It is going to be a little weird to not be running an event at the CLE marathon on Sunday. I have run either the 1/2 or full marathon every year since 2009...
See the reason I didn't sign up for the race this year is because Kaelynn was competing in a figure skating competition in Michigan so we would be out of town. Unfortunately the schedule of events isn't posted until about one week out from the competition. I didn't want to pay the money to enter on the off chance that she would be skating on Sunday. As it turned out, both of her events were on Saturday and we would be home Saturday evening. One of my running buddies, Missi, didn't sign up for the race either so we made a plan to meet at the Metroparks and run our own 13.1 on Sunday morning. Fast forward to Friday afternoon and I receive a fowarded email from Missi indicating that Team VW had free entries for Sunday's CLE marathon. The only thing Missi typed in the body of the email was...interested??? I immediately texted Joe and asked him if it would be okay if I took the entry and used it as a training run. He was okay with that so I emailed my release form and photo ID to my friend Patty so she could pick up my packet at the expo on Friday since I was headed out of town and just like that I was running the 2013 CLE half. After taking care of the details, Kaelynn and I made our way to Michigan where we enjoyed a lovely dinner with my awesome cousin, Tiffany. While we were at dinner, I received a text from Patty verifying that I was in fact going to be running on Sunday morning.
|Thanks for getting us the free entry Patty|
|2nd place out of 10 girls. Kaelynn by far was the youngest in her group!|
|Becky, Bick, Seth, Missi, me, and Kim inside Brown's stadium|
|Missi is all happy while I am running next to her and not even noticing the camera! HA!|
Shortly after this photo, I unintentionally lost Missi in the crowd. I just focused on my plan and went with it. I continued to run by feel while not pushing the pace too much. I was quite pleased with miles 7-12 with splits of 9:05, 8:52, 8:56, 8:52, 8:53, and 8:45. Once I saw mile 12, I hit the gas pedal and gave it my all with a 7:47 for mile 13. I was still feeling great. Dare I say the pace almost felt easy? I gave it one final push and clocked a 7:12 pace for the final tenth and crossed the line in 1:57:17. The best part was I felt like I could have kept running so that has to be a good sign! A few minutes later Missi came through the shoot with a smile on her face. She had also run a sub 2. I am very pleased that I was able to run the race according to the plan and not try and go for a PR. The end goal of this training cycle will come to light on September 15, 2013 in Erie, PA! While this wasn't a 1/2 marathon PR it was a huge course PR. I have never finished the CLE 1/2 in under 2 hours!
|Great day for a tour of Cleveland on foot!|
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!