I "Rocked the Parkway" on April 14th. Just now getting around to posting about the experience.
This was the first time I'd raced a half-marathon so no time goals. I only wanted to finish and not walk. I was aiming for 2:10 and finished in 2:08. Not going to win any races with that pace but mission accomplished!
During my training runs, my left hamstring, periformis and Achilles would act up on occasion. I fully expected that to happen during the race.
Not a peep.
My legs felt amazingly strong. Mentally, I was in it. It was an awesome experience. Hubby even has pics of me in the home stretch, smiling ear to ear.
Sadly, my feet kind of let me down. The last 3 miles, they were hurting. I know I would have finished faster if this wasn't the case. My legs were telling me "go go go" but the feet were saying "no no no".
I know that if I ever want to run an ultra distance, I'm going to have to figure this foot thing out. It really surprised me since I train in minimalist shoes and occasionally barefoot. I've never had foot issues like that on any of my long runs.
I also raced a 5K last Saturday for the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. Took 2nd in my age group and knocked off 7 minutes from last year's time on the same course. Yes, you read that right: 7 freaking minutes. I also got a PR in the process. What a difference a year of consistent training can make, huh?
Last week, I picked up a pair of Merrell Dash Gloves. They are designed for pavement running. Still zero drop but with just a bit of cushion. I'll save the Pace Gloves for the trail. I've done the last 3 runs in them and I'm really pleased.
The test will be May 19th. I've got another half on the calendar and I'm hoping my feet won't fail me now.