I bet you guys didn’t see that one coming! I haven’t run a race since December, even though it feels way longer than just 5 months ago. But that all changed today. Today, I ran race #8 on my 21 before 21 goal 🙂
This was the PCRF Cinco de Mayo Half Marathon. Luckily, it wasn’t very far so I didn’t have to wake up crazy early. My alarm when off at 5:15am and I was up. I made myself the usual: Udi’s cinnamon raisin bagel with pumpkin butter, an orange, and green tea.
Then my dad, mom, and I headed to the race start. Parking was super easy and we got there with about 30 minutes to spare. So we stood around and I stretched.
Once 7am rolled around, we were off. Before the race, I was thinking it would be fairly flat. It was flat compared to other races, but every once in awhile, those rolling hills were killer!
Mile 1 – 7:41 – This race wasn’t crowded so there wasn’t any weaving in and out of people. I liked it!
Mile 2 – 7:56 – I knew I was going out too fast, but I have a hard time slowing myself down so I just kept going, hoping it wouldn’t bite me in the butt later. (HA I wish…)
Mile 3 – 8:06
Mile 4 – 8:01
Mile 5 – 8:10
Mile 6 – 8:35
Mile 7 – 8:18 – At this point, I take my Gu which has been hiding in my sports bra.
Mile 8 – 8:38 – “I could totally PR! If I keep up with this pace, I will beat my record by a minute or 2.”
Mile 9 – 8:46 – I still thought I could PR at this point. Crazy kid.
Mile 10 – 8:44 – “Oh I think that’s Monica from Run Eat Repeat.” It was. And she passed me.
Mile 11 – 9:22 – I was really cramping up at this point. Not fun stuff. “I’m getting a foam roller for sure.”
Mile 12 – 10:04 – Basically it was all downhill from here. Figuratively, not literally. I just wanted the race to be over but I didn’t let myself walk. If I’m not gonna PR, then I’m sure as heck not going to walk.
Mile 13 – 10:10 – So happy to see the finish line!
Mile .27 – 2:29 – Done!
Time – 1:55:04
Avg. Pace – 8:40
The race itself was really good. There were a lot of volunteers, water stations, and arrows pointing out the course. Plus the course was like a giant circle rather than an out an back, so that was nice!
As for myself, it wasn’t so great. I have no idea why I thought I could PR considering the fact that the furthest I’ve run in the past 5 months was 6 miles. Sometimes I’m not the smartest kid.