The rest of the course was more rolling hills - a few pretty decent climbs, and a few pretty harsh downhills that hurt just as much as the ups. I got to the mile 10 mark and looked down to see a 7:08 mile. I have no clue where that came from (probably some good downhills in that mile), but still, I knew I was going to pay dearly for that, and I did. By mile 11 I was struggling big time to hold on, but there was no way I was losing 3rd place that easy. I stuck it out to come in at 1:40:33. No PR, but 3rd place female and 1st in my age group. Given the hills on this monster, and the state of my body in the last three weeks, I was extremely pleased with this time.
Despite the bitchin' hills on this course, I really enjoyed it. Out of my 23 half marathons, this was by far the most challenging. But, it was also peaceful and serene. Many miles it was just me and 1-2 other people on the road. The weather was perfect, and the challenging hills were just what I needed to 1) get my head back to knowing that I CAN race again after a marathon 2)grind out some serious built up aggression on the road and 3) focus on future running goals and training, and start moving forward again.
The absolute best part of this race though was the BBQ after. Racing with my trackies is the best...but being able to hang out, soak up some vitamin D and enjoy fabulous company after a blood pumping long run is a therapy of a new kind.
|3rd in Age Group - 6th Overall|
|2nd in Age Group - 5th Overall|
|1st in Age Group - 2nd Female Overall!|
|<3 Soaking up the Vitamin D and Trackie Love|