Last weekend I ran my 8th Half Marathon AND it now holds the spot of my NEW PR!
My friend Sarah and I went down to Philly on Saturday so we could hit up the Expo and get ours goods. It was a small semi disappointing expo but we still managed to score a free chair massage. Afterwards we hit up Reading Terminal Market for lunch.. It was freezing, windy and cold so we hunkered up in the hotel the rest of the night, even being lazy enough to order room service for dinner
We ended up going to bed super early and got about 8 hours of sleep before waking up for the race! Thats unheard of for me. When we woke up I was wide awake and READY!
It was a GROSSSSSSS day! It was drizzling with expected rain at any minute when we left the hotel to walk over to the start. Within minutes it was pouring, good thing we had ponchos!
The race started at 8 and I was ready. I had no intention of time I just wanted to get out there and RUN! Sarah and I were together until sometime before mile 3 and then split to run our own paces.
I stopped at each water station to take a sip. I have found that early on I usually DO NOT want the water but I am better off in the end if I drink it anyway
I had Gu chomps and Sports beans 2-3 times through the race. I ran the ENTIRE thing with my poncho on and it was kind of fun! The rain got light at times and then POURED on us.. I enjoyed it. Theres something kind of awesome about running in the pouring rain with thousands of other runners!
Around mile 10 I was feeling AWESOME, I realized my current pace was REALLY close to my PR from last spring so I went for it, I started picking up the pace and still felt great, then as my time increased I thought, I’m not going to come close, I am going to BEAT IT!
Rain is apparently my secret weapon!
I really sprinted that last .1 When I crossed the finish line and looked down at my watch I was SO PLEASED!!!! I immediately texted my husband about my PR and couldn’t stop smiling!!
HELLO THERE! Thats about a minute and a half shaved off my old PR! I can’t wait to bring this time EVEN LOWER, I now have my sights set on a sub 2:00 hour half one of these days!!
I went through the finisher shoot, got my water and snacks and ran over to the finish line to catch Sarah! By the time she crossed I was an ice cube, I hadn’t been running for a few minutes and it was freezing out and I WAS SOAKED!
Yay for finish line hot chocolate!!
We booked it back to the hotel so we could get warm and head to brunch!
This past winter really trained me physically and mentally. I now think running in the cold and rain is no big deal and even kind of fun!
Next weekend Sarah and I will be running another local half, The Rutgers Unite half, which I PR’ed in last spring! BRING IT!!
Some Stolen “official pics”