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Half Marathon Race Report

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

It's official, my SIL completed his first half marathon, WAY TO GO Dan. This was my second one, and I finished 6 minutes faster this year. Here we are pre-race hanging out, waiting to get lined up. Weather was absolutely gorgeous

Corral time, we were in Coral 5, we chose to line up next to a 2:30 pace group, that would prove to be a little too ambitious later in the race.

Off we went. The 2:30 pacers started pulling way ahead, funny thing is the guy carrying the sign and leading the pace group was a WALKER, omgee, so we were a little disappointed we couldn't keep up, but better to back it down a notch, we had a long way to go.
Somewhere between mile 7 and 8, our super friends, Maria and Eli were waiting on the corner to cheer us on. So happy to see a familiar face along the way and that gave us a much needed moral boost. Thanks guys.

We kept a pretty good pace, until we hit the last bridge, which slowed us down just a tad, and then the final underpass (mile 11), boy the hammies were screaming.
We had talked about finishing together the whole race, neither of us was going to try to out do the other, it was a team effort. We rounded the corner of the final .1 mile and we kept step for step. I started with the.... "left, left, left, right, left. As you can see, we finished step for step, in perfect unison. How awesome was that?

Our finish time was 2:41, final times have yet to be published as of this morning (remind me to send a complaint email).

Yeah, we did it. Thanks for our wonderful family and friends who were waiting for us and cheering at the finish line, love you all.
Celebration dinner at my house afterwards, a spark recipe actually, Salsa Chicken, rolled up burrito style, yummy. Then for the ceremonial putting the sticker on the car, can't put it on the car til you finish. Well earned Danny, so proud of you.

The happy finishers, we had now earned the right to sport the tech tees and medals, woo hoo.

I had to be a smartie and add a little something to my car since I had already earned my 13.1 sticker last year.....

Taking a couple days off from my runs, then back at it full speed next week for 18 weeks of marathon training, next race will be Thanksgiving day, our local Turkey Trot.
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