So I'm typically not very fresh going into this race. I had my race plan for this one. Since it was my 4th week of races of half marathon or longer, I wanted to just "take it easy". I figured that would end up around where Rock N Roll Half had in good running weather 2 weeks earlier, which was a 2:44 finish.
However, it was super hot this April morning of Big D. 72 degrees...at the start. And it just went up from there. In the 80s when I finished. Not a cloud in the sky either. HOT.
I carpooled down with Marcie to the race. We were there plenty early which left us tons of time to gear up, Bodyglide up, sunscreen up, and walk to the start to find friends. A group of us met up at the Gear Check tent.
|From left to right: EW, Dana, Erik, Elaine [kneeling], Michelle, me, Marcie, Lesley, Robin, and Emily.|
Around mile 4 saw my good friend Elizabeth. She's an amazing runner, and you'd never know looking at her that she has 4 children. And this race was the second marathon of her weekend - her first double marathon weekend! She was trying to settle into the uncomfortability of her body, and I'm glad I spent a half mile with her trying to reframe some of the, while not truly negative, less than happy thoughts she was evoking. :-)
Again, just ran comfortable and enjoyed the sights. I was getting tired the last couple miles. It was becoming truly hot out there and the last couple miles are completely unshaded so we took the full brunt of the sun. I kept a slow jog going the whole time and had to have passed over a hundred people in that last 2 miles who were walking it in.
It was very hard not to try to race it in or give a big kick at the end. Even my pride was hurting a little to continue the slow jog through the spectators and into the finish - I wanted a sign that said, "I have more to give but I'm smarter than that." I know I have 16 more weeks of marathon training and tuckering myself out there would have accomplished nothing.
I finished in 2:45:58, which is only a minute slower than Rock N Roll Half 2 weeks before and in temps 30 degrees hotter. And felt about the same afterward, LOL!
I hung out post-race, saw friends, then headed home to do 3 more miles to bring the day's total to 16.19. A few hours later, the family did a 0.6 mile walk with stroller and tricycle and both kids, so brought the day's total to my highest ever of 16.79 miles!
Mile 1: 12:12
Mile 2: 12:37
Mile 3: 11:47
Mile 4: 11:33
Mile 5: 12:29
Mile 6: 12:31
Mile 7: 13:04
Mile 8: 12:57
Mile 9: 12:54
Mile 10: 12:40
Mile 11: 12:48
Mile 12: 13:11
Mile 13: 13:20
Last 0.16: 11:57 pace