SERIOUSLY on a high right now.
Completed my second ever Half Marathon today.
And you know what else?
I hit my PR!
That is 5 whole minutes FASTER then last year.
And you remember how I trained this go around, don’t ya? Weekends. I ran on the weekends and cross-trained by teaching during the week.
To say I am elated is the understatement of the YEAR.
To anyone in the Lincoln, Nebraska area…. Thank You! You guys know how to organize a race.
I have never seen so much support for runners IN. MY. LIFE!
There were people cheering, bands playing, kids giving high-fives, water, gatorade and kleenex every step you took. I am not kidding when I say every last stretch of that 13.1 miles was filled with someone or something.
Lincoln- you made that 13.1 miles seem like 6. It was fantastic.
This morning started off in a little bit of a cluster. My 4:30AM alarm didn’t happen.
What happened was my 5:21AM internal alarm clock that was FREAKING OUT!
Race-7am. Drive time- One Hour. Parking time and walk to starting line PLUS last minute bathroom break – OMG I am gonna be late!
Ninja like moves happened and somehow my race clothes made it on, my teeth got brushed, my lucky hat made it to my head and my race bib made its way into the car.
And off we went.
No water. No fuel.
Usually I eat a Clif bar before a long run. Sometimes I even have a little caffeine. Clearly THAT wasn’t happening this morning.
Thankfully, I calmed down once we were on our way.
It was going to be ok.
We made it to Lincoln just prior to 6:30am. Found a spot to park relatively quickly (miracle in itself), hit up the porta-pottys (a must, if you know what I’m saying…) and made my way to a spot in the middle of the pack.
In the middle of 10,500 other runners, that is.
And then the wait.
The race started at 7. It was 7:32am by the time I made it up to the starting line. And off I went for the most enjoyable, exhilarating, hyped up 13 miles I have EVER run.
I paced myself at around 9:30 the entire way. Sometimes I was little faster, sometimes a little slower, but I never broke that average pace of 9:30ish. Thanks to MapMyRun, my trusty GPS sidekick.
The final results?
Finishing inside the Nebraska stadium was pretty fantastic as well.
And my sis-in-law Jamie ran her FIRST ever Half-Marathon. She did SO great! Very proud of her for committing and conquering. Way to go, Jamie!
And of course, a shout-out to my #1 supporter for getting up at the crack of dawn to drive me down to Lincoln to just ‘hang-out’ for two hours while I ran. He’s pretty awesome.
And THAT my friends, is the end of my Lincoln Half-Marathon recap. Will there be another? Not sure. Time will tell. 🙂