This morning I finished my 4th half marathon!!! And, I have to add, it is my 4th in less than 7 months, not to mention an 18k race 2 weeks ago. So at the moment I am feeling a little proud of myself. As for time, I came in right around my previous best. This race used only gun time, no net or chip time, so officially I finished in 2:03:42, only 4 seconds slower than my best time of 2:03:38. My watch time puts me at 2:03:29. Not really sure whether I call this my fastest half or not but no matter, I am very pleased with the result. I ran a steady race with no walking breaks and for 17k I felt very good. The overpass after the 17k mark was a bit challenging at that stage of the race, and the last 2km I struggled fighting the wind. I think it was around then that I had a slight moment of panic when I thought about the fact that come October I am going to run a full marathon. I was struggling a little today to finish, I admit the thought of that being only my half way mark in my October race is a little intimidating! Needless to say a lot of training is going to have to happen between now and the fall.
But for now I am going to enjoy my success so far and take a couple of days to relax. Then, in only 2 weeks I have to do it all again when I run the half at Ottawa Race Weekend. I know a sub 2 hour half is just not in the cards for me this year, particularly since my focus is going to switch to training for a full marathon soon. But the funny thing is, I am ok with that. This time last year, actually at the same race I did today, I ran my first 10k. This time 2 years ago I was training for my first 5k race. I had no idea that those races would lead to the running journey I now find myself enjoying so much. Sometimes it feels good to sit back and enjoy how far you have come 🙂
P.S. A special shout out to my boys who ran their first races of the season. My seven year old finished his 1k in a speedy 5:15 and my 10 year old had a P.B of 16:20 in the 3k. I love that they went out there, gave it their best and had a great time. Way to go boys!!!
P.P.S My husband wants to be recognized too…he was after all the running buddy for our youngest, race kit collector, driver and chief supporter. We couldn’t do it without him!