I ran the Patriot Half Marathon on May 28, 2012, in Rockwall, Texas. It was my first half, I think it went very well (I have nothing to compare it to). I was really nervous about the training but it went smoothly, and injury free! I did a 10 week program, when I started I had completed two 5k’s and one 10k, so I had good base mileage. I was/am a newbie runner!
Since the race was in my backyard, my friend and I trained on the route, we knew it backwards and forwards and I can pretty much tell you where each mile is. We decided to leave a cooler with our Gatorade at mile 7. We had our hydration belts and knew when we would need a refill. (Yes, I’m OCD!) I needed this planned to the last detail!
We decided to start the race with the 2:20 pace group, started out really well, weather cooperated, a little cloudy with a breeze. It could have been so much worse. Hit the 10k mark at about an hour, which is slower than my 10k race was in February, but I knew I was needing to make it another 7 miles.
We lost the pace group when we stopped at mile 7 for refills and stretching. The hill coming up to mile 8 was killer. I had practiced it for weeks but it was brutal! Mile 9-10 was hard as well. I had a friend with the cycling team and he paced me to about mile 11, which was up a hill, that helped tremendously. I did threaten to steal his bike at one point!
Once I hit mile 12 I saw the 2:20 pace group and ran like crazy to catch up to them, then slowed down a bit. I was able to pass them and finish in 2:19:40. I’m very pleased with that! My goal is to knock a few minutes off my time for the next half in October. I am already signed up for the 2013 Patriot.
I didn’t realize how emotional I would be crossing that finish line. It was that high that everyone talks about, but you can’t understand it until you get there.
Pre-race with Alisha, my BFF and training partner for this race. It was a first half for both of us.
My daughter, Ally, ran the 5k. It was a benefit race for a family in Rockwall. She came in 1st place in her age group. I am so very proud of her!