Soaring Wings Half Marathon 2012
SW is great blah blah. You guys know the drill (and most of you have run the race) Very well run, fun course, great support…
Now lets talk about me.
Back a long time ago when I started training for this race I wanted to finish in under two hours. I fell off my training bandwagon when symphony started in October…and rejoined a few weeks ago, so I had given up on sub 2.
My first goal was to beat my previous time (2:11)…secondary was to PR (better than 2:05:01)…third was sub 2 if everything was going amazingly well.
Started off really easy. Wasn’t paying attention to pace, just running and enjoying and trying to warm up. I decided to go with shorts and short sleeve shirt even though it was chilly…definitely the right decision! Stayed a comfortable temperature the whole race…never too hot, and never once felt cold.
The miles were really flying by…I only stopped to walk at water stations. Around halfway, I realized I may have a chance to PR if I kept it up. So I kept at it. And then the last 4 miles hit…
I really started booking it. The last 4 miles my pace went from 9:21 to 9:06 to 8:41 to 7:58!! Who knew I could run like that??? The last mile was my fastest…whaaat? I’ll admit, I turned into the douchy guy yelling at old ladies to step aside (how did they even get ahead of me?) Passed the finish really having no idea if I PRed or not, since it was so close.
I ended up finishing in 2:05:04…3 seconds slower than my PR. I’ll admit, it’s a bit frustrating…if I had gulped down the water a little faster, torn off the top of that GU a little faster, or started running a little sooner, or been a little meaner to somebody in my way, or pushed a little harder right at the end the PR would have been mine.
But it wasn’t, and I’m really ok with that. Honestly, I’m amazed with myself for pulling those last 4 miles out of nowhere. It was a great race and finishing within seconds of my PR (which was/is my first half ever) is pretty respectable in my book.
And now I know that I can push myself…hard…when I need to. I may do another half in December…pretty sure I can at the very least post a PR.
Thanks to Dustin and Rachel for putting on this great race…and congrats to Michael on his great (sub 2 hour) time!! I should have stuck with you!