This fall he decided to take the plunge and we signed up for the Jenks Half-Marathon. He had some hiccups with his training and only hit an 8 mile long run before race day. He powered through the race and only walked for 1/10th of a mile at around the 11 mile mark. He finished the race in 2:16:35, an average pace of 10:25 per mile! Meaning he finished his first half-marathon at an average pace about 20 seconds per mile faster than his first 5k. That's a lot of improvement in his short running career.
|So proud of my love!|
Going into the race this weekend my goal was to beat my time from the Prairie Fire Half Marathon. That meant I wanted to run under 1:38. At the Prairie Fire I averaged 7:27 pace, so I planned to start out on Saturday around 7:30-7:40 miles and pick up the pace during each quarter of the race. I didn't have specific goals for each quarter of the race other than to run a little bit faster each quarter.
We had been a bit worried it would be super windy because we'd had a red flag warning which meant a high wind day that week. When we walked outside that morning the wind wasn't too bad and was coming from a direction to where only a few sections of the course would run into the wind. The temperature was in the low 50's at the start of the race. Perfect short sleeves and shorts weather. The race was very small with only 362 runners. Some pros of it being a small race: super cheap entry fee ($35), we could arrive later to the race as it wasn't too congested, we parked in the parking lot right next to the race start, and not as many people to weave through at the race start. Some cons: large gaps in runners and not as many people to run with, streets were open to traffic (which wasn't a problem like I thought it would be), very few spectators (the only crowd support was at the start, finish, water stops, and a few cars who happened to drive by and honk or cheer). Overall I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the race. I would definitely run it again.
|Everybody in our race shirts after the race.|
Thomas and I stood next to each other at the start, but couldn't find Jeremy. Thomas took out a little bit faster than I did, I caught up to him, and we ran the first 2 miles together which was nice. The race started out by the high school and ran down the street I drive multiple times a day as it's the way to Carter's daycare from my work. My plan was to run the first quarter of the race in 7:30-7:40 pace. The first mile was a little bit fast at 7:23, but then I eased into a good pace and ran the next 2 miles at 7:35 and 7:32.
During the first 3 miles I had decided my goal for the next quarter was to run somewhere in the 7:25-7:35 range and I'd shoot for a range 5 seconds per mile faster each quarter. I did really well hitting that pace for miles 4 and 5, running 7:33 and 7:23. Then mile 6 there was a very long, although gradual incline and I struggled a bit. The race had really thinned out. I had passed the 2 women I had been catching up to and the closest runner was a man about 10 seconds ahead of me. I went through mile 6 at 7:37, a little bit over pace. At that point I was worried I would struggle to pick the pace up during the 2nd half of the race.
|Carter and Adelynn ready to cheer everyone on!|
I got excited as I started the last quarter, knowing how close I was to the finish and that I was on pace to run a postpartum PR. My goal for miles 10-12 was to hit 7:15-7:25 pace. I felt great during miles 10 and 11 running them in 7:16 and 7:13. A man directing runners where to go informed me I was the 4th overall female. Then we turned down a street with the wind at our face for mile 12 and I struggled. There were 3 men running about 10-15 seconds ahead of me, drafting off each other and I watched them jealously as I battled the wind. I tried to power through it, but I was tired and had no one to run with. Mile 12 was 7:22 and I knew it was time to pick the pace back up.
|I was excited to see my little guy with a little over half a mile left!|
|Starting the lap on the track.|
|Evidence that I did, in fact, stop my watch.|
|Checking out my finish time.|
|All of us with our age group awards, mugs!|
|One of the best things about finishing, Carter snuggles!|
|Sharing my banana with Carter.|
|Carter enjoying Uncie Tommy time.|