I FINISHED THE HALF-MARATHON!!!
Wow, I can’t even believe I can write that. It wasn’t easy, I almost died and it was snowing. At times, it was like a f*cking blizzard.
Steph and I arrived at the race location at about 7:15 am or so. There was no snow at that point, but Steph had tons of snow at her house when she left for the race so we were a bit concerned the snow was heading toward the race.
We checked in, picked up our shirts and got ready for the race. G likes to play like he’s a big bad ass so he immediately put my race shirt on…
And uploaded his picture to Facebook. He also wanted to take pictures with us too so that was nice of him.
Before we knew it, it was time to go outside and line up for the start.
It was cold, but there was no snow on the ground…yet.
It started snowing about 1 mile into the race. Just small flakes, but that changed rather quickly. And pretty soon, we were running through this:
And the ground was pretty slick. Not too bad, but there were multiple times when I almost slipped. I found that it was better to run on the fresh snow than the ground, but even that was a little unstable.
The first 10.5 miles were pretty good. I think we were running at about a 10:30 pace, which I was happy with considering the weather. And then I hit the wall.
I told Steph I couldn’t run anymore. My legs were done. My lungs were fine, but my legs did not want to move. I slowed my jog to about a 13-14 minute pace. And even that felt awful. It took me about 32 minutes to run the last 2.5 miles. Brutal.
BUT I FINISHED!!!
And I didn’t die! We got our medals, took some pictures and got the hell out of there! It was so cold, I didn’t even realize how cold I was until I was in the car trying to unthaw.
Overall, it was good race and I finished in 2h 24m 19s…about an 11:02 pace. Totally, totally happy with that!
While I never want to run a half-marathon again, I would go back and do the 10k in a heart beat. It was a flat course and I’d never thought I’d be so happy to see the 10k turn around. Maybe next year.
And now I can cross that off my bucket list! Incredible.