We made it to the start line with only a couple minutes to spare. Which was just long enough to meet a local blogger that I follow named Michelle. We said hello, wished each other good luck and then we were off. From the start, my dad pulled away. I'd say by mile 3, there was no chance I'd be able to run with him. He was cruising! It was also at that time I was told I was 2nd female overall. Not what I needed to hear. That messed with my mind along with the side stitches, stomach issues and the fact I felt completely zapped of energy. My friend, Dave, kept trying to encourage me but nothing seemed to work. It wasn't that it physically hurt, because my legs felt OK, but I just couldn't get into a groove. I felt like I had zero energy and hills were really taking a toll on me. I forgot how hilly this end of Hines Drive was. At mile 8.5 I was 3rd female overall, by mile 9 I was 4th female overall and when I crossed the finish line I finished 6th female overall and 2nd in my age group. Clearly not my day. Not only did I get progressively slower with each step, but I ran a disappointing time of 1:42:18. I know that may not be all that slow of a half marathon, but it's not what I am used to seeing. I am used to seeing 1:40 or faster. At least over the past couple years. I am really trying to not let this get to me, but I have a marathon in 13 days and I am stressing over the fact that this could happen then too! All my races this year have just come so easily. I've put up some great times and I do not want to crash and burn on the 20th. I hope I was able to get out all of the crappy race stuff done and over with this past weekend so that my marathon is as successful as the others I have ran this year.
Finish Time: 1:42:18
Age Group Place: 2nd/51
Gender Place: 6th/292
Overall Place: 30th/595
My shirt, medal and age group award (water bottle)