Today I am grateful for having broken my personal record at the Sunshine State West Palm Beach 1/2 Marathon without injury. As you may remember, I have set a goal to beat my race times by one minute each race this season. I have surprised myself by actually beating my PRs by 2 minutes for the past two races. Today, I beat my last race time of 2:10:31 by 2m 31sec. I passed the finish line as the race clock ticked at exactly 2:08:00.
I am so incredibly proud of myself and, to be honest, have never been more emotional at a race… Not even my Full in 2009. I prayed last night, and throughout the race, that the muscle in the back of my left thigh wouldn’t seize up on me as it did last March during the Coral Springs 1/2 that I ran with my sister. It was very painful and forced me to hobble past the finish and take about a month off of running afterwards.
This past week, the same muscle has been tight and achey and I have been panicking to myself about it because I have been training so hard and looking forward so much to possibly getting a personal record at this race. It started to get a little sore and tight around mile 8 but I decided that “I’m not going to think, I’m not going to feel, I’m just going to fricken’ do it” … And I did! 🙂