Monster Dash Half Race Recap

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This was the largest event out all my races this year, and quite honestly the one I have been dreading the most.  (Well the last month anyway!)  There are 16,000 runner’s names on this “Wall of Terror”, and I think 14,000 people did the 10 mile or half-marathon yesterday am!  That is a lot of people!
Even more porta-potties 🙂

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We got to the race on time, but by the time we walked to the start, did a bag drop, and waited for the porta-potty lines… the National Anthem was being sang and the gun was being fired.  So we just grabbed a spot farther back then usual and felt zero pressure to go out fast. Which was good for me. I kept my first mile as a warm-up before starting to increase my pace.

I really had no expectations going into this race.  Originally (back in July) I wanted 2:00:00 or less.  This morning I wanted to feel good, have fun, stay warm (It was chilly out there.) and just run my race.  Maybe a PR, maybe not…

There were SO many people to run with today and the next thing I knew we were at mile 4 and I was happy!  The miles really flew by today.  I didn’t even listen to my tunes.  I have never not ran with tunes, on purpose anyway. Never.

Was it the costumes? Great cheering crowds? Flat-ish course?  Either way, this race was fun. Yup fun.  I haven’t really had fun at a half before.  I usually start falling apart at mile 7-8.  Today. Was.  Different.  Better. Awesome.

The 10 mile mark came and went…and the race field split.  I have to admit, it was disheartening to know a lot of the people I was running around were finishing.  I still had 3.1 more to go.  But for some reason, I still felt strong.  I had only walked through 2 water stops and to eat my Gu. Crazy!

The next thing I knew I was running behind the 2:05 pacer with 2 miles left.  I knew I had started about 6 minutes after the gun start.  Being behind him meant I could get a PR.  I kicked up the pace a bit and then when I saw the finish line, I started to sprint as fast as I could.

Finish time 2:01:06!  Not the dream of 2:00:00 I originally hoped for, but a PR anyway.  And. It. Was. Fun. 🙂

I think colder weather and flatter courses suit me better.

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This was my last race for the year.  The last event in the Monster Series and my final piece of the pie. I couldn’t be happier right now. Unless of course I got my 2:00:00 😉

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3 Responses to Monster Dash Half Race Recap

  1. Ann says:

    Way to go. Are you doing it again next year?

  2. Pingback: Are you thinking about 2013 yet? | spinningitall

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