This morning I headed out to mile marker 8 of the Thunder Road Half marathon to cheer on a couple of my friends. My original thoughts were to run for a couple of miles and head back to the car.
But once I was out there running, and trying to be as encouraging as possible, it dawned on me that maybe I could last just a little bit longer. After-all, my friend Shannon mentioned that miles 10-13 would be the hardest for her.
So I pressed on, updating her when needed on her current pace (she wasn't running with a watch or anything). At mile 11 I wished her luck and told her to keep it going. And she did ... she finished 3 minutes faster than her original goal time of 2:15 hours.
Sometimes the best part of a race isn't so much the actual running ... it's the pacing, the cheering, and the supporting those runners around you. Especially the ones that you're friends with :)
my mile splits:
mile 1 - 9:48
mile 2 - 9:56
mile 3 - 10:17
mile 4 - 9:23 (split off around 3.6 miles)
mile 5 - 8:28
mile 6 - 8:23
I may not have run the entire half marathon this morning, but I did sneak in my own quarter marathon.