Overall I really enjoyed this race. One, running with Nicole is fun. She is a strong runner and I think some of that strength rubbed off since this was a hilly course and we did better than I had anticipated. The fact that we were laughing and chatting at mile 10 was a bit surprising to both of us since we both hate mile 10. I never would have been able to do that before while running the pace we were running. Two, my goal was to run strong but not get too crazy since Albany is in two weeks. This race got me excited about running that and showed me that I am stronger than I was two and a half months ago. This is my second fastest half on a fairly hilly course and I didn't feel like I was ever pushing too hard. The only downside is that it did show me my weakness- this freakin nagging hamstring pain. Pretty sure that is due to some weakness in my left hip and glute. Even with that I ran an awesome race and now there is nothing left to do but be as well rested and recovered as possible for Albany and try not to be a typical runner and get super weird and paranoid about the hamstring. And the three miles on Monday and five miles today were not totally consumed by thoughts of injured hamstring. Nope not obsessing at all. Okay maybe a little.
Thanks Nicole for an awesome race weekend! Can't wait to do it again!!!
12 days till Albany!