I did it! I completed my 2nd half marathon, and felt better than expected. I enjoyed running the course today, and felt refreshed after the horrendously bad Friday I had! Almost everything that could go wrong on Friday did, I was super stressed out at work, I didn't get done until after 4:15, and I told Jessica I would pick her up at 3, and then on my way rushing out of my apartment I left my purse. Luckily Jessica was able to save the day and buy me dinner and my granola bars for pre-race.
This morning I woke up at 5:20 to prepare for the 7am start time, and almost immediately Aaron informed us (Laurie, Jessica, and I) that it was raining outside, so much for a 10% chance of rain.. But after my terrible Friday I set my mind that absolutely nothing was going to ruin my day, and definitely not a little cold and rain. Around 6:20 left the hotel to head to the race start, and find our fellow ASR friends for a quick picture.
I told myself it was ok, and I opened my GU Chomps. I had told myself I had a goal of 9:30 minute miles, when in reality I wanted 9:12 (yes, a random number, but that was actually my average pace for a really great 12 mile training run I had a few weeks back), but either way I had a little cushion since I had run an average of about 9:05 thus far. So I told myself it was ok to slow down, I concentrated on breathing in through my nose, and out through my mouth to try to lower my heart rate, and was able to maintain a an average pace around 9:18 or less. Mile 11 was a slight uphill through part of the downtown with an out and back turn around at mile 12. As I ran towards 12 noting that I could possibly finish in less than 2 hours, and working on my pacing plan I saw Jessica run by, then Aaron and Laurie. I hit mile 12 with just under 10 minutes until the 2 hour mark, so I decided that I was going to start pushing at 12.75 miles and hopefully have enough gas in the tank to make it. So around then I started to push my legs to move faster, checking my watch every minute to see how close to goal I was. As I was sprinting in with 40 seconds to go until 2 hours I started counting down, and I knew I had slightly missed my new goal. I heard my name announced as I was crossing the finish line, and then saw Bruce and Kitty cheering me on at the end. I immediately stopped my watch at 2:00:30, and noticed that my distance was 13.2, so in fact, I did run a half marathon in under 2 hours, the course is just slightly off, or I did not take every corner hugging the inside.
Mission accomplished! I look forward to seeing the official race results later tonight. Where's the next half?!