The good: I finished
The bad: worst time ever-2:51
The ugly: lots of walking
I ran this race because last year I came to cheer my friend B run her first 1/2 marathon. It was a super chilly fall morning and perfect for running. I was however 7 months pregnant so I was coach and cheerleader but told myself next year I was doing it. Fast forward to this year and there I was on a muggy humid 75ish Sunday morning with husband and daughter cheering me on at the start line. B was there for a repeat and we persuaded M to train and run this for HIS first 1/2 marathon. Unlike the BK half which I ran earlier in march of this year I did a better job training - even purchasing a jogging stroller so I could take winter with me on my runs. So I was optimistic I'd beat my 2:34 time I had in brooklyn.
|starting out strong|
|RUNFAIL at mile 8|
Training: I had an 8 week plan that I pretty much followed 80% of the way (definitely hitting the long runs though - even the 10 miler) however a foot injury the week before the race pretty much negated my taper week. I had to switch my kicks to Aasics Kayano which are super comfortable but heavier than the New Balances I've been so accustomed to.
What I learned: there's a first time for everything. There are bad runs and there are BAAAD runs. Yes I finished but I don't think that was ever a question. I trained more for this than I did for the BK half which I realize was probably running off of adrenaline more than anything. I remembered i could barely walk for a week after that race. After this race, I was slightly sore the next day but two days after I was fine (yay training). All I can think of is redeeming this performance but I'm not in a rush so I think I'll seek out shorter distances for the remainder of the year and focus on another half next year. I'm glad I did this race though and I would love to do it again next year -it is a beautiful flat course and has a very local feel to it that I would recommend runners and first timers to check it out.