And, I had a “holy shit!” moment when I saw them.
I should preface this by saying that my goal was 2hrs. I knew that was probably unrealistic. I live on the bluff overlooking the river and city – so I don’t have any comparable hills to train on in the neighborhood. So, I knew the 3-4 miles of hills between miles 5-9 were going to kill me. I figured if I could keep my overall pace at about 10 minutes, I would be good. And, it would be realistic. The 2 hour mark was me deciding if I could do 10 miles in about 90 minutes, I should be able to add another 3miles in 30 minutes. When you’re running 10 miles, your brain has to do something – mine does math.
I thought, in my haze at the end of the race, that I crossed at 2hrs 10 minutes putting my pace right at about 10 minutes per mile. Yes, that was a haze.
Here’s how I did:
My official chip time: 2 hrs 4 minutes — average time per mile 9:28
Gun time was 2hrs 6 minutes roughly
Overall, I finished 747 out of 1539 runners.
In my age bracket: 62 out of 154
Out of the women: 375 out of 991
To give you a contrast, my friend’s time was 2 hrs 25 minutes – and he finished 1224 out of 1539!
This really makes me want to do that flat half-marathon next summer. Yes, you know you live in a place with lots of hills when they actually have a race called the “flat half-marathon”. I would really love to know what my true splits were.
I may or may not have mentioned on my blog that I hurt my foot at some point during the middle/end of the race. I went in to the chiropractor to get adjusted, and after looking at where my pain was, he said it is the start of a case of plantar fasciitis. Based on when it started hurting during the race, I knew it was related to the hill. Between the surface and the bad arch in that foot, I think his diagnosis makes the most sense. He gave my orthotics which had come in four days before the race – and I immediately felt better.
That made me feel a LOT better given a running blogger I read had recently gotten a stress fracture in his foot from his distance running. But, he’s crazier than I am – he runs ultra marathons!
But then again, I think I am crazy because I want to do a few more of these….I have been bitten by the bug….again!