After spending the Summer/Fall doing a ton of racing, it was nice to finally get back to racing this past weekend. This was the 5th year I have run in the Chilly events and the Chilly in 2008 was my first half marathon ever.
Lumbering to a 2:53 finish time back in ‘08.
Training has been going well…really well actually except for the whole: “Mother Nature being a beeyotch and throwing icy sidewalks at us. I even resorted the week before to doing something I never thought I would do before –spend more than a few hrs on the ‘mill.
I spent just over 3 to be exact.
I actually did 2 things I have never done before a race. 1) On Friday I met my friend (and 2:15 pacer) for a run that wasn’t short or slow. 2) On Saturday, I did hot yoga first thing in the morning. Nothing like mixing it up when you want to try to PB in a race.
Race day was fine. No icy sidewalks or footing (for a change MN…) and just a bit cool. I was slightly overdressed but nothing major. We met our friends and headed out to the race.
The race itself went really well. I really didn’t want to be time/pace watching so my plan was to just run until 45min so I could take a gel. 45min became 50 as I good song came on and I didn’t want to stop. :)
Everything went fine until around 18km where the wheels really starting coming off. I was nauseous and really really slowed down but just did what I could to keep going. My overall goal was a 2:20 finish and I ended up a 2:18 – overall a 7 min PB.
Post race, there were friends, smiles and a giant White Russian to celebrate.
I’ve got 2 more races in March – the NYC Half and Around the Bay. I am truly hoping they are as good race experiences as this one was.