Monday, November 4, 2013

Rocktoberfest Half Marathon recap

holy moley this is my 5th post so far this month!  

a little overdue but I wanted to write out my feelings from the Rocktoberfest Half Marathon that I ran on October 12th.

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I definitely think that I was ready for this race; I had put in the miles and the training leading up to it.

There was just something about running a race without anyone waiting for you or cheering you on that kind of leaves you feeling meh.  I had picked this race knowing that my parents would be in town to watch Mason for me while Ryan had groomsmen things to attend to before Brandon and Lori's wedding that same night. So it wasn't much of a surprise to me that I would be alone.  

The race started off near our old neighborhood and even ran down our old street!  I tried to keep an 8:00 min/mile pace but around mile 8 (that's when the hills started really kicking) I found myself taking walking breaks.  I was super bummed since I had thoughts of running a 1:45 hour half marathon and knew that I would never hit that time with so many breaks.

I managed to finish the race in 1:51:19.  
  • 5th in my age group
  • 33rd out of 266 women
  • 123rd out of 493 runners
  • 8:30 min/mile pace
  • I missed 3rd place in my age group by 3 minutes
I'm proud of myself for running 6 minutes faster than my previous half marathon but know deep down there is a faster half marathon time out there for me.  I can honestly say I will probably NEVER run a half marathon in Charlotte again ... too hilly.  But hopefully I can run another half marathon in a cool city ... thoughts Katie? :)

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