|Me after earning my 4th finisher medal!|
|Just about to cross the finish|
My official finish time today was 2:13:12.
This finish time was just 2.5min shy of my personal best in a half marathon. And this was in a relatively difficult course (undulating hills the whole way), and a cold day. The sunshine in the photo came as a surprise late in the race. :-)
What was different today, compared to my personal best half marathon race (i.e., Victoria in Oct. 2011), and compared to other half marathons before that, was the perceived effort and how I felt after crossing the finish. I felt like I was taking it easy today, even though I wasn't really (in comparison to other versions of me). It felt like a training run, not a race.
In previous races of this distance, the 21.1km was daunting, but today, it was an "easy" distance I had a load of confidence in tackling after doing a 32km training run just a week ago.
At previous half marathons, I struggled at the end. In fact, at Victoria, I was in quite a bit of discomfort when I crossed the finish. Today, I finished strong, with a giant smile on my face, easily able to keep running.
Recovery has been more or less non-existent (except I am incredibly hungry, surprise, surprise). After Victoria, I was hurting and then got a bad case of the flu.
So this has given me confidence that my training for the May marathon is *working* :-) I am indeed getting stronger, or as I like to say, "leaner and meaner". It gave me a chance to test out my fueling strategy with the tempo I'd like to try for the marathon (which will be a much flatter course (but also much longer...) than today). Everything worked!
I'm also confident that I can train hard to attempt a personal best in a half marathon at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon in June.
|With Cam near the finish at Davis Bay beach.|
It was super special for me too because I went with my sweetheart, Cam, my biggest fan and supporter, and he was excitedly awaiting me at the finish line with camera in tow. <3
|We did it!|