March O'Madness Half Marathon Race Review
I signed up for this race the day it opened. If you are interested sign-up as soon as registration opens because it sells out quick. Originally I didn't intend to run this as part of marathon training but it worked out that way.
After picking up my stuff I headed out for 7 warm-up miles. 7 miles of hills. The seven went well. I ran a portion of the course and detoured through a nice neighborhood. On my way back there were a lot of people warming up. It was fun to watch the speedy people warm up. They just look more graceful. I embrace the plod.
|NO MORE HILLS|
Medal obtainment- WINI really, really loved this race. Even with the hills. I had worked myself into a tizzy on Saturday- it is going to be cold, twenty miles is so far, hills, HILLS, I am tired from the 21 other miles I have run this week. Finally D was like- 'hey just relax and have some fun'. Oh right I am not saving lives here or going to the Olympics. Just go run. So that is what I did. I went and ran and had a ton of fun hanging out with other runners, running outside, getting a medal and kicking off spring racing season. Oh and I got this sweet sweatshirt. Love it!
13.1 completed in 2:17:58. Not my fastest but not my slowest. And to be honest, not sure I would have gone any faster if I had been on fresh legs (see above hill discussion).
20 miles done in 3:23. 10 min. mile pace. Boom- awesome.
The best, best thing about this run was that when I was done with 20 miles I felt like I could go another six miles no problem. Okay it would be a little painful and maybe got a little slower but yeah I could have kept going. I finally feel confident about my training for the marathon. And that is a good feeling.
Any racing this weekend?