Got ready for my first half marathon of the year. I was nervous that I wasn't ready for the distance or my legs were not ready to race, for they were feeling heavy since it was the last week of solid training before tapering for the Nike Women Half Marathon DC.
The gun went off in Central Park on a mildly chilly day. Two weeks prior I ran the route so I knew about the hills and where to push it and where to relax. Mile one, perfect split, today was a great day to run. As the finish line came near it was time to dig deep and push it, I was hurting, my legs were heavy, my butt burned (stupid hills), but I finished in 1:35.56.. almost 5 min PR! Finished in the top 60 out of 10,000 women. It was a great day to run....
April 15, 2013
Woke up in time to watch the elites during the Boston Marathon. I left my boyfriend's place for home. While on the road I decided to switch CD's.... crackle... static... Bombing at the Boston finish line... crackle... WHAT?! my phone started going off with messages, texts, facebook posts, friends, and family members both wondering about me... Instantly I started to tear up.. Someone attacked my family, my community, my friends... How or why this happened, it could not be true, there is no way that it was true... For a few days my brain was turned off, it was in shock... Before I made the decision to sigh up for the More Fitness Women's Half Marathon I was going to volunteer at Boston, I wanted to be at the finish line.. part of me felt guilty that I did not do what I originally planned to do, had someone got injured because I did not go? Hope not, I hope they were able to help out others... The running community will continue to grow and get stronger, we will not break down, we are not easily discouraged, we will push through.
April 28, 2013
Nike Women's Half Marathon DC... Such an execrating race, started following the 1:30 group (it was my goal) but after following them for two miles at a much faster pace then 6:52 I backed off and decided to let my legs do the running. Mile 10 came around, in my head I said "it's go time"... not long after I tripped on the road... took a nasty spill laid down for a little bit but said "no, go" did not bother looking at anything but my hand which was bleeding pretty good. Mile 12 finally got there and I had to take a walk break because my leg was burning, looking down the first thought was "#$@$". Someone offered me a napkin but I refused it and pushed on, it may hurt but I was out to get a PR. The last mile was the hardest mile. Crossed the line and got a high five from Joan Beniot Samuelson and Shalane Flanagan.. I walked right into the medic tent and they took a little rock from my knee patched up my hand and I went to get my little blue box!!!! Official time was 1:35.06!! Had I not fallen I would have been at least in the 1:32/1:33 area but such is life there is always another race.
Between the two races they were both very amazing in different ways, Central Park was extremely hard and during my second lap I passed a lot of the people who were on their first lap and it was hard to get around a lot of them. But it was such a challenged I loved it!!! Nike Women made me feel like a princess, it was a nice flat course around DC it was fun to look at all the monuments and the necklace that I wanted so badly is finally mine!!! Both of them I ran in my Altra Intuitions. I love these shoes they provide me with the perfect kind of support and do not weigh my legs down as the miles go one.