You know that half marathon I had today? I went with my friends, Robin and Elaine. Remember the one I told you that I was going to run easy? Training run at full marathon pace, right?
Let's see how well I behaved myself at the DRC Half by taking a peek at my splits:
Total 13.23 02:18:36
Avg Pace 10:28
So, in case you haven't been following my blog for long, that is not easy for me. That's my second best half marathon time ever (only second to my half that I ran last week). Yeah, well, I'm not the best at taking it easy when no one is there to force me to.
I actually saw my friend, EW, before the race, and he mentioned he wanted to go for about a 2:25. You know how I love to talk while I run, so I wanted to run with him, but I lost him before the start and lined up with Elaine near the 2:30 pace team. I spent the first 40 minutes of the race trying to see if I could spot him and his friend, Allen, through the crowd. Finally I did spot them, and I sped up to catch them. Hmmmm, that pace... not supposed to be going that speed. Must. Slow. Down. Yeah, right... didn't think so.
I really get pumped when I have people to run with, so we just trucked along... until mile 8 where our pace fell off because, well, um, they were handing out oreos... and we wanted to slow down to enjoy the oreos. Around mile 9, EW was feeling a little pain, so pulled back, but his friend carried on so I tried to keep up.
We could see the 2:20 balloons off in the distance and figured why not catch them. So we did... and when we caught them, we just kept pushing. When we hit the 12 mile marker, I was tiiiiiiiiiiiired. But for some reason, Allen said "Let's go, Lesley!" and sped up... trying to convince me that it was just another mile and I could do it. I cannot believe I ran a sub-10 minute mile the last mile of a half-marathon. But I did... and I feel great.
The course had some hills, but it was a beautiful run, with excellent course support. The food and fun at the finish line was plentiful. There wasn't even a line at the porta-potties. Excellent race. Will definitely be on my to-do list next year.
And when I came home, I took a shower, and got in bed and did this (with my Paige-a-doodle):
Post-nap, I ordered pizza from my phone, and watched a movie with my kids... seriously lazy day.
And just for your own giggles and enjoyment... here is what happens to my hair when I go to sleep with it wet post-race... oops! (And please excuse my make-up free face.)