Wow, what a fabulous race and of course cause! SGK really knows how to put on a race! I am very impressed with the organization, support, booths, goodies…everything. They also post the race results right after the race. Way to go SGK!!!
I woke up bright & early and felt great about this race today! I was so excited I danced with my dogs and they offered their support. Haha!
I pre-registered so I got there a little early to pick up my packet. I could feel the positive energy overflowing as I waited for my sister & niece to cheer me on. It was so contagious! It felt great being surrounded by so many positive people working to find a cure!
I lined up with just a few minutes to spare and just like that, we were off at 8:00am sharp.
Last night I was thinking about how I wanted to handle this race. Just have fun, set a new P.R, etc… I decided, why not set a new P.R? But make it reasonable since I doing my first half marathon in 2 weeks.
My current P.R was 26:00, I figured I’d stay around an 8:15-8:20 minute pace per mile and still be able to meet my goal.
I was off to a bit of a slow start because of the crowd, but was able to pick up my pace about .25 mile out. I looked down at my Garmin and I was in the 7:40ish range and I thought oh man, that’s way too fast, I need to slow down before I burn out. But I just couldn’t do it. So instead of arguing with myself (please tell me I’m not alone on this one lol) I just went with the flow. I’ve put in a lot of time & effort training and I’m going to do my best today and trust my training to carry me through. What a great decision! I never knew I had it in me.
*On a side note, I really prefer endurance over speed, that’s what I train for.
Here’s my stats according to my Garmin:
Mile 1 8:09
Mile 2 8:05
Mile 3 8:00
Official time: 24:53
Yay for negative splits!!!
I came in 8 out of 49 in my age group and 198 overall. (I’m not sure how many people there were total, but I’ll update it here when I get that figure.)
This is why I train. Why I run. Why I race. I am always challenged and can do better than before.
My time for this race last year was 28:21. I wonder what next years will be.
Did you run today? This weekend? How did you do?
I’ll leave you with my quote of the day, never settle!