I even wore SHORTS - which is huge for me, as I NEVER have worn shorts for a longer race before. I bought these Saucony shorts at the expo the day before, and I was so glad I did. I wish they were as cheap as the ones I linked - however, they were worth every penny. Very lightweight and allow for free movement of my muscular legs. Highly recommend for warm-weather running! Overall it was a great race and I didn't care that it was my absolute slowest time (2:26) ever because of the challenging humid conditions.
After barely recovering from this half, I completed my 9th Half yesterday. The DC RockNRoll half. This was my 2nd time doing this one, as a did it 2 years ago. Weather was perfect...cool and sunny. However, this course is not flat! I forgotten about the hills in this race (funny how one does that - like childbirth, you forget the pain). It is pretty to run through Rockcreek Parkway but the hill coming up out of it is brutal! I ran the first 6 miles with a friend and that was so great. (My friend is training for a 50K so she actually ran 7 miles in ahead of time. Amazing!)
The remainder of the race I ran solo but I felt strong and took in the cheers and music around me, as I didn't wear my iPod this time. I finished with a time of 2:18:33 and was pleased with that! My PR to date is 2:15, so considering the challenging hills of this course and the fact that I had just completed a half less than 2 weeks prior, I was not dissapointed in my performance.
Next up will my 10th half, the Trap Pond Half marathon in Delaware. This one is a flat trail race and hopefully I will be joined by my husband (this will be his first half!). I am going in support of my 2 friends who will be completing the 50K in "celebration" of their 50th birthdays. This will be my 3rd Half within 90 days, which apparently qualifies me to be a Half Fanatic. Crazy!
I am just so greatful that I am able to "RUN HAPPY"
and continue to gain strength and confidence in myself!