Well, I had a goal of 2:00:00 BUT I didn’t reach it 😦
I took a leap of faith and decided to try running with a pacer for this race- I think my idea back-fired. I lined up with 2:00:00 pacer at the start line. Her goal was maintaining a 9:10 pace, walk briskly through all water stops and take our time climbing the hills. It seemed reasonable to me- so I stayed with her and the rest of the group until Mile 6.
The only problem was that we were maintaining a pace under 9:00 and often my Garmin said we were staying closer to a 8:30-45. I think I went too fast too early. Although, I felt pretty good until the long, dreaded hill AND then I just couldn’t hold my bladder anymore. I had to pee, BAD! I made the decision to stop and use the Biffy. I thought there was a slight chance I could catch up to the group, but it never happened.
I watched my Garmin closely and tried my best to keep my pace around a 9-9:15. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way I just fell short. At mile marker 10, I probably could have made it. I was at 1:34:00 total time.
At mile marker 12, I knew all hope of reaching my goal was gone. I hurt. I felt defeated. My thighs just burned. I stayed pretty strong to the end and finished at 2:03:31- new PR!
My first “half-marathon” was only 11.2 miles. My longest run ever before yesterday was 11.75 miles. Either way you look at it, those extra last few miles are painful (for me). I am continually amazed and thankful that these two legs of mine can run that far. I know that I couldn’t have done this 2 years ago- success!
BUT, I am still beating myself up for not sticking with the pacer, because they DID finish under 2 hours. I promised myself I would run my own race, and that is what I did. AND maybe, just maybe, my potty break took 3:31 🙂
~Do you get disappointed when you don’t reach your goal?
~Why am I always so sore after these races? You wouldn’t really think there was that much difference between running 11.75 miles at a 9:40 pace and running 13.1 miles at a 9:16 pace. I am hobbling around today like an old lady. Going down stairs is being avoided at all costs!
~The weirdest part of all this…I am already trying to figure out when my next half-marathon will be. I WILL not be defeated again! Maybe the Monster Dash Half is in my future??