Since we were traveling all last week and visiting family, I had very little time to think (or worry) about Sunday’s race. We got home Saturday night, did some unpacking, set the alarm for 4:45am, and went to bed. It was too early for the family to come along, so I was on my own (which also means no action shots!)
I feel really lucky to have connected with an awesome running buddy this year, May, and a training group that has been really supportive (even if I only make it to the occasional Thursday training session.)
I got to the race in plenty of time for the 6:30am start. It was perfect racing conditions- in the 40’s, which is downright cold by Texas standards. Cool and dry, finally. I paid my dues at the hot TriGirl half and wet and windy Houston marathon.
I found May right away. Our running club buddy Austin was going to pace her for a pr, sub 1:37. The plan was to start conservatively, so I decided to start with them and see how I felt.
The race started on time, and we took off. Miles 1-3, 7:17, 7:26, 7:12
May had warned me about the middle portion. There was a 2 mile out and back run for miles 3-7 that you loop twice. Up and back, turn around, up and back again. Thankfully, having company for the run kept it interesting. Miles 4-8, 7:12, 7:24, 7:17, 7:24, 7:16
I ate a few chews around mile 4 and mile 8, and I was feeling great. The pace was the perfect mix of comfortable and challenging, and by this point I knew I was going to smash December’s pr of 1:39.
Miles 9 and 10 were relatively easy. We decided we would pick up our pace for the final 3 and push it in the final stretch. Miles 9-10, 7:26, 7:19
I had my sights on a woman in purple the whole race who remained 100-200 yards in front of us. I started pulling away in mile 11 to finally pass her and decided to push the last three without checking my watch at all. Miles 11-13, 7:00, 7:11, 7:05 and the final .1 at 5:58 pace
Finish- 1:35:25 (7:15 pace) and 2nd place age group
May was seconds behind me, and I know she would have passed me if she had taken a full taper this week rather than hitting nearly 50 miles in her Boston training. 🙂
I’m still pretty ecstatic about a 4 minute pr that felt so good. It was only that final mile that started to feel really tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed the process of running this half, which is not something I could have said about the TriGirl. All those marathon miles really helped. Having a pacer was a nice plus, too!
And now I have to figure out how to prepare for a 10k on Saturday… I never plan back to back races, but this one was local and cheap and I decided to go for it. I don’t know what my legs will think of that.
Finally, the winner of the heart rate monitor is Nicole Vink C. Email me with your address, and congrats!
Did you race or run long this weekend?