My time was 1:40:00.
I can't stop shaking my head. I missed getting into the 1:30's by a fraction of a second. Un-friggin-believable.
Oh running gods, why do you mock me? lol
Despite that frustration, I truly am proud of the PR.
I broke my old half marathon PR by over 3 minutes- one that was set just a few months before getting my second BQ time. Didn't think there was any topping that. I mean, this time last year I was still recovering from a c-section and couldn't jog around the block. Now I'm running faster than before. Crazy.
I decided to try something new, and signed up to run with a pace group at the expo. My goal for the race was 1:43:00, but I was conservative and joined the 1:45:00 group. It turned out to be a good strategy because my legs felt stiff for the first few miles and I was doubting myself . I know I would have fallen off pace. But by mile 6, I had my rhythm established and felt confident enough to start pulling away. I ran negative splits for the rest of the race, and in the last half mile the leader of the 1:40 group came within view. I started booking it to the finish as fast as my legs could carry me.
Leaving my Ipod at home was the right decision. There was no need for it because the crowd support was fantastic. In spite of the rain and chilly temps, I don't recall any dead spots on the course. Lots of cheering fans and music along the way.
Overall, I'd recommend this race, and will be running it again next year. Two small areas for improvement- the post race refreshments were lacking a bit, and there weren't enough porta-pots at the start. I lost some time making a pit-stop at mile 3 because the line was too long to go before the start.
So it's that time again.... I need to pick my next race!
Time/Pace: 1:40:00, 7:38/mile