|After the race and wearing the finishers medal|
Many of you might remember that I attempted my first half marathon this past April. I was pumped and excited about it and ended up being very disapointed with my performance. We had an unusually hot day and the temps just got to me and I ended up having to walk several times. My goal had been 2hrs and I finished it in 2:18.
I felt I needed to prove to myself I could finish a half so I set out to run a fall half marathon.
|Before the race|
That is one reason I haven't been as active on my blogs, I've been in full training mode since the beginning of July. I basically work out 7 days a week and it's eating in to my reading time. Plus, I'm barely sleeping for some reason, so I'm basically walking around in a fog because I'm exhausted once evening hits.
So the half...it was last weekend. I had trained for it knowing I wanted to finish it in 2 hours. It was supposed to be a mostly flat course so it should be possible since I train with hills. Then I recently ended up having some health concerns and knew I couldn't push myself. I went into the half knowing that I still wanted to do 2 hours but not set on getting it. Instead I had to pay attention to my heart rate and make sure it didn't reach 170. So that meant any little incline would make the HR go up and I would have to back off.
|Start off the race, the girl in blue with the black arm warmers is|
who I ran with for the first 6 miles.
When the finish line came in sight I increased my pace a bit and as I got closer I ended up going out at a pretty good clip. I knew the heart rate would go up but also knew it wouldn't be for very long.
|The finish at last! (don't like how it looks like I'm walking though)|