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.