|Left to right: Amanda, Me, Kim, Santa, Anthony, Susan, Missi|
We eventually decided on Chili's and then we talked strategy for the race. Originally I was supposed to be running it as a training run for Rock N' Roll Arizona but a little part of me was hoping to break that sub 1:50 goal I had set for 2012 at my last half for the year. I even asked Susan what she was thinking because I considering sticking with her and seeing if I could get that sub-1:50. She was planning on running much faster so I decided against that! I went back and forth about it the rest of the evening and figured I would make the final decision once I saw how I felt at the race start. After Chili's we stopped by Friday's and chatted a bit and then headed to our rooms to get ready for the morning. We woke up to gorgeous weather and none of the rain that had been predicted which was a pleasant surprise. I kept going back and forth between a short sleeve shirt and the long sleeve race shirt that I would never normally wear on race day but it was a themed race afterall. I was very happy when Missi and I went outside to get the Santa hats and beards because I realized it was quite windy and knew I should switch to the long sleeve race shirt. When we were collecting the hats and beards I came across Jessica and we chatted for a bit and then I headed back into the hotel to finish getting ready. Once we had everything together we headed downstairs for a picture or two.
|Left to right: Amanda, Kim, Me, Missi, Susan|
As you can see in the picture, Susan had made tutus, but only she and Amanda decided to run in them. I had gone back and forth about running in one but I was concerned about not being able to get to my fuel belt. After the pictures we headed over to the start line and I was still debating what I wanted to do. I did line up towards the front and Susan basically told me it would hurt but it would be worth it in the end. I told her she was right and figured worst case scenario, I'm not feeling it and I back off the pace. With very little fanfare, the race started. I got out easily and didn't have to do any weaving at all. I was feeling great and my first mile came in at 8:09 which was a good :14 seconds ahead of my required pace to go sub 1:50. I decided to go for it at that point. In fact my first six miles of the race were all under 8:23 pace. I knew in my head I had to hit mile six in 50:20 and when I look at my watch the front numbers were still showing 48:xx. We ran through the amusement park and there were a lot of turns but it was a fun course. The next magic number I needed to see was 1:23 at mile ten. Sure enough I was under that time slightly at the 10 mile mark. As the wind picked up and seemed to push me backwards, I was glad to have banked some major time over the course of the first six miles. Right around mile 12, Amanda's nephew was there to cheer us on and he took a great picture of me which I think is still on Susan's camera as I haven't seen it surface on the internet yet. I knew I was getting close to the finish as I could see the hotel so I did my best to push through the wind and finish strong. I was incredibly happy when I crossed the line with a shiny new PR of 1:49:16 because I had met two goals. 12 half marathons in 2012 and a sub 1:50 half marathon in 2012. I immediately saw Jessica again and went over to talk with her and get a picture with her.
|Jessica and I. I seriously look like a giant next to her. Did you notice her race number is Christmas Day?|
|We got our hustle on|
|Pretty sure Santa was loving his job this past weekend|
|We clean up pretty good|
So how often does your Garmin or watch of choice vary from the posted course distance?
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!