First, I’m excited to announce I am featured on Lauren Conrad’s blog again for my Halloween costume from last year. Check out the post on how I made it here.
On to my recap of the Runner’s World half marathon!
Sunday morning’s half marathon rounded out the last race of the Runner’s World Hat Trick. Surprisingly, I felt fine after 9 miles on Saturday. I was more concerned about my clothes actually! I did a horrible job packing for this trip – I left my running belt which holds my phone, camera, fuel, etc. during a race, and I almost forgot an outfit to run in. I wish I was kidding. You’d think this was my first rodeo or something…
I follow Janet (author of Because I Can – read my review here) on Facebook, and she was actually running the same race. She did a post on how to pack for this weekend which was really interesting because I learned runners should dress like it is 20 degrees warmer than what the temperature at the Start is going to be. I’d never heard that before, but it is so true! I decided to go with capri leggings, a thin Under Armour long sleeved top, a fleece vest from Columbia, and the Hat Trick hat. The outfit was perfect for the weather and the vest had pockets for all my stuff.
|with my roommate for the weekend, Marcia, before leaving for the race|
The Start began about a half mile past the 5K/10K Start line, but the course was still similar for the first few miles. I found the 2:15 pacers. It was a huge leap from my previous half PR of 2:49 from February, but I really thought I had it in me. I didn’t want to kill myself during the race, but I definitely wanted to push myself to see what I could do on a non-runDisney course. I decided to pass the pacers, so that even if I needed to walk a bit I would still be in line with my goal.
|I left the official race pacers and ran with these guys instead. They left me in the dust around mile 7 though.|
While I thought my vest would come in handy in the absence of my running belt, all of my stuff kept punching me in the stomach as I ran which meant that I had to hold my camera and phone in my hand the entire race. I didn’t stop for many photos, so this kind of annoyed me. To make the first part of the half marathon even better, my iPod decided to die on me one song in. I seriously need to update the technology in my life (I have a Blackberry (2+ years old) and an iPod Mini (10 years old)… #enoughsaid). Thankfully, I train without music!
I’ve never done a half marathon solo before. I’ve always been with my mom and/or friends, so I wasn’t sure how this was going to go. I decided to enjoy my surroundings. I focused on the pretty fall scenery and the gorgeous historical buildings. I hated on the hills and saved caterpillars from harms way (at Disney I saved a frog #naturenerd)
The volunteers were so wonderful and it was neat to see people, coffee cups in hand, cheering us on from their porches and driveways. I think my favorite moments were when runners saw their spouse and kids along the course path. The kids seemed to have no idea what was going on at all, but when they saw their parent running they got so excited. Their signs were adorable too!
Soon I was back in familiar territory and finishing the half along the same path I took to finish the 10K. I never felt like I was going to die toward the end which surprised me. I looked at my watch and realized that if I just kept running then I could finish in under 2:15 (I never saw the pacers after I passed them at the Start.).
|the half marathon medals included a beer opener – the Yuengling factory is only about 30 minutes from Bethlehem, PA|
|You could scan your race bib with a smartphone to get your official time after crossing the Finish! I’ve never seen that before at a race, so it was pretty cool.|
|post-Hat Trick with all my race bling from the weekend!|
I still can’t believe I finished in 2:13 – 36 minutes faster than my previous PR of 2:49 in February! Not only did I complete the Hat Trick challenge, but I set a new PR in all three races. It is really cool to see that my training is paying off. I think my new goal will be to keep inching closer to sub-2:00! I celebrated by my awesomeness by getting a wonderful massage post-half! It was much needed.
Check back tomorrow for another Runner’s World Half and Festival related post. I have seven more coming your way! Also, be sure to check out my previous posts from earlier this week:
Stay fit and fabulous,