This morning at 5:45 AM, 98.6 was a very significant number. It meant that I could run the Chilly Half Marathon! Wahoo!! If I had a fever at all when I woke up, I wasn’t going to run it, but my temperature was normal and I felt a million times better.
Mal and I sort of dillydallied this morning, so we took breakfast to go. We had our usual pre-run food: peanut butter + banana and iced coffee with soy milk.
I had mine on raisin bread this morning.
For today’s race, I tried fruit-flavored Gu. After many unsuccessful attempts with “chewy” fuel, I decided that Gu is the way to go for me. It’s much easier for me to eat while running. It still takes me a little while, but I don’t have to slow my running pace too much in order to eat it.
Gu is easy to eat and pretty tasty (I really liked the Lemon Sublime flavor), but I’m not a fan of the sticky aftertaste in my mouth. I planned to take my Gu before a couple of the water stops, so I could wash-out my mouth. It worked well.
The half marathon course was super hilly! Holy moly!! I was not mentally prepared for it, but it was a really pretty run through Newton and Chestnut Hill. We even ran down infamous Heartbreak Hill!
Overall, I felt good on today’s run. There were moments when I felt sort of crappy and my legs felt like they wouldn’t move, but I managed to push through for a PR of under 2 hours! (I ran my first half marathon in 2:06:04, so I crushed it this morning!)
The race had a gun start and a chip finish, so I used my Garmin to track my time. I was actually in the line for the bathroom when the gun went off, so I was definitely a couple of minutes behind the official clock.
- Mile 1: 8:58
- Mile 2: 8:50
- Mile 3: 9:04
- Mile 4: 8:42
- Mile 5: 9:03
- Mile 6: 9:26 <— Gu #1
- Mile 7: 9:32 <— Holy hills!!!
- Mile 8: 9:15
- Mile 9: 8:52
- Mile 10: 9:03 <— Gu #2
- Mile 11: 9:11
- Mile 12: 9:10
- Mile 13: 8:43
I realize that the distance on my Garmin isn’t quite 13.1 miles, but I guess the course was a little short? Even still, I accomplished my goal of running a half marathon in under two hours and that’s all that matters to me!
My speed demon husband finished in 1:27:37. Um, yea, he’s FAST! He placed 20th out of 904 runners! Impressive, right? I’m so proud of him!
Time for a shower and second breakfast!