Happy Sunday everyone!
I am in a wonderful mood because I completed the Ann Arbor half marathon this morning and earned a new PR- 1:51:35
Now for all you speed demons, obviously my time may not be super impressive but considering my first half ever was a 2:30 (trail run through waist deep mud, no joke), my second and third were at 2:01, and my last was a 1:55:31, I’m excited about the slow but steady progress. The plan is to eventually drop down to 1:45 and maybe even 1:40. Hey, I can dream!
So a quick recap of the race. Initially, I expected warm temperatures so the plan was to run in shorts and compression socks. However, I must have forgotten that this is Michigan, and Mother Nature put a Kibosh on my outfit. Last minute, I decided on Under Armour capris and my cold gear long sleeve UA top. I debated about the shirt for a few days because I tend to overheat in it but considering the 20 degree temps this morning, I figured it was okay. I chose to forgo the gloves and headband which I really regretted at the start line.
Anywho, I ran the two miles from my apartment to the starting line, and it actually didn’t feel too bad… that is until I had to wait in line for the port-a-potty. Holy cow was I cold. I was talking to a woman who was lucky enough to have her husband drop her off (THANKS BOYFRIEND!) so she didn’t have my problem of trying to keep warm while mildly sweaty from the warm-up. Plus she was smart enough to wear gloves. My bad.
The first two miles were through downtown Ann Arbor, and I was cold and cursing myself for not wearing gloves. I scrunched my fists under my long sleeves to prevent frostbite and carried on. This really helped and by mile 3, the sun was out and my hands regained feeling. Happy I didn’t have to carry a pair of gloves for the next 10 miles, I trekked on, positioned with the 8:24 min/mile or 1:50 finish group. I initially started with the 1:55 group but felt confident enough to go faster so I moved on ahead. By mile 5, I thought about speeding up again but decided against it.
I listened to this song from the Divergent soundtrack at least 5 times.
The dubsteppy beat encouraged me to to push faster, especially toward the finish.
The run actually went by pretty fast. At mile 10, my peeps Kyle and Vanessa were cheering me on so I felt a burst of energy and picked up the pace. I was forced to slow down pretty quickly during the climb around the hospital. I expected hills because that’s pretty typical of Ann Arbor but mile 10 caught me off guard. Holy hell did I want to die. That climb slowed down a lot of people, and I was a little worried about whether I had enough energy to get all the way up it. Somehow, I didn’t die.
Usually during races, I drink water or gatorade at every other mile starting at mile 4 but because it was so cold, I didn’t take water until mid mile 9 and even then, I only had a sip. No gatorade this time because I wasn’t sure how my stomach would feel about it.
Once I made it up the hill and to campus, I picked up the pace because I knew the finish line was close. I passed the mile 12 marker and then eventually made it to William Street which is where the finish line was. When Ellie Goulding came on for the fifth time, I knew it was time to push.
Me passing random dude. Thanks for the photography Kyle!
Half marathon #5 complete. Kyle and Vanessa greeted me at the finish line and bless their hearts, they gave me a ride home because I’m not sure my legs could have carried me after those 15 miles.
The plan is to chill in my compressions socks and stretch until boyfriend comes by to foam roll my legs. Overall, I had a great run. Would I have liked to break 1:50? Yes. Am I happy with my time? Very much yes.
A big thank you again to my cheering section. You guys are the best!