On Sunday I completed my second half marathon, The Rt 66 half. The weather predictions were all over the place in the week leading up to the race. I had not ran in 4 weeks due to an injury from the last run.. On Monday of last week, I wasn't even sure that I would be able to walk the entire 13.1 miles. I got a couple of sessions in with my massause on Tuesday and Thursday. She was able to work the muscles enough to provider some relief. I did a couple of two mile runs with little pain last week.
I ran a total of 4 miles in November. I was so under-trained for this half. There was a lot of people coming in from out of town that I wanted to run with. I was relieved that I would be able to run, but not looking forward to the freezing weather.
At mile 10 I met a 67 year old lady that was doing the marathon. She had run another marathon the day before. This was her second marathon in two days. Seriously, amazing! She was such a joy for the entire crowd around me. She said "never underestimate yourself. There's no limit to what your body is capable of." She was just want I need to help push me to the finish line. I picked up my pace and started running again. As much as my heart wanted to run, my body could not keep up. My hips and quads starting aching and screaming for me to slow down. The last mile of the course was mostly uphill and the marathoners started to split from the half marathoners. I knew the finish line was close. I crossed the finish line with a time of 3:06. I got my medal and tried to get warm, which was impossible.
I made it back to the finish line just in time to see my husband finish his second full marathon. He finished under his goal of 4 hours. He finished in 3:51. He amazes me. I yelled at him and waved and he was smiling from ear to ear. His strength amazes me. He is one of the most determined people that I know. I am so proud of him!!! He had frost of the top of his hat. His sweat had soaked his stocking hat and it was so cold that the sweat had turned to frost. Brrrrr!
The course overall is great. It changed just a little from last year. You have several miles of hills and then a few miles of flat road and then more hills. The course had water stops every 2-3 miles. There was live music and a lot of people that live on the course stood outside, in the freezing weather, to cheer us on. I would have liked to have seen a few more porta potties. There were long lines at all of the porta potties. This is the only half that I have ever participated in, so I am not sure if that is normal or not. I just hate the thought of wasting 10-15 minutes waiting on the bathroom.
I really wanted to beat my time from last year and and come in under 3 hours. I didn't accomplish either of these goals. In the end, I am really grateful that I was able to start and finish.
|Warming up with coffee after the race!|
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