Comments: We could have not asked for any better weather. Granted it was a bit chilly at the start, but if you are not new to the sport you know what to bring to keep you warm (trash bag or throw away shirt). So all was well.
The first 3 miles were a blur. It took me about 6 minutes to cross the starting line. I tried to run slow and managed an 11 minute mile the first mile. After that I gradually let myself go a bit faster, occasionally pulling on the ranes telling myself you still have the other half to run.
I gued around mile 4.74 at the water stop. And then again at mile 8 something. I realized a bit too late that I didn’t want to GU until mile 9 something, but oh well. At mile 8 I ran into a coworker who had planned to run a 9:40 pace. He had slowed down to use the potty. We chatted for a while and I let him go knowing he was planning on running faster than me. At mile 10 I realed him in, he was slowing down consiterably.
Around mile 8 I started looking for the hubby, but around mile 9 it dawned on me that he was suppose to be at mile 10. Good, because it gave me another mile to look forward to seeing him. And there he was a mile 10, waiting. I rewarded his patience with a kiss and moved on.
My goal was to run up High street, a 2+ mile stretch with 2 inclines, without walking. I did just that. During that stretch I saw the hubby again around mile 12. He asked how it was going and I told him I’d break 2:20!
Going around the corner up Nationwide Blvd was hard, my legs wanted to quit and my body was working overtime. But once I crossed Front street and it was all down hill from there I was running strong passing people left and right.
I had set 3 time goals for myself: 1. Come in under 2:25, 2. under 2:20, and 3. under 2:15. My finish time was 2:17:24. I am very happy about that! I am currently floating on Cloud 9 and I am ready to race my next 1/2. Well, after I stop being sore.
I am happy because:
- The only time I walked was during water breaks. AND my last mile I ran a 10:14, and part of that was uphill. 🙂
- I PRed by 10 minutes and 2 seconds! What will the furture hold?
- I stepped on the scale this morning and I am officially no longer considered overweight. It’s been a long journey and was rewarded with a great race.
- My sister in-law, who ran the Detroit marathon today, after 3 years of trying, finally qualified for the Boston Marathon.
Time: 7:30 am
Weather: 40’s, nice and chilly
Clothes: New MiT singlet, Izuma Shorts
Shoes: Saucony ProGrid Guide ( 81.43 miles)
Run Time: 2:17:24
Course: Columbus Marathon & Half Marathon