I did it! After my sprained ankle and sickness I got very worried on how I would do at this race and although I wanted a good time, my main goal quickly switched to “just finish the damn thing!”
Saturday I woke up early (for this graveyarder) and went tot the expo. It was my friend’s first marathon so I kinda showed her the ropes. As far as expo’s go it wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the worst I’ve been to. I was chatting with my mom, a non-runner, a few days before the race and was explaining to her the whole Rock n Roll deal. I likened it to the McDonald’s of races. All over the country and not the best quality but you know what you’re getting. I’m not the biggest fan. I liked the RnR Vegas only because running down the strip at night was so cool but I don’t think i’ll bother with another RnR.
The half marathon started with the 10K and the gun didn’t go off till 7:50. It felt so late! But it was enough time to drive to our work where we hopped on the light rail instead of trying to find (and pay for) a parking space downtown. We dropped off our gear, went to the porta potties and pinned our bibs and before I knew it the race began. I was in a different corral than my friend so I dropped her off and went to my station (corral 11). Right before I left her she asked if it was a big deal that she didn’t have that plastic band that was on her bib! uh oh! She left her timing chip in her gear bag! Well since this is her first race, she automatically PR’s right? She just kept her time on her phone.
The course is not that beautiful and I never once thought about taking a picture while running. We just run down major city streets in Tempe/Scottsdale/Phoenix. My favorite part was either running by Hole in the Rock (mile 9??) and over the Mill Ave bridge across Tempe Town Lake.
I had a plan for this race and I think I followed it as well as I could! I stayed very positive and just kept repeating my mantras in my head. I made sure I started off slow and didn’t burn out like I did at Long Beach. And I was able to keep a pretty steady/ consistent pace.
The first part really zoomed by and I didn’t start to really get tired till mile 8. And that was only after I told myself “4 miles left… no wait. It’s 5. 5 miles left.” I can’t run and do simple math! Mile 9 went by pretty fast since you double back for most of it and I just kept trying to look for a) my friend and b) the 2:30 pacer. I always just wanted to stay in front of that 2:30 pacer!
By mile 10, I was tired and ready to be done but I pushed on. Then at mile 12 I really wanted to be done!! My plan was to run as fast as I could that last mile and turns out as fast as I could for the first half of it was walking. I picked it up though and once we got to the bridge and knew I had about 0.3 miles left I started to really give it my all. I turned the corner and saw the finish line but I was soooo tired and my legs/hips were done and I wanted to walk so badly but I knew I wouldn’t be proud walking over the finish line so I dug in and kept running. I finally finished at 2:27:19!
Not the goal I had in my head when I signed up for this race, but after everything I am pretty darn proud of myself. It’s a faster time than my last 2 half marathons (Long Beach and Fontana)
Overall, it was a pretty good day. The weather was perfect! There was a chance of rain but that held off but the air was still cold and crisp that made it nice to run in.
My friend finished 5 min faster than her goal time and did really well. She learned real quick how a race can take everything you got. But she’s already signed up for another half in March!
The Phoenix Marathon is 5 weeks away and now for sure, I’m gonna drop down to the half. I don’t know if I’ll ever do a full again but I know I’m not there right now. I’m just going to keep training and go for a PR!