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All Women & One Lucky Guy Half Marathon Recap

Posted Nov 06 2011 5:33pm

Yup, I ran a half marathon this morning. A hilly one at that.

1:59:54. And yup, that’s a half PR for me. A week after a marathon PR. I didn’t think I had it in me, either.

Below 50 degrees? Time to break out the fleece headband

The point of the race was to be entirely women.. and one ‘lucky’ guy who won a raffle to run with lots of fit women… I know… anyways, moving on, I signed up for this race last Wednesday for three reasons:

  • 1.)  even with just finishing a marathon, I was feeling SO eager to run
  • 2.) start line was 1 mile from my house and
  • 3.) I have run on these roads a few (100) times, so I knew what to expect..

In other words, I knew about the several hills we all would be encountering! (The winner, a 45 yr old woman, owned this course in 1:25. Hot Damn!)

Don't let that fool you, there were many hills hidden in that average!

The race had a 10am start time which was also awesome. I slept in, got some studying done and then moseyed up the hill to the start.

All the fixings

The Course: In a sentence, it was a beautiful course with rolling hills through farmland. Today was just perfect and I was just happy and grateful to be out running. I drove the course yesterday (on an equally gorgeous day) and I took some pictures:

Lakes and Leaves

Country Roads

Wild life!

Hill at Mile 6

The other side of November in New England

The last of Fall Foliage

The Run: I switched my Garmin to record laps, so this is how my pacing broke down:

Mile 1 – 8:44
Mile 2 – 8:47
Mile 3 – 8:45
Mile 4 – 8:49
Mile 5 – 8:56
Mile 6 – 9:00
Mile 7 – 9:07 <– 2 consecutive hills
Mile 8 – 9:29 <– biggest hill on the course
Mile 9 – 8:56
Mile 10 – 9:27 <– 3 small hills in a row
Mile 11 – 9:01
Mile 12 – 9:22 
Mile 13 – 9:24 <– last hill
.2 (according to Garmin) – 9:19 <– and then finished on a HILL. No joke! How cruel!

Total time: 1:59:54 Average Pace: 9:05 Division Place: 43/138 Overall Place: 319/979

I actually finished 10 seconds behind the one ‘lucky’ guy. Turns out he’s a good pacer!

The Feel: Even though the hills slowed me down, I surprised myself today. I ran a solid half marathon the week after a full marathon. Dang! I would have never been able to do that a year ago. Also, I handled the hills fairly well, something I used to dread, and kept a decent pace. I feel myself getting stronger and it’s a wonderful thing.

During the run, when I wasn’t thinking about my upcoming exam, I was thinking about how far I have come as a runner. Since my first half marathon 2 1/2 years ago, I have learned so much about my limitations as well as, and more importantly, my ABILITY. I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for running and I look forward to setting more goals and enjoying a sport I’ve grown to love.

Have you ever truly surprised yourself? Have you ever done something you didn’t think you could?

(*Edited to add: My knee! You thoughtful people who asked, my knee feels GREAT! It didn’t bother me once today during the race, which may be in part due to the excessive icing and stretching I’ve done this week :-) So far, so good…)



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