Anyway, this year, I did not conquer the hill(s).......they definitely conquered me.
|Me & my friends Meredith and Michelle (my Disney Marathon Buddies)|
I am never fast, we all know that, but I can consistently run a 2:30-2:35 half. And I haven't ran anything over a 2:39 in 2 years. On Saturday my half marathon was a 2:48....a freaking 2:48!!! Last year when I ran this race I did it in 2:28....that's a 20 minute difference!!!
|The hills, the hills!!!|
I wasn't expecting this to be a fast race. I actually planned to run it fairly slow and even started with the 2:35 pace group. The plan was to take it easy and enjoy it. I hadn't run much over the past week (only 3 miles) and it was a hilly course, so I didn't plan to kill it.
|Me & Jim post race|
I crossed the finish line and there were several of my friends and Jim waiting for me...I'm sure probably wondering what the heck happened to me...but waiting none the less. So really you can't complain. These things are for fun, and while I struggled I still had a great time.
So that's that. Not much to tell. I finished.
|Me crossing the finish line|
The only thing I can really say that might have contributed was the fact that I had been taking a decongestant twice a day for over a week leading up to the race because my allergies had been crazy. So considering you can make meth with decongestants, I'm thinking it might have impacted my heart race and maybe I was a little dehydrated as well. But maybe it was just one of those races that everyone has at some point...and it was just a bad day. But, I don't think I'll be taking decongestants again so close to a race. Lesson learned. Oh, and Jim and I skipped pre-race dance....hmmmm...I think that might be an issue too.
This is a an excellent race, and I will do again. I will try to forget my bad experience and hopefully redeem myself next year. You also got a great track jacket this year for their 40th Anniversary and a pretty cool medal. It's pretty impressive that a race like this has been around 40 years.
|Medal and Jacket (stolen from my husband's blog)|