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I kicked Asphalt! PR 1:48:35 Half Marathon

Monday, October 01, 2012

Have you ever far surpassed your own expectations even though you had no intention of doing so? That rarely happens to me. I always have high expectations no matter how hard I try to counterbalance it with large doses of realism.

I am a late in life runner. I started running at 43. I HATED Running until I did Couch to 5k in August 2011. I ran my first 5k exactly 1 year ago today! I think my time was like 29 minutes. I caught the fever. I ran my first Half Marathon 6 months later in Feb 2012 in wintery coastal New Hampshire (bragging rights for winter running in New England!). I ran a very disappointing 2:02 since my goal was under 2 hours.

I haven't entered a race since, until a month ago when I thought I would do the Half at The Hamptons for the second time. It was a rainy day in the low 50s. Other than my mascara running into my eyes and stinging them and the wet sneakers, it was ideal conditions. I sweat profusely so the rain was a welcome change!

After my first half I was chatting with a more experienced runner who said, "Now that you ran your first half, and know you can do it, you won't need to hold back next time". And boy, was she sure right! The first half was about completion...Can I actually run all 13.1 miles. This time I knew I could finish. I run 10-12 miles 3 times a week on a treadmill. I have only ran outside once in 6 months.

The difference is that a treadmill is "set and go". I can be lazy. I can set it at 5.5 or 6 and coast along for 12 miles happy as a clam. In a race, the energy of the other people and passing and being passed is total motivation to push past what I think I can do to what I can actually do.

I went with every burst of energy I had. I killed the hills like I was storming Normandy. I made my breaks and passed people and was sometimes embarrassed later when they would pass me by. The turtle and the hare. I was passed by many runners stronger than me. Running reinforces perseverance, commitment to a goal, dedication and humility.

I had no idea how I would do as I was not really training on my speed only maintaining my commitment to distance runs 3 times a week. Not to train, but for the love of running. Three 10-12 mile work outs per week is just the new norm.

My stats for the race are as follows:
1:48:35
8:18 minute mile average
7.2 on the treadmill equivalent for 13 miles!
23 out of 305 40-49 year old women
in the top 7.5%

In February I ran the same course at 2:02 and was in the top 50% in my division. I shaved 14 minutes off of my time. I can't believe how much I improved in 6 months with absolutely no trying! How is that even possible?? Great life lesson though...keep doing what is good and progressing forward and the results will amaze you!

Runners are high on life and I proud to call my self a runner...and I have the boobs to prove it!
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  • MOMWANTSNOWAIST
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Excellent job on improving your time! Bragging rights belong to you! emoticon
    1385 days ago
  • SEAWILLOW
    Way to go! You are succeeding! Keep up the great work!
    2793 days ago
  • DETERMINEDJANET
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    2793 days ago
  • CHEPRBYTHEDOZN
    2:02 isn't anything to sneeze at!!! and you totally killed it this time!! Congratulations! I started running 3 yrs ago in June at the age of 40. I got preg. that August, ran thru the pregnancy and delivered in April. Last May I ran my first 1/2 in 2:11. I was happy with the time but set on shaving minutes. This August I ran a very hilly 1/2(my 2nd) in 2:01 and am beyond thrilled!! I was 6 weeks preg. at the time,too! So, just wanted to give you MY numbers so you can see how flippin' awesome your times are!!!
    2794 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9918939
    that is amazing. I've started and stopped running a number of times, having to quit because of shin splints and other injuries. One day I hope to run like you! Congrats!
    2794 days ago
  • BOILHAM
    Have to agree with my sparkfriend, ONMYMEDS. Running is definitely the sport for you. A time of 2:02 is very good, and you shattered that with your new time of 1:48. Keep up the good work!
    2794 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8113065
    First of all, 2:02 for your first HM is certainly nothing to be disappointed about, particularly considering the relatively short time you have been running.

    And then you post a 1:48 a few months later?!! That is truly outstanding. Great job. You've definitely got runners genes.

    Congratulations!!
    2794 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    OH. MY. GOD. That is absolutely amazing!! I am so happy for you!

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    2794 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7542230
    That's an amazing time! Congratulations!
    2794 days ago
  • VEUVEGIRL
    Congratulations!! You are amazing!!!!!! emoticon
    2794 days ago
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