Marathon Perspective and decided that I needed to run one more marathon before hanging up the sneakers to start a family. I then convinced Lindsay to sign up for MCM and we found this half marathon to work into our training while she was home from Hawaii. Our goal was to break 1:50.
Well I got news for you. Even if you've run 5 sub 2 half marathons in the past, you still have to train. I really believed knocking out 9:09 pace and breaking that 2 hour barrier would be a walk in the park. I really was THAT confident.
And I continued that confidence even after the gun went off. But something unexpected happened. The course was WAY hillier than I ever expected.
Theodora who might not hold on, it was me.
Theo and I continued on our merry way, laughing at the uphills and flying down the downhills only to be frightened to see the next hill. Things were going smoothly after mile 4.
At that point, I began to write this post in my head. I figured I would name it "The Good, the Bad and the GREAT News." Good being that I paced a two hour half marathon. Bad being that I didn't pace Theodora and GREAT being that Theo was able to run much faster.
But as you can tell, that is not the name of this blog post. Because, well... I couldn't get myself to move in the last two miles. My last mile was my slowest of the race. I wanted to break 2 hours to prove to myself I could with minimal training, but I didn't. And I'm okay with it.
...I saw Theodora and the light in her eyes and the smile on her face was enough to turn my dismay into happiness. She not only broke two hours, but she killed it- negative splitting the course. To see how far she has come in 3 short years is remarkable. She is an inspiration to me and so many others. I can't wait to see what the future holds for her in life and in running.
Words cannot describe how proud I am of both Linds and Theo! I can't wait to see how well they both do at their fall marathons : )
And for me.... I think I'm serious when I say I'm done with the distance for awhile. I'll always run but I don't want to do double digits anymore. I need something else for fitness in my life so if you have any suggestions, let me know!
BIG CONGRATS TO MY GIRL THEODORA- go to her blog and congratulate her!!!!