Well I ran my second 1/2 marathon this weekend. Much lower key than the last (and only other) one. Biggest reason is that I got to decide the start time and I had no crowds to cheer me on. I slept in and ran when I was ready. Which felt great. I had printed out my bib with my number #0134 the night before. I finally got myself up out of bed and ready to run around 10:00am. I hadn't really decided on a route yet....that is the beauty of the Garmin 305. Freedom to run where ever I want until the display says 13.1 miles. SMILE The long route that I have previously run was closed because of a bridge repair. I set out the only other direction out of town that doesn't involve a major highway. Run felt really good. I tried to record something to send in but without prior practicing...it went badly. In other words...no recording. But I did figure it out when I got back...so maybe a recording on my next long run????? Who knows??
I headed out of town and decided that I needed to do half of my mileage going away from my house so that I couldn't be tempted to stop early. This plan worked out well. I ran past fields of soybean and cotton...also horses. Very nice day...felt good on the way out. One thing I didn't realize is that I was running with the wind so on the way back I had to work against it. Good thing is that the wind helped to cool me down.
I finished my 13.1 miles in 2:24:36. It wasn't a PR but I was really happy. The previous weekend I had run a 5K and gotten a PR. My mileage in the past two weeks had not been at the level that I wanted but I had gotten up to 10 miles on my long run. Now that I have no races in the near future I can concentrate on running for fun. Plus this is getting to be the best time for running because it is cooling down for Fall...yea!
I really enjoyed being part of the World Wide Half Marathon. I had run other virtual races on Sparkpeople.com but there wasn't so much cool stuff involved...like the race bib, goody bag and Phedips podcast with shoutouts. I waited to listen to Phedips "Cheers from a little blue bubble"podcast until my last hour of my run. I was so excited to hear my call in and to hear people cheering me on by name....it really helped me in my run. I greatly appreciated it.
I am going to take a break from running for the rest of the weekend and start again strong on Monday.
Congratulations to all the other runners in the World Wide Festivals of Races.