Pic from How My World Runs
It was freezing cold (yes 33 degrees is freezing to this Texan! haha) and I was hoping it wouldn't warm up too much because I run so much better in the cold. I ended up wearing my jacket the whole time and was completely comfortable! We had a wind advisory in affect and I think the wind made it even cooler. This was also my first time to run with my new haircut and with my hair down! Didn't bother me at all! Short hair for the win! :)
I was in the very last Corral to start.
Yes, I know I'm slow. Get Over it!<---Saw that saying on several shirts throughout the race!
Looks like I need one! haha :)
Then as I got closer to that skyline, I saw what was ahead...
Can you see it far in the distance? The street going UP!
Yeah the hill from H-E-Double Hockey Stick!
I swear, it seemed to go on forever.
It was probably only a quarter mile or so, but to someone with a hurt hip who had just run more of 9 miles than she had ever done, it was about 4 miles long! HA!
This was the view at the top and it was a really pretty building!
I was so happy to see it up close!
Then we turned the corner and had to go up another small hill.
Yeah, there were a few rolling hills.
I took pride in the fact that I ran (not walked) all of the hills up until Mile 9!
I also took advantage of every single downhill and didn't walk those either!
After Mile 9 though, my hip was done. It did not want to move anymore.
I did one of those try to jog, then walk, then try to jog things all the way to the finish line.
I did get to see more pretty views of Downtown Fort Worth though!
And I was super happy to see this downhill around mile 11 or so...
I did take advantage of this one and jogged the whole way down!
After this downhill and around mile 12, there was this looooong bridge we had to go across.
We were all tried and there was no spectator support to push us through.
It was a pretty long bridge too for someone who was so close to the finish line and yet, so far away!
At mile 12.5 we had yet another uphill towards the finish line.
That was juts plain mean of them! HaHa
I saw my BRF and fellow MRTT momma (who was unable to run due to a hurt knee) and she sai she would see me at the finish line! :)
When I turned that final corner and saw that finish line, I tried to run as hard as my hurt hip and tired body would let me! I actually looked up and saw 3:36 on the timer and my heart broke a little. Then I realized I had started way after the gun went off and perked up a bit! And ran harder!
The silly person that I am, I had signed up for race day text messages for myself!
So I actually knew what my splits were and my finish time right after I finished!
I was actually glad I did, because when I saw my 5K split, I was ecstatic! That really helped me to push even more and make myself want to actually make that time!
My 10K split was a little worse, but still good for me!
At the Mile 11 Split, I realized I was not getting my 3 hour time, but I still thought I could beat 3:20 which was the goal I had set for myself!
Here are my Splits:
*5K Split : 41:47 : Pace 13:27: Estimated Finish Time of 2:56:15
*10K Split: 1:29:44: Pace: 14:26: Est Finish Time: 3:09:18
*Mile 11 Split: 2:42:12: Pace: 14:45: Est Finish Time: 3:13:18
That may seem soooo slow to some, but for me, I was super proud!
I finished a real half marathon!
If you could have only seen the JOY on my face!
I was so excited!
My route on Nike +!
Yes, apparently I ran a little over 13.1 according to Nike +! :)
Over all, this was such a good course!
I am already thinking about running it again next year!
I would love to see if I can beat this time and conquer that 9 Mile Hill of Death while running!
I think this was a great first Half for me and it did exactly what everyone said your first half would do.
It makes you want to do it again! Soon! :)
Thank goodness I already have another one lined up March 24th!
My Cowtown Bling!!!
Can I wear it everywhere I go for the next month? Please?! :)
All of the awesome shirts I got!
They were giving these stickers away at the expo!
I love it! I plan on turning it into a magnet for my fridge! :)
And the most amazing hot pink finisher shirt ever!
It's so cute and I can't wait to wear it on my runs! :)
Or when running errands. :)
Or everywhere! lol :)
Well, there you have it! My first half marathon and the beginning of the rest of my life!
That's how I feel!
I'm still in awe that me, Sarah, the non sporty band nerd, has completed a half marathon!
This is the new me!
The Half Marathon Finisher Sarah!! :)