The night before I laid out all my gear. I was having difficulty deciding what to wear. The half was down by Lake Michigan so about 10 degrees cooler and windier.
Miles 1-5 were nice, flat, and I cruised along. Then the hills started. They weren't major, but they were long rolling hills. They didn't quit until mile 10. The pain really started around mile 7.5. My left IT band and hip flexor were screaming. I started repeating "I will not walk" over and over. Every hill I repeated" it's a hill, get over it." It worked but my last two miles were my slowest, negative splits out the window. Oh well. I saw the finish and tried to kick I didn't have much left which let me know I gave it all on the course. I also admit to tearing up as I crossed the finish.
Official time 2:08:24. A post babies PR. I've run faster in the past, but that was before I popped out two kids, and my body rearranged itself. I'm so proud of myself and my body. 7 months ago I had a baby and now I ran 13.1 miles. Hell yea !!
Now I've got a few weeks and marathon training for MCM begins! Eek!
Did any of you run long or race this weekend?