Another Monday, another long run. Since it was to be my last longest long run, I wanted to run my half marathon course. It’s a challenging course, with lots of uphill and lots of downhill. And to be honest…it’s been worrying me. So I figured the best thing to do would be to test it out.
Well, I started off all wrong the night before by eating way too much junk food at a birthday party the night before. Because cake. So, I went into the run not very well fueled. But the temps were good and once I started running I felt great. I took it easy the first 3 miles, running slow and steady and walking up the big hills. Then I picked up the pace to race pace for the next 7 miles.
It was harder than I expected, but not because it was too fast. But because it felt too slow! I had to keep reminding myself that I still had a long way to go, and I’d need the energy later!
Around mile 5 the sun came out and it was warm enough for short sleeves. I was still feeling good and ready to tackle the biggest hill of the course, a 12% grade one! I walked most of it, and was actually kind of surprised when I reached the halfway point of the course. I had survived all the hills and I was still going strong! From then on out it was mostly flat or downhill.
Around mile 7 I passed this. It’s hard to see, but there are 4 horses. Two were lying on their sides and the other two were just standing there staring at them. It was really odd looking. Also, check out those clouds! I could see a storm rolling in so I put my long sleeves back on and kept going.
It was bad, you guys! Rain and hail like crazy! I was soaked within seconds and I’m pretty sure I’ll have bruises from the hail! It was so bad I had people stopping to offer me a ride. I didn’t want to stop though, I was doing so well and really wanted to see it through. Thankfully the downpour didn’t last long, and I was able to keep going. I was soaked and dripping, but I kept going. I finished up the last couple of miles at an easy pace, which was hard because I knew I was so close and wanted to to finish fast! I stuck with the plan though. I was pretty happy with my average pace, until I compared it with my average pace from my race last fall. Then I was soooo excited! My run was over a min/mile faster and it wasn’t even run at full race effort! I’m soooo excited for my race and I can’t wait to see what I can do!