Half marathon report, and your opinion, please
Monday, November 14, 2011
I ran a hilly half marathon on Saturday and am still walking around like an old woman (quads are sore). There were about three+ miles of hills at the beginning, 6-7 lovely flat to rolling miles in between, and 3 more miles of monster hills at the end. I was on pace for a sub-2 (which is my ultimate dream goal for the Half) until the last two miles, then my knee just basically had had enough. I think it was the downhills that killed the knee, but of course the uphills slowed me down! I have been icing and it feels fine now, but will probably stick with the bike at least for today and tomorrow.
Anyway, I still PRd the race: 2:01:18. 12th place of 49 women, and second in my age group (40-49). The winner in my age group beat me by 4 minutes, so I didn't stress about not placing higher. There was no catching her!
I have said this in previous blogs, but here goes again. I LOVE small races. There is no way I would ever place in a race with hundreds of people, and it does add an extra layer of fun to actually place.
There is another Half close to me this weekend, and I am tempted to run it easy and pace a slower friend for around a 2:15 finish. Anybody have opinions over whether that is colossally stupid (half marathon 2 weekends in a row)? I would like to try again for sub-2 in Las Vegas on December 4, so I don't want to blow that on a fun run, but I also would like to just be out there with several friends who are doing this one.
Serious runners, please weigh in. Thanks!