I hereby declare 2014 the Year of Learning to Look at Things From a New Perspective! Case in point, today’s seemingly dismal half marathon: Time-wise, it was a big time Personal Worst at a road half, by something like 20 minutes. So you might think I’d be all disappointed or pissed, but the reality is that I had a really terrific day and honestly felt like I accomplished something I wasn’t sure I could. Yay me!
Let me rewind a little to the last few days, where I have been sicker than sick with terrible allergies. We’re talking about a head full of snot and wheezy, hacky lungs. Not pretty, and definitely not conducive to good running. I pulled the plug on a planned 6-miler before I even crossed the street yesterday morning, it was that bad. So, I readjusted my already lowered standards and just hoped I’d be able to walk the half at a decent hustle.
I got a pretty good night’s sleep and was up at the crack of night to drink coffee, eat oatmeal, make my post-race shake and attend my all-important “morning meeting.” I got dressed in an outfit just a tiny bit too warm for the weather if I was running, but that I hoped wouldn’t be too cold if I was walking. It was hard to judge, really.
We were on the road by 5:15 (race start was 7 am, and Modesto is about an hour away) and cruised right into some easy parking and no porto-potty lines. Score!
|You can see on my face that I’m a little apprehensive about the day.|
|Off like a herd of turtles! That’s me right of center in the socks and skirt.|
|Happy to say that I survived this summit not once but TWICE on this course!|
|I earned this. Official finishing time was 2:42:05, 893rd out of about 1400 participants.|
|We worked extra hard for these medals today!|
|Another medal for the rack o’ bling!|
|Read it carefully. I guess there’s no spell-check on the engraving machine – oops!!|