Sunday, September 30th, was the 5th running of the Brooksie Way half marathon & 5K. I had signed myself and Chris up a few months back. It would have been his first "official" half marathon. Yes, he did run Rock CF half with me, but I was 30 weeks pregnant and there wasn't much "racing" going on.
I told him going into this race that I refused to let him beat me. he beat me in August at an extremely hilly 10 mile race and I refuse to let him beat me again. I am competitive with my husband when it comes to running. He runs for cardio only and focuses more on strength training. So when he beat me in August, I was going to make sure it was the first and last time he did so. :-)
My goal for this half was to finish in 1:40 or better. I wasn't 100% positive I would actually be able to do it. The course is not flat by any means and I had just ran an extreme trail 50K the week prior. Who knows how my legs were going to feel. They felt good when we started so I figured I would push the pace for as long and as hard as I could. With all the hills in the last 5-ish miles, I was not sure I would reach my goal. I told myself "running sub-8 minute miles in my first half marathon since giving birth on June 7th was still a great accomplishment" and would be happy with that. I ended up finishing the half marathon in 1:40:57 with my last mile being my fastest at a 7:07 pace!! I couldn't believe how great I felt and began questioning if maybe I could have even broke 1:40! It's not a PR (about 3 minutes off from my PR) but I still consider it a very respectable time. Chris ended up finishing just behind me in 1:41:53. Less than a minute, but I still crossed the finish line before him!! :-)
Before I met up with him at the finish line, I was able to say a quick hello to Jeff over at Detroit Runner. We met back in 2011 at the 1st Rock CF half. If you do not read his blog, you must start NOW! Not only is this guy a talented runner, but you must read on how he got started in the first place. Congrats on a speedy finish Jeff! See you in GR!
I have yet to purchase any photos from the race and not so sure I will. I look like Shrek in all of them. I swear, I never take a good race photo!
Age Group Place: 8th/195