on time and it looked like they had enough water. It was really cold when we got there around 9:15. It warmed up a bit by 11--very comfortable temperature (high 40s) for running and little to no breeze. I set my Garmin for 8/2 run/walk intervals and Brian36 and I headed to the start line. Europa40 was with her running club friends from Erie.

Brian36 figured we had to run a mile pace of 10:15 to come in at our goal of 2:15. Which meant our running intervals would be in the 9 to 9:30 miles. We hung together throughout the race. This was the first race that I had a running partner, and I'll miss having someone so evenly matched in future races. There were times I wanted to slow down, but kept pushing because she was going strong and vice versa. We pushed and pulled one another throughout the race. It was a team effort as we smashed last year's time. I finished 11 minutes faster than last year at Cook Forest and 3 minutes better than Harrisburg HM with a finish of 2:13:47--a new P.R. I don't want to steal Brian36's thunder, so check in with her.

It was especially thrilling to learn that a friend who ran her first half marathon claimed 2nd place in her age class with a finish of 1:50. She's amazing and consistently places in triathlons.

It was a great day! Looking forward to running with Brian36 again in the Pittsburgh Marathon. With a little help from my friends, I'll get through it.

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    Congratulations! I'm in awe of you and your determination to run all of these marathons. You are amazing! I'm still on track to run my 5k and 10k this year - I have to admit that I never thought I would enjoy running but I do love the way I feel when I push through a tough run! Thanks for all your encouragement and for being my sparkfriend. You motivate me to be better!
    3275 days ago
  • UROPA40
    Great blog and a great race and it was nice to meet you at the race. I was glad I stayed with my friend through the race. It was pretty lonely at the back of the pack and it was nice to have someone to talk too. I am pretty sure I will not be by myself in the pig since last year there were 431 people just in my age group. Suzy
    3275 days ago
    Awesome job! I am running my first half on April 25th with 2 fellow spark friends!
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  • BOBBYD31
    congrats on your HM and a new PR!!! woo hoo!!!! it is always fun when you have someone to run with. glad you had a good time. looking forward to running with you in the future.
    3276 days ago
  • BRIAN36
    I just got my blog posted as well. We did make an amazing team and I am really looking forward to running Pittsburgh with you. You should check out the course on mapmyrun. http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-

    There is a link in the middle of the page called "Watch Course Fly-By Video" which gives you a view of the route. This years course has changed a little from what this fly-by shows but from what I can tell the only changes are on the northshore portion of the route. It doesn't really give you a feel for elevation, but I thought it was nice to get a preview.

    I hope you are enjoying a well deserved rest day.
    3276 days ago
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