Saturday was the Heroes on Hines, a half marathon to benefit the First Responders memorial on Hines Drive at Haggerty in Plymouth. For me, it was fall race #1, with the goal of finishing under 2:20.
Thankfully by the time I parked, it had largely dissipated to a mist then to 98% humidity. Whether the rain continued or not, I knew I was going to be wet the whole time, so I left my camera in the car.
|Shirt, medal, number|
|Back of the shirt - names from the Memorial|
Headed to the start line and met Stephanie, another blogger from my home town. She wound up winning 2nd place in our age group :D
The race started and I went out a little fast, but it felt good. I know this is a bad idea, but it wasn't too disastrous today. We did a mini out and back on Hines, then went through a small neighborhood, then back to Hines for a longer out and back. Not a great course, but it was traffic free. Unfortunately it was also largely people free, and it was on the hilly end of Hines.
I really wanted to break 2:20. I've had two splits under 2:20, but both my half races were slower than that. My pace was good - mostly 10s and low 11s, and I didn't have any excessively slow miles. More importantly, I felt STRONG!!! Even better, there was NO PAIN!!!! Well, the normal exhaustion and run pain, but no pain of something being wrong. I had taken 2 Salsalate at home and packed a baggie of more Salsalate and acetaminophen in my pocket because my ankle has been hurting as soon as I hit 60 minutes of every run, but I never had to hit the supply.
Volunteers distributed Gu at three different points. I don't normally use any during a half, but I always took one, tucking it in my pocket for future marathons. At $1.25 each, I need to take all the "free" ones I'm offered :)
|Mile 13. I think there were more on the right side later.|
I hit mile 11 just around 2:00 and I knew I'd have to book it to finish under 2:20. I didn't want to get so close and fail yet another time. I ran a 9:38 for the final mile, then at the very end, the last 0.1 was lined with fire trucks, police cars and ambulances, and I coasted through that at a 7:48 pace.
By my watch I finished in 2:19:51. YES!!!!!!! The big finish line clock turned to 2:20 just as I finished and I knew I wasn't right at the start line, so my official time should should should have been just under 2:20. I got home and even before I showered, I looked up my official time: 2:19:53.4 YAY!!!!!!!!!!! (Average pace was 10:40)
Despite the weather, it was a really good race and it gave me a ton of confidence for my full marathons. I was a little leery of my training, between my ankle and downgrading both of my 20-milers, but I felt great today. Well, my knees were a little wobbly and my calves a little rubbery at the end, but I was running a 7:48 pace after 13 miles!!!
The medal is great. It's 95% of the reason I did the race. It's 2-sided and heavy!! I love every single one of my marathon medals, but this half one is aesthetically and constructionally better than some of those.
Happy happy happy!!!
|Medal back. 2-sided medals rule!!|
|My time splits, per baby Carmen|