Well another weekend over.
On Saturday I ran my 4th half marathon and 2nd of this year. I ran it with my running buddy who is a speed demon and is running the Hartford Marathon in 2 weeks.
The race took place in Colebrook CT, aka a place we were unfamiliar with. The area reminded us of the country side.
The race was supposed to start at 9am, but they waited about 15 minutes to let people finish visiting the port-o-potties. Jamie and I lined up right at front. The race was an out and back sort of course. The race started on a decline, for a good 3-4 miles until it was flat for a bit.
I wish I could take pictures while I run because the scenery was beautiful!! The trees were so pretty and we ran along a river for a while.
I felt so good and soo strong during this race. I unfortunately had to stop and tie my shoe before I reached mile 1, but it didn’t slow me down and I clocked my first mile in around 6:08. I saw that and new I needed to slow it down a bit, going down hill always makes me cruise right along. For the rest of the race I tried to keep my miles between 7-8 minutes. Around mile 4 I had to stop and tie my other shoe (note to self: tie shoes in a double knot next time).
Random observation: I ran past a house who had 3 goats and a dog hanging out in the front yard.
My IT band started to bother me around mile 10, which has been the theme lately but I was determined to finish strong. Until I hit mile 11 and realized I was going up a hill, the hill continues for about a mile and a half and I cursed the person who made this course the entire way up. I thought I had it in me to make it to the finish around 1:42/1:43 but that hill really did a number on me!
I ended up coming in with a 1:46:28 and I didn’t realize it was a pr until I was writing this post and looked back on my past races to find my fastest time was a 1:48:33. My average pace was 8:07 and I came in 72 out of 384.
My friend Jamie came in first in our age group and I came in 3rd!
All and all I enjoyed the race until the end. Mostly because I felt really good, the weather was so nice, there were a few moments in the race when I strongly regretted wearing a long sleeve shirt. I am glad I did the race but given that hill at the end, I am not sure I would do it again.
Did you race this weekend?
Do you prefer to run down a hill or up a hill?
Down hill for sure!
Did you spend time outside this weekend?
DID YOU WATCH BREAKING BAD!?