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A good race

Monday, November 26, 2012

Not a great race, mind you, but a good one.

Ran the Seattle Half Marathon yesterday and I did not get the results I expected. The run itself was good - I felt pretty strong, the weather was perfect for running, and I thought I had done better than last year. But when I got my results, I had actually run 6 minutes slower (once I took out the porta-potty minutes). I have to say that I was pretty disappointed in that, though I really shouldn't be. I prepared as best I could and ran the best race I had in me, and that's just the way it goes sometimes. It was interesting, this was the first time I had tried tapering, on the advice of a running friend. I've always decreased my mileage before a long race, but not followed a tapering plan, per se. So I'm wondering if that made a difference in my time? I think I fueled and hydrated just fine. It probably makes a difference that this is the first race I've ever repeated, so it's the first time I have the ability to compare times - just wish they'd have been faster this year.

But I did it, and I felt good afterward, and I'm not hobbling around like an old lady, thankfully! And the truly best part of all was that DH ran and completed his FIRST half marathon! WooHoo! I'm so proud of him and loved that we were out on the course together :-) He did a great job and I hope that we can do more races together in the future!

So I'll do a short run around the neighborhood this afternoon, since the sun is out, and start shopping around for the next event to enter. Because that's what runners do, we're crazy, dontcha know?
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