I still can’t believe I did it! Not only did I meet my goal of doing a 1/2 marathon in under two hours, I improved my personal best by over 6 minutes!! My official time was 1:56:41 and I placed 8th in my age group. Not bad for a girl who used to run a half marathon in 2:30:00!
When I first started the race, my Gamin decided it was going to choose that specific moment to not work appropriately. Rather than panic, I kept running at what I thought was a decent pace and turned it off then back on about 3 times. Finally, just as I approached the first mile marker, it started giving me a reading that looked like it could be accurate, 9:30 pace, so I left it alone and hoped for the best.
The weather could not have been better. It was in the 50’s in South Florida which was a rare treat. I attribute a lot of my success to how cool it was and how little fatigue I felt as I ran. Another bonus was that the majority of the race went through areas that I frequent when I’m training. Being familiar with the route gave me the edge to really push when I knew I was close to the finish.
All in all it was a great morning and I couldn’t be prouder. What’s next?! What should my new goal be?! I’m shooting to break 1:50:00 by the end of this season. Lets see if I can do it!