So…I ran a half marathon on Sunday morning! I wasn’t training specifically for it, but about 3 or 4 days ago, I decided to go for it and just have fun with it (<–I realize that probably sounds crazy to my non-runner friends!)
Thank goodness for Daylight Savings because the race started at 7 am. I woke up at 5:30, ate a bowl of oatmeal (my go-to), and my dad and I headed out at 6. We made it just in time (i.e. I was literally jumping over a fence at 6:58 to get to the starting line!)
My plan for the race was to just go by how I was feeling. I knew that it wouldn’t be my fastest half marathon since I’d been running mostly just easy miles this semester, but I knew the distance was doable since I’d still been doing 35-40 miles per week. I’d run four half marathons before this, and all of them were after I finished a cross country season and was in peak shape. I had no idea what kind of time I could run or how I’d feel…
But I felt a lot better than I expected! During the race, there were a couple times when I thought, “This hurts…I’m never doing this again!” and “Why do I do this to myself?!” but 10 minutes after the race, I was already thinking about signing up for my next one 🙂
I finished in 1:35 (7:15 avg. pace), so even though it was a few minutes slower than my PR, I was really happy with my time for where I am fitness-wise right now.
Things that worked for me:
-An awesome playlist
-Carb-loading! One of the best parts about running long distances. Two days before and the day before the race, I had French toast, pasta, and lots of other forms of carb-y goodness.
-Drinking tons of water in the days leading up to the race
-The weather. It was 35 degrees at the race start so I wore shorts and a lightweight long sleeve shirt, which ended up being perfect.
-No expectations for myself. I put zero pressure on myself and so it ended up just being FUN! (Don’t let my face in the above pictures fool you.)
My dad ran around the course so he could cheer for me at different parts of the race. He’s amazing!
I’m going to take it easy for a few days, and then I’m thinking about signing up for another half marathon that’s in 3 1/2 weeks! It’s an addiction, I tell ya 🙂
-What’s your perfect racing temperature?
Even though it’s cold at the start, I think about 40 degrees is perfect for me to run the fastest!