This would best be described as it was the best of halfs, it was the worst of halfs. Originally this was scheduled for another weekend, and not the weekend directly after San Fran. But I have done halfs on back to back weekends so I thought I might as well go for it.
I can’t tell you about the expo because I did not make it. My plan, had been to make for the last little bit but my plane was late. Fortunately, there was an option to have your packet mailed to you, which I chose, because you never know…
I stayed at the host hotel and was able to take the shuttle over to the race site. Because I have time issues, I got there super early and was able to watch the sun come up. Wow, what a sight!
Finally it was go time!
I started out fast (as usual) but was able to keep it up. This was the start of the good half. So good, that I thought about switching to the 10K and getting a real PR!
The course was along the Lakeshore Trail, which meant there were users, but I think we were all able to share fairly well. Lake Michigan was within sight for the most of the course and absolutely gorgeous. I love running by water! Water also meant a nice breeze as it was getting warm, but the breeze tempered it.
I passed the 10K turn off, still determined to do the half and still feeling pretty good. That feeling would not last long.
I don’t know if it was the heat (it wasn’t ridiculously hot – maybe low 70’s), the lack of sleep from the week before, or that it just wasn’t my day. I don’t know that I’ve ever hit the proverbial wall before but I’m pretty sure I hit it yesterday. I shuffled along, one foot after the other, repeating all the positive mantras I could think of.
The field had significantly thinned out and at times I couldn’t anyone in front of me from the race. It was probably the most painful last half of a race that I have ever had. Or that I can remember.
I was so happy when I finally saw the last curve, followed by the 13 mile sign and the volunteer waving us into the finish chute.
My time? After all that, I bet you are wondering about my time. I was too – as always my baseline goal is to finish, and my next level is to finish in under 3 hours. I finished, always a good thing and I finished in 3:00.14 – not quite under, but not quite over. I’ll take that!