Yesterday was my first time racing a half marathon. I have to say that it was one tough run but I really did have a blast. There were so many runners – I had no idea what a popular race this event was. There was actually 4 races going on – a full marathon, a 1/2 marathon, a 10K and a marathon team relay. The 1/2 marathon alone consisted of 2706 runners.
We stayed overnight in Hyannis since we live over an hour away. It was a nice little getaway even though it lasted less than 24 hours – we really know how to live it up!!
The morning of the race I got ready pretty early and had a bowl of oat bran and almond butter. It really held me over and I did not have to eat anything else before the start of the race. I am sure that nerves also played a part in that too.
I ended up putting on another fleece layer – it was pretty chilly.
I wore my new Bondi Band hat that I bought at the race expo on Saturday. This hat was fabulous. It really did wick the moisture from my head so I stayed warm. And I love that it was snug against my ears which helped keep my ear buds in – some times I have a problem with them popping out during my runs. I used to never run while listening to tunes. Now that I have, I can’t imagine running without it.
At 9:45 I made my way through the sea of people and got ready to race. I tried to get in the 8 minute mile pack but we all kept getting pushed further and further back. I ended up starting past the 9 minute mile sign – not at all where I wanted to be. I can usually run under an 8 minute mile but since this was my first time doing a half marathon I was not really sure what pace I would be at. I should have tried to get into the 7 and a half minute pack.
The start was really slow. I tried to weave my way around the slower runners but it was pretty difficult to do. I saw a women get tripped and I did not want that to happen to me or for me to end up tripping someone else.
I was able to make up some time by running on the outside of the crowd. I kept checking my trusty Garmin to see what my speed was. My goal was to keep it under 8 minutes per mile. The thrill of the race and the fact that there are other runner ahead of you really does make you run faster. There were times when I was running just over a 7 minute mile.
Charlie and D were able to spot me at around mile 5. I was feeling really great and ready to conquer the remaining miles.
I decided not to chance any tummy issues from eating endurance beans, blocks or GU during the race. My belly felt 100 percent the entire time and I never felt my energy dip so I really did not need anything. I did take water from the water stations (4 times I think). I just grabbed a cup as I ran buy and attempted to get some in my mouth while running.
Unfortunately, Charlie was unable to snap a photo of me nearing the final turn. A women kept stepping in front of him and he missed the opportunity. He did get a picture of me making my way up the hill to the finish line. Gotta love ending a race on the uphill. I dug deep inside and found some more steam and sprinted to the finish.
My finish time was 1:39:48 – I beat my best time!! I came in 327th out of the 2706 runners. In my age group, I finished 23rd over 452. Not too shabby.
I was so happy to get a big hug from my sweetie pie.
So will there be another?? I am already thinking about what I would like to do next. I really do not see myself doing a full marathon. It seems like a lot of wear and tear on your body and I am content with the half marathon distance.
I hope you had a great weekend. Are you ready for another week? We are off to an icky start here weather wise. We got a little coating of snow overnight and it has now turned over to rain. It is quite a raw day out there. Spring can’t come fast enough.
Enjoy your day!