1/2 Marathon Race Day Recap

I started my day at 5:00 am. I had no problem waking up and I did not even need an alarm clock. I was ready to do this. I ate a bowl of oatmeal with a banana and had a couple cups of coffee. After breakfast I started thinking about my game plan on how I would run and what I was going to do to make sure and finish. I decided not to worry about time and just go out there and run. Today’s weather really sucked! It was 36° cold and raining. We also had thunder, lighting and hail to complete our perfect running conditions, just kidding on the perfect running conditions... The race started at 8:00am. We ran on the old Frisco trail and ran to Willard and back. On Your Mark Get Set, GO! The race was on. My plan was to keep right around my 1/2 marathon pace of 9:09 for 9 miles and pick it up at the end if I needed to. The 1st mile was my fastest and I had to keep telling myself to slow down. It did not feel like I was running that fast and I was able to keep in the high 8’s for most of the race. I figured out during my training to pay attention to my breathing and use it as a gauge as to how my body is doing. I breath in through my nose and out through my mouth. If I can maintain this method of breathing and occasionally take in deep breaths, I am running at a good pace. As soon as I hit mile 11 I had to start breathing through my mouth. I could feel it starting to get hard and really had to push myself. As soon as I hit 12.5 miles I knew I could not take much more and then I could start to see the finish line. I told the runner next me “ we got this” and this gave the boost I needed to finish strong. I came in 45th out of 155 and my chip time was 1:56:22

What’s Next for me? I am going to continue to run for fun until my Knee Surgery and then after therapy I am going to start training for my marathon.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the last 10 weeks of training and the challenges it gave me and I look forward to doing it again with my marathon training!

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Running Detail above was obtained with the iPhone Runkeeper app from http://runkeeper.com