half marathon recap
this morning i ran my first half with my running club! what an experience, i don’t know where to start.
it was twenty-eight degrees outside, and there was actually a winter storm rolling through. the snow started at mile 7, and it turned into hail by mile 9. the course was uphill both ways (mile 12: “hospitalization hill”, which never ended) but it was beautiful. it was in a historic town in virginia, and part of the course flanked a river with gorgeous rapids around mile 5. and, when the snow started to fall in the quaint old neighborhoods it looked like a christmas card.
i ran faster than i did during my ten-miler in august, and actually hit a 10-mile PR during the race (1:16). my finish time was 1:41:26, roughly 7:44 pace when i was originally shooting for 8 and i took third in my age group behind two good friends! i also had a negative split which was awesome.
i felt powerful and strong, despite the crappy conditions (hence no cute race pics we wanted to get the F*CK out of there) and am really happy and surprised at how well i did given the lame amount of training i’ve been doing with an aggravated sciatic nerve and, well, school.
final note: this was my first race since becoming a vegetarian. it was also the longest distance i’ve ever run, and i had NO problems, no asthma, no low blood sugar…i was STRONG. so, i’m sticking with it, and for anyone thinking about making the switch, go for it! you may surprise yourself.