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Half Marathon - Personal Best!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Hello fellow Sparklers,

I haven't been feeling the Spark much lately, which is why I haven't blogged. But now that this half marathon is over I'm feeling like I have a fresh start.

This was the first half marathon in my hometown. TC and I signed up along with a lot of people from our fitness center, including many of the group fitness instructors and the HIGHLY competitive woman who made me feel so badly about our February half marathon time. I blogged about that for three days, so you know it bothered me!

Anyway, my dread was totally unfounded -- it was a BLAST! It was fun to talk to people we know who ran past us, people we knew who were race volunteers, and spectators. LOTS of people came out, were cheering and holding signs, more than lots of races we've done.

This start was unusual -- we elected to do the early start (7:00 am) because it was going to be a HOT day and much of the course was in the sun. The weird rule was that the early starters had to stay with the 3:15 pacers until the first regular-start runners (7:30 am) passed. Then we were free to break away. So for the first 45-50 minutes, we did a fast walk with a few bouts of light jogging to keep up with the pacers. After the first regular runner passed, we broke away from the pack and started our intervals: 2 minutes of jogging, 2 minutes of walking.

We did this for MOST of the rest of the 10 miles, although a few times I had to forego the jogging to let my pulse rate drop.

We had a personal best: cut our best time by TEN MINUTES!!!!! I feel like a GAZELLE!!! Ha ha.

This was our 11th half marathon since 2001, and it was our best time ever: 2 hours, 58 minutes. AND, the best news? We were only 4 minutes behind the aggressively-competitive woman who dissed me for our time in February. NOT BAD!!!!!

The before picture:

And, the after picture:

I thought this was funny!

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