I’m back! After the race we hung around my aunt and uncle’s house where my dad and I were staying. We had nice little family get together in the evening and it was nice to see cousin’s, aunts and uncles I don’t get to see that much. The majority of yesterday was spent in the car, my dad driving and I cruising through the 50 Shades Trilogy. I finished the second book on the way to Rochester and am almost done with the third book, I don’t know what I am going to do with myself when it is over!
I suppose you may want to here about the race!?
My morning started around 5:34 to be exact, got changed and ate my usual pre race fuel of over night oats with a banana added in the morning. We got to the race shortly after 6 am and hung out inside the arena to stay warm before the race, it was 31 degrees at the start of the race, a lot different from 2 weeks ago!
At the start of the race they has signs starting with the first finishing time being 1:30, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00 and so on so you could start with that group in hopes to stay with that group all the way to the finish. I placed myself between 1:45 and 1:50 in hopes to finish somewhere in between those to time, I really wanted to run faster than 2 weeks ago.
The race started promptly at 7:30 and I was close enough to the front that there was no starting and stopping which was great. I felt really strong from the beginning but didn’t want to make the same mistake as last time so I payed close attention to my time, I hit mile 1 around 7:30 and decided I should ease up a little and allowed myself to go to 8:00, but mile 2 and 3 were ran around a 7:30 pace, after that I kept it at 8:00 and had a few around 8:30. I LOVED THIS COURSE. The course was flat, it was amazing, until around mile 7 when there was a small cobblestone hill, I was cursing the person who decided that was a good idea. It led us into a cemetery and we ran through the cemetery for what seemed like ages! There were a few hills in there but nothing too horrible.
Once I left the cemetery I had about 3 miles to go and a decent amount of energy. Around mile 11 I could feel my IT band hurting and I was struggling mentally. But I ignored my pain and eventually forgot it. Around mile 12 I was feeling awesome, there was a guy next to me that we kept going back and forth, right before 12.5 he seemed to gain some head way on me, luckily I had a lot of energy quickly found Big Sean Dance and took off past the guy and pretty much sprinted to the end which felt like an eternity to get to.
I finished at 1:48:33 and was sooo happy to have taken 6 minutes off my time from 2 weeks ago, I knew I wanted to take off time but I never thought it would have been that much! I came in 34th in my age group, I believe it was out of 175 people.
My dad and uncle did awesome, this was my dad’s 5th half marathon and my uncle’s first and they both did awesome!
Post race happy faces:
Rochester I will be back next year
What did you do this weekend?