Rather than going out and celebrating with drinks, we celebrated with a pasta dinner to prepare for our half marathon the next morning. Caitlin and I ran the OUC Half Marathon, which was her first half marathon race, and Chris ran the 5K. Caitlin and I have been training for distance for the marathon and not for speed, so while I wanted to get a PR, I honestly was not sure it was possible. I had done some speed work up to 6 miles, but not any farther than that. In 2007, this same race was my very first half marathon, and I shocked myself then with a time of 2:06:56. I ran a second half marathon two months later, and it was and still is the worst race I have ever run. Needless to way, I did not PR on that race. I have not run a half marathon since then, which made this my third half marathon.
The morning was cold, but I quickly warmed up when the race started. I knew that if I could keep my pace below 9:45 that I could get a PR. I kept naturally speeding up but forcing myself to slow down to a 9:30 pace. I felt really great for the entire run. Around mile 5 I started to get a little cramp, but after taking a GU at mile 6 it went away (I also started the race with a GU for a total of 2 for the race). When I was few miles from the end, I let myself speed up a bit, but not too fast. I was afraid of speeding up too much and getting one of those horrible side stitches that plagued me in my first half marathon (at mile 9). I only stopped to talk to get water or gatorade at the water stops. I am happy to say that I did PR! My official chip time was 2:02:43 (9:22 pace). I was so excited! And the absolute best part is that I have never felt so great during a race! I mean I felt wonderful for the entire race and awesome after! A few hours later my knees were pretty sore, and wearing heals to Chris's work Christmas party didn't help I'm sure. Today my knees are better although not perfect yet. My calves and my hamstrings are sore though. I did not take an ice bath after, which I think is part of the reason for the muscle soreness. I did actually fill up the bath tub, but it turned out that the water was pretty warm rather than cold and since it was cold outside I just went with it. This race made me feel like the marthon training is going well despite the lack of longer runs recently. After the marathon, my goal is to train to increase my speed and set new PRs for my 5K, 10K, and half marathon. I really, really want to aim for a sub 2 hour half marathon.
Mile splits according to Garmy:
Mile 1: 9:23
Mile 2: 9:27
Mile 3: 9:25
Mile 4: 9:25
Mile 5: 9:30
Mile 6: 9:24
Mile 7: 9:29
Mile 8: 9:24
Mile 9: 9:18
Mile 10: 9:15
Mile 11: 9:15
Mile 12: 9:11
Mile 13: 9:00
Last 0.17 (according to the Garmin): 7:48 pace
Here we are after the race. Chris said his 5K went well, and I was really excited when I saw him at the end of my race cheering me on. He's the best!
As I mentioned, we went to Chris's work Christmas party last night. It was held at Texas de Brazil. Basically, just imagine all-you-can-eat meat. It was delicious!
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Well I'm heading to bed. I hope you all are doing well! Happy December!