I completed my second half marathon on April 21st, 2012. I ran St. Cloud State's Earth Day Half with about 1600 other runners. This was part of my '30 before 30' list of goals (which, not doing so hot on...).
How did it go? Well, I didn't reach any of my goals, which I had three of. My first half I ran it in 2:29. The goal there was to not walk and finish under 2:30. Had to walk some (I swear there were 6 miles where it was all uphill on the trails) but did finish under my goal time. This time I wanted a goal of 2:25, 2:20 or 2:15. Ha.
Final time was 2:25:26. So at least I beat my first time, right? :)
And I had to walk. During mile 12. Looking back now I just want to tell myself to SUCK IT UP.
I will give myself some credit. I did it, it's a lot of training time and it was cold, windy and raining for the last hour and a half of my run. (had I ran along with the winner, I'd have been done before the rain in 1:05 :))
HUGE thank you to Bryan and the boys and my amazing friend Anne and her family for standing out there in the rainy cold to cheer me on! It is one of the best feelings in the world to round the corner or look up and see people you love cheering you on. Thank you, guys! It really meant to much to me.
Right before the run I was set on doing Mankato's half marathon this fall, at about mile 8 or 9 where it started going down hill, I started to retract all of those thoughts...however I think I'll still do it. The last 3-4 weeks of training before the race I barely did any of my workouts during the week and really only did my long run on the weekend. I will blame my poor performance on that :)
A few pics Bryan snapped the day of!
and this :)
Grayson spent most of the race in the car with Anne's sister-in-law, Bobbi. Lucky. Ha.
Mile 11, see if you can spot Anne :)