This morning I ran the Evansville Half Marathon. If you remember when I finished last year, I said that I wasn't sure if I would ever do one again. Well..I think it's like when you have a baby...you're designed to forget all the pain and misery and want to do it again haha.
Last year I ran it dealing with plantar fasciitis and it was all I could do to finish. Even though I had several mishaps this year, it was still so much better. I started out with my friend who runs faster than I do with the intention of staying with her as long as possible and I made it about a mile before she got ahead of me.
Mile 1: 11:48
Mile 2: 15:24
Mile 3: 14:19
Unfortunately I ran the first mile way too fast and wound up with horrible leg cramps and walked most of mile two. I was terrified that they weren't going to go away and there was no way I was going to continue on for 11 more miles. Luckily by the time I got through mile three they had worked themselves out.
Mile 4: 13:35
Mile 5: 13:53
Mile 6: 12:58
Mid-race I felt so much better and was cruising along. Right around mile 6 I had to pee and knew there were bathrooms at the park we were coming up on and figured that there would be bathrooms before then so I went right past the ones near mile 6. Except that there weren't. Ooops!
Mile 7: 13:17:
Mile 8: 14:12
Mile 9: 13:53
Right before mile 8 was the bathroom I was thinking of but I had to wait for a lady that ran up right in front of me. She didn't come out and didn't come out so I said screw it and kept going. Luckily right after mile 8 there were more bathrooms and a water stop right before we got on the greenway. Yes!
Mile 10: 13:34
Mile 11: 12:57
Mile 12: 14:09
When I got on the greenway I looked at my watch and saw that I had 4.5 miles to go and about an hour until I hit three hours. I have done that in under an hour before so I was booking it because I knew it would be close. I had started out with the 2:45 pacer and lost them and got passed by the 3 hour pacer when I had to walk mile 2. They were doing a run/walk and I had been hearing the whistle for awhile but hadn't caught sight of them yet. I finally caught sight of them around mile 10 and between miles 11 and 12 I caught up to them, sort of. I would catch them while they were doing their walk but would lose them when they started running. I was trying to get ahead of them but I just didn't have anything left.
Mile 13: 13:45
When we rounded the corner downtown and I could see the finish, I was so mad. I thought it was parallel with the start, but it wasn't. I had to run 4-5 blocks past the start. I was so close yet it seemed like it would never end. I finished in 3:01:09, exactly a minute after the pace team leader. I had hoped to finish in under three hours and I was so close. If I want to be totally honest, I am a little disappointed, but overall I'm happy with my time. I shaved 16 minutes off my time from last year and considering how crappy I have felt this week due to a nasty cold I feel I did pretty good. I know that if I didn't have the leg cramps and have to wait for the bathroom I totally would've made it.
Three weeks til I do this all over again!