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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Race Report: Tom King Half Marathon

I think I will look back on this race as the race that turned the tide for me. This was the race that proved to me, maybe I'm not destined to be slow, out of shape, and fat forever.

There is hope and a maybe a light at the end of the tunnel!

Now, let's not get crazy, I didn't bust out a PR or anything (yeah, I'm not quite to THAT shape just yet). But, I ran a 1:55:28. And... ummm... breaking 2 hours for me right now is HUGE. I mean, HUGE.

Steve came out to run the first 10.5 miles of the race with me and I had assumed I'd run something in the range of 9:15-9:30 pace (If I was lucky). But, we started around 8:30s and towards the end, I slipped off a little (9:11s were my last two miles). In my wildest dreams, I had no idea that I'd get anywhere near 8:49 pace for 13 miles. THANK YOU, STEVE!

And yeah, the pace felt like "racing" pace. But, it didn't feel like AWFUL racing pace.

This has been a HUGE confidence booster for me. I am now properly motivated to continue on the path and get fit and back to racing shape... no matter how long that takes me. It should also be noted that I ran this 1:55 while being about 15-20 pounds heavier than my PR of 1:44. So... yeah, there is that. BUT, (and yes, you've heard it here a lot, folks...) I have mapped out some serious diet changes and have started down that path of goodness, as well.

THINGS ARE HAPPENING, PEOPLE. And all it took was 1:55 Half Marathon.


Gracie said...

Whoa. That is huge. Good job!

Carina said...

Woot! I've got a half on the books for next weekend, so I'm going to try to channel some of your mojo!

Dolly said...

So happy for you!! Keep up the great work!