|My sister and I before heading out to the race.|
My plan on race day to was to stick with my boyfriend, if I could. He had never run a Half, but had been running and playing soccer pretty regularly all summer, so I thought he'd fare better on the course. Turns out we were probably both going to finish around the same time no matter what we did. there were times when I just wanted to charge ahead faster than him, but I'm pretty sure that would have left me walking a lot more towards the end and he would have caught up. So I just stuck with him and we stopped for stretching when we needed it, walked all the water stops and plugged along best we could. I enjoyed all the bands that dared to come out and play in the rain along the course. I made sure they knew I enjoyed them by clapping and cheering for them, singing along and dancing my way past them.
|I think this was in the first 4-6 miles. Not really sure.|
The course was well designed, most of it familiar from the half I ran in Providence in May. Of course, there weren't all those puddles the first time around. *sigh* I guess we all have to learn to run in the rain. Even pouring rain. No thunder though, so it was safe.
My sister finished in 2:25ish, which is awesome. Her first half, crap weather, and she goes sub 2:30. Very proud! Of course, she left us at mile 1 when we were warmed up enough to stop and stretch. LOL We didn't see her again until a turn-around at Mile 11, and of course, at the end with a beer!
John and I finished in 2:43 (i think). Nothing to write home about for me, but it's his PR for now! His last "long" run was 9 miles - in June. so I'm super proud of him too!
|We finished! We're smiling! We're SOAKED.|
I hope next year there is no rain. Though, I'm not sure I'm interested in running long distance in the summer. I just don't like it. The rain was actually preferable.
The very BEST part of the race... getting ourselves back on track for marathon training. October 16, here I come!!!!!!