|Dan and Me|
|While running these hills I was suddenly thankful|
that I'd run hills in Idaho and at our weekly
fun runs in Deer Grove!
Going into almost any race I'm nervous. I'm nervous for a number of reasons and so I sent a text message to my running friends (Coach B, Naomi & Kim) and received a massive outpouring of support and what they sent me is what stuck in my head the entire race. I'd trained for this day and I was prepared. This, no matter what the course was like, is what I'd spent months training for.
I'd reviewed the elevation chart last week so I knew there would be hills. This was one of the bits of advice that Coach B gave me. To run strong up the hills because I was trained for them and she was right. There were a few that made me doubt whether I'd be able to run all the way up but I kept reminding myself that I was just out for a fun run and that I had trained for this.
I think I spent a lot more time enjoying the scenery of this race than any other I'd run before. The leaves were in full color change making the views positively spectacular! While we ran through the town of Lake Mills there were spectators here and there but once we left the city and headed out on the country roads the course support got more sparse. I think my one actual complaint about the race had to do with the first two water stations - they seemed woefully understaffed and had no cups filled as I ran past. I was thankful that I was carrying my own water at those moments so I could just keep trucking along.
|Best damn cheer squad|
L-R: Paula, Mark & Brenda
On the elevation chart it doesn't look big but my toes (which always hurt after about 8 miles) hurt, and my knee was bothering me and I just .... I don't know. I just felt the need to walk a little bit. At first I told myself I'd only walk two minutes and before I realized what had happened I'd walked about a half mile. I knew I had to start running again or my muscles would continue to get tighter and I wouldn't be able to run. So, I ran. Slowly. And suddenly these crazy people on the sidewalk screamed my name. It took me what seemed like forever to realize they were my cousins Mark and Paula!
I was so tempted to walk a bit again but knowing that people I knew were watching me made me keep
L-R: Alex, Kristi, me, Dan
My previous PR was 2:28:24
My new PR is 2:18:23
That's a full TEN MINUTES off my previous time! I'm still shocked.
So, as far as my goals... let's review:
I consider this half marathon to have been a complete success. I truly appreciate all the advice and support I got from family, friends and fellow runners. You all have no idea how much your words carried me through the miles and built my confidence. I loved every single minute of this race and will definitely run this race again.
Who's in for next year?