Q: Was this your first 1/2 marathon?
A: It is actually my second. Check out my post called What a Difference a Year Makes to see my recap of the Baltimore Running Festival 2011.
Q: Did you follow a training plan?
A: I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training plan. For the most part I stuck to it. I never skipped a long run, but I did drop a few mid-week runs (Exercise Log) and I did get in a Runner’s Rut from time to time. I wish I could have kept up with my cross-training, but I was super happy that I ran completely injury free, unlike my 1/2 marathon last year!
Q: How many runners were in the race?
A: There were a total of 10,229 runners in the 1/2 marathon. I was the 2,048th runner to cross the finish line. In my age group there were 597 runners and I was the 65th runner to cross the finish line for that category.
Q: Did you have a goal you wanted to reach?
A: Yes, my goal was to run the 1/2 marathon in two hours and run injury free. I knew in order to reach that goal I could not run slower than a 9:09 pace. A 9:09 pace was certainly attainable, but I wasn’t sure if I could maintain it for 13.1 miles. To my surprise, I surpassed my goal. Here are my mile splits:
Q: Did you run the race with any friends?
A: My hubby ran the full marathon, so I partially trained with him. I did all my long runs with a new running buddy and we started the race together. However, it was so CROWDED that we got separated at about mile two.
I also met a friendly runner during the race. I chatted with her at the beginning of the race and we were shocked how CROWDED it was. I think we were actually quite unnerved. I saw her several times throughout the race up until about mile marker eight, but then I didn’t see her until we were in the home stretch on Eutaw Street. When I saw her I told her it was time to wrap this up…LET’S GO! We crossed the finish line just second apart. Later I found out she was barking on my heals and following me on those miles when I thought she disappeared. She was so sweet and thanked me for pacing her through the race. The marathon photographers got a fantastic shot of us chatting on that home stretch, but I couldn’t pull the trigger on purchasing that photo, $$$$, not yet anyway!
Q: Did you win anything in this race?
A: Funny you should ask me that! A few days before race day, I was talking with four of my students about the race and explaining to them what a 1/2 marathon is. One of them chimed in and asked me if I thought I would come in first place. Oh my! I just had to laugh! 🙂 No, I was not going to come in first place and win $25,000, but in my eyes everyone who ran the race was a winner. I did, however, receive an awesome medal and flowers from my hubby.
Q: Do you have another race scheduled in the future?
A: That depends who you ask. Pink Runner has been
bullying me politely asking me to join her for a 1/2 marathon in December. I’ll keep you posted on that! I am thinking that I may possibly like to run the Turkey Trot 5k in November. I am mentally exhausted, so right now I am looking forward to a break.
Q: Did you learn any life lessons because of the race?
A: At the beginning of the race I saw a spectator holding a sign that said:
“Pain Is Temporary
Pride Lasts Forever”
Yep, that about sums it up. I pushed through and finished proud. It was a great day for a run!