So I went into the race knowing I'd push myself and embrace the discomfort. I also kept in mind a question recently posed by Kristina over at Blog About Running. Some studies suggest that starting slow is best, while others say that starting fast will win you a faster over-all time, even if you slow down in the end.
|Pre-race: the crazed look just comes naturally. I wore the BondiBand to keep my ears warm. It worked!|
|The full moon was still high and bright when we began, but of course you can't really see it in the pic.|
|Meg and I ran into Rachel, another teacher at our school who was running her FIRST HALF EVER today. So exciting!|
|Excited to get going!|
|Meg left me in the dust not long after this picture was taken. Speedy!|
|I decided to gun it in the beginning and see where it got me.|
In the past, feeling tired this early would have completely shut me down. I would have walked, felt stupid for taking an unplanned walk break so early, and thrown the rest of the race. But my mind is a better friend these days, and I refused to listen to any kind of negative self-talk.
|Pretty much every photo I took was wobbly or sideways, so here are some pictures from the race's website.|
|Another from the website.|
|The ONLY passable picture I took during the race.|
|A change in tunes helped me get back on a steady pace. From this point on, the positive splits show where I ate/drank.|
|Mile 7, still happy!|
|My splits are all over the place, but I couldn't be happier!|
|8/20 AG, 184/351 OA, chip time 2:11:38!|
|Finally at the finish!|
I cried a little after I crossed the finish line. I was just so happy to finally have broken that PR.
|The Tiger Tail: my new favorite torture device EVER.|
|All smiles with our shiny new PR's!|
And yes, this was my first race of my new age, the race I ran in honor of my birthday, and I couldn't have asked for better. Best. birthday present. EVER.