Guys, I am BEAMING!! I PR’d at this morning’s Mistletoe Half Marathon!! My overall average pace was about a 7:35 min/mile for an official overall time of 1:39:37. I am beyond thrilled – that’s 3 minutes faster than my previous PR, which happened at this race last year.
In keeping with tradition, here are my top 10 Favorite Things about the 2013 Mistletoe Half Marathon, in no real order. (You can read my top 10 favorite things from 2010, 2011, and 2012 – although I didn’t exactly do a full list for 2012. )
10. No rain! The forecast kept calling for it but we lucked out! And it wasn’t freezing cold either. I could have done without the wind though. It was brutal on the last mile – I could feel it pushing me around!
9. Pace groups. This was the first time they’ve had pacers, which is a great addition. One of my friends was the pacer for the 1:35 group, which was cool, but I hovered around the 1:40 group. I passed the 1:40 group when I was feeling strong only to get passed by them again later. The hills at the end killed me (that darn Reynolda Village one – who hears me WS folks?!), but I actually ended finishing right ahead of them.
8. Better fitting shirts! Last year’s shirts were enormous. They were still big this year but that’s because I’m short and petite. But lucky me, they had extra Youth Larges so I snagged one of those. (Although it’s still a bit big. ha!)
7. An indoor area to wait after the race with coffee :D. Maybe they’ve had the gym open in the past but I don’t remember knowing about it. Granted, John and I went home and showered before the awards ceremony but it was nice to come back and keep warm inside. (I think they also let people shower at the Y if you don’t live close by.)
6. Seeing many friends at the start line. I’ve made so many friends in this town through running and it’s fun to see them at races. It gave me energy and also helped calm some of my nerves. Another cool thing was right before the gun went off, a girl next to me tapped me and it was the girl that I’d barely beat the Brighter Path 10K! It was fun to start together and even run together for a bit along the course. She beat me today! I love the camaraderie of runners, even those “competing” against each other.
5. Seeing so many friends cheering for me at the finish line! I wish I’d thought to take out my earbuds so I could hear them, but it was fun seeing them cheer. And sweet Meg saw me out on the course and took a picture for me! I wish I’d seen her!! Looking at this picture, I asked John if I still heel strike. He said I don’t, that I land with a flat foot so this must have been right before my foot flattens out. (I’m nervous of heel striking because that’s part of what caused so many running injuries for me before I switched to Vibrams.) I should probably still work on keeping my legs under me more.
4. John running up to me and lifting me up in a giant bear hug when I finished. He gets just as excited for me to PR as I do.
3. John PR’d too!!! He ran a 1:27! Yes, I know. SO. FREAKING. FAST. And he placed 3rd in his age group, and got a sweet medal! They are enormous and gorgeous. I wish I’d placed just because I liked the medal so much! I was 4th in my age group (so close!) and 20th overall female.
2. My knee held up!! I was literally trembling this morning because I was so nervous to run the race. Since I fell three months ago, I’d only done one run longer than 6 miles (I did a 10 miler 3 or 4 weeks ago) so I was really nervous I didn’t have any distance in me. My legs definitely got tired and I faded towards the end but I was just grateful to be running and without pain. My knee started to ache and feel a little off-track (you know what I mean?) around mile 10 but it held up and I have no pain in it now, so that’s good.
1. My PR!!!!!! I’m just beaming. I was nervous about even finishing, and never even considered that I’d PR. I did run with my Garmin (despite my thoughts on my last post), but I actually didn’t look at it after mile 2. I was running around a 7:50 minute mile for the first two miles, and then I told myself to listen to my body and not let my pace dictate how I run, and I felt myself pick up speed. I was actually quite proud of myself for resisting the temptation to look. I checked it around the 12th mile so I knew how close I was to my PR, and when I saw my time, it motivated me to try to break 1:40. And now my legs are pretty tired and getting sore – and that’s a good sign of a good race!
I know some of you raced today at Mistletoe and at others, and to all of you, GREAT JOB today! I hope you all had great races! If you ran today, leave a comment and let me know! I love connecting with people on race day, near and far.