First of all, after the Marathon I really needed a break from everything. I wanted to sign up for at least one half marathon this summer to keep me motivated. I choose the Timp Half. It's a downhill half marathon that gets lots of good reviews. But then I also wanted to mix up the training and I surprisingly found one I really liked through Shape Magazine. (Weird....I know)
It was nice to do something different and the circuit training is nice. It really worked my core. My goal for the race was to be strong and feel strong. I wanted my legs to show up to the game and they did! I was a little slow at the end, but overall I felt amazing!
The day leading up to the race was just a comedy of "do not do before a race" things. On Thursday night I flew all night long and Friday I didn't get near enough sleep. I did get some sleep Friday before the race but I was behind and I was also dehydrated. Dang work!
The morning of the race I realized I forgot my water bottles. BAM! So I spent more time at all the aid stations making sure I drank plenty of water.
Here are my splits.
Mile 1 - 8:56
Mile 2 - 9:27
Mile 3 - 9:21
Mile 4 - 10:03
Mile 5 - 8:37
Mile 6 - 8:03
Mile 7 - 8:26
........and I ran out of the canyon......
Mile 8 - 10:19
Mile 9 - 10:31
Mile 10 - 11:06
Mile 11 - 10:51
Mile 12 - 10:42
Mile 13 - 10:30
Mile .29 - 8:48
Total 13.29 miles/ 2:09:30
I feel confident I can beat my PR of 1:59 in the next year. I just need to plan better and keep training!
Peeps I ran the Ragnar with last year
I didn't even pretend up this hill. It was a walker....
Not a horribly bad finish photo! Yippee
My TomTom showed the race was a little long. I did get a little slow on the last half of the race but dang I felt strong. I still like to walk occasionally but some days I was feeling like my head would not get into the game because I was too busy concentrating on when my next walk break was. In the months since the marathon I've really got my head into the game. A lot stronger.
I ran with Amy, well we went together but ran separately. She kicked some ass and PR'd. Also ran into some friends. It's always so much fun!
So happy to feel excited about running again. It was edgy there for a bit. Glad to have done the race. It was well organized and I really enjoyed it!
Here's to another update this summer!!