|Waiting for the race to start!|
|Trying on my outfit the night before the race. Oh, and my new haircut :)|
|Attempting to eat my pb&j|
|See me? About 5 people to the right of the sign that says 2:00! |
Behind the lady in the bright yellow shirt.
|Waving to Will, up above us|
Once I was put back together again I put my focus back on running. I had intended to do a quick warm up but had decided to skip it- I tend to take a couple of miles to warm up and was hoping to have a fast enough first mile (they are typically around 10 mins or so). I think it helped it was slightly downhill because my first mile was plenty fast!
Mile 1- 8:47: Slightly downhill, ipod went flying, passed Mel and Kim (yikes!) and felt great
Mile 2- 8:51: Saw Kerrie, Mel and Kim at the turnaround, headed back towards Wright Park
Mile 3- 9:27: Up, up, up the hill to Wright Park, really thirsty- happy for the first water stop!
Mile 4- 9:37: Recover from the hill, around the familiar and muddy track, wave to my family.
|Getting muddy at Wright Park!|
Mile 5- 8:59: Leaving downtown, past the spot my BFF was last year, took gel on Dock Street
Mile 6- 9:07: Realized we were halfway done, playing leap frog with Mel and Kim
Mile 7- 8:52: Wave to family again, head down the lovely and flat waterfront
Mile 8- 9:31: Super thirsty, stop to drink entire cup of gatorade
|Heading towards the waterfront. Mel and Kim are behind us (Mel is eating a chomp heehee)|
|Mile 11 something. Time to step up my game!|
I looked at my arms where I had put some tattoo's for decoration and found what I needed there- the simple word RUN. That was what I was here to do, what I had put so much time and focus on for the last year and a half. I COULD do this, and I WOULD do this. Cynthia had asked me to run a fast mile for her so I decided that mile 13 would be for my dear runner friend. I willed my legs to turn over and pulled in front of Alyssa, then passed Kim - I could just barely see Mel up ahead of me so I did my best to chase her down. That last hill was a killer but I just kept my feet moving until I finally reached the top. As I rounded the corner and headed down to the finish I saw Paul on the overpass and did a quick pose for a photo (thanks!) and rounded the corner. I still wasn't 100% sure I had made it in time so I was waiting for a glimpse of the clock. As soon as I saw it I was so happy- it said 1:59:10 or so and I just sprinted over that finish line! I did it! And right behind me came Alyssa, she also finished under 2 hours! My official time was 1:58:55 for an average pace of 9:05. Happy is an understatement!
Mile 9- 8:54: Cheering on faster runners, the turnaround was a relief!
Mile 10- 9:42: Took my second gel, drank a full cup of gatorade, Mel and Kim passed us
Mile 11- 9:10: Need to pick up the pace, passed Will and the kids- told them to hurry!
Mile 12- 9:13: Tired, ready to quit- finding my determination in my arm tattoos!
Mile 13- 8:34: Knew I needed to give it my all, my mile for Cynthia was the speediest!
|I survived going up the final hill- now to finish this race off! Hi Paul (thanks for the photo!)|
|Paul captured me crossing the finish line from up above!|
|Me and my running buddy Alyssa- DONE! Both under 2 hours!|
|Happy runner girl! See my RUN tattoo? |
|My first sub-2 half marathon completed!|