The Skeleton Skamper in Mt. Pleasant WI was held on October 27, 2012. Otherwise known as the day I threw down and finally finished a half marathon in under two hours.
Garmin Time: 1:57:48
Official Time: 1:59:16
1 8:09 ( this is the definition of going out too fast, but oh well it worked)
This course is described as flat and fast. Perhaps there is something to that since I did so well but it did not feel all that flat to me. I guess when I hear flat I think pancake flat. This course had some rolling hills to it, including about a half a mile climb at the end. Every hill I ran up I thought to myself 'their website is a lie, A LIE'. Hills make me ragey.
The other thing about this race is that it is long, like way long. I stopped my watch when I hit 13.1 and could still not see the finish line. It took me another minute and a half running a 9 minute pace to actually get there. So if I do the math, carry the one, divide by pi...... equals too freakin long. The weird thing was that there was a finish line set up where it would have measured about 13.1 but we ran by it and finished at the start. It was as if the actual finish was inconvenient so they just moved it on down the road. If you are going to do that take the other finish down. Don't mock us with it. But I did it, official time or garmin time both under 2 = WIN.
After finishing I got a medal and a bottle of water from the local cheer team who did a great job cheering people in. I then hobbled back to my car to call D and tell him I had done it (I gave him the morning off as his presence is required at next weekends beer run). After I freaked out on the phone for awhile I headed to the finish line party to grab some food and keep moving. My legs were tired and a little angry after making them run so hard. The finish had bagels and cream cheese from Panera bread, bananas (side note: why do they always cut up the bananas into mini- pieces, can I not just have a whole one?) and granola bars.
So why now, why was I able to kill it at this race. I am not sure. Maybe it was the hard effort put out running two races last weekend followed by a week of rest with the exception of a horrifically slow five miler last Wednesday. This allowed me more sleep then usual and I felt pretty good. Maybe I just mentally knew I was tougher. Maybe it was the fact that I could stand inside and keep warm right up until the start of the race. No warm up mile needed. The downhill start helped I am sure to get the legs going. Maybe it was the cool weather, not much liquid or Gels needed. Not a lot of sweating. Maybe it was .....the perfect storm, everything coming together. Who knows but whatever it was it was awesome and I feel pretty great about finally reaching my goal of running a half under two.