Rather than share my weekend festivities today, I’m honing in on one event to brag about for the entire post.
If you saw on IG, then you already know and this post might bore you to tears… But I joined the sub-2 half marathon club yesterday!!!!! When should I expect my member’s only jacket to arrive??
Ash, my running bestie, and our cheer squad all met at the butt crack of dawn for the race that started at 7 am.
My boyfriend is always with me and always supporting my running. I couldn’t do it without him.
BEK!! She was so super supportive getting up before 6 to cheer us on!!
Ash and her girlfriend – seriously, we have the most supportive significant others and group of friends.
At around 6:55, Ash and I said bye to our lovers and Bek and headed to our corral. Our goal was sub 2:04 – that was a huge PR for both of us. Her last official half was a 2:15 and my last official half was 2:07. Either way, we were going to crush PR city.
The race is a huge one, so there was a ton of crowding and we were rebellious and didn’t go to our assigned corral. We went up ahead of our assignment to find the 2 hour pace group as a way to stay on track throughout the race. This course is known for the rolling hills. You see how that last mile is totally uphill? Ugh. 🙂
That didn’t phase us, at all! We breezed right through the first 10 miles like it was nothing! Our cheer team eve drove out to mile 7 and surprised us with big race signs!
We were sticking with the 2 hour pace group and I was shocked. I intentionally did not wear my Garmin because I didn’t want to know my time until the end. BUT, like all big races, there were mile markers with the digital time showing for every mile. So, at mile 10, when I saw what the time was and saw how truly attainable sub 2 was, I almost cried right then and there. But I told myself to wait. But really, I feel like the race just flew by. I didn’t start struggling until the 10 mile marker where I started to rely heavily on Ash’s pacing to keep me moving.
Once I crossed that finish line, I rushed to the bathroom (!!!) and then ran to my boyfriend and friends screaming sub 2! Mollie and Nadir were my support for the full last year and they were back again this year! I don’t think I can do this race without the two of them!
Ash and I got separated after we crossed but when we met back up and realized what we had just accomplished, the waterworks came out in full force. I’ve never been so proud. Yep, I cried. But so did Ash!!!!
There has been no better runner’s high than this.
I can’t even do justice to how amazing our friends/family/significant others were. They cheered for us, they supported us and they motivated us. There is no way I could ever fully put into words how much I need the support and how grateful I am to have it. Truly.
No one wants to wake up early on a Sunday morning and it takes a truly incredible group of people to do that so selflessly.
Best.Race.Ever. It just keeps getting better and better. I cannot believe that I had this in me. I didn’t think this time was attainable for at least a few more months.
I blame Ash, my running bestie. Together we are invincible and unstoppable when it comes to running!! So damn happy and proud of us. Goodness.
What was the best part about your weekend?
What’s your favorite race distance?
Rolling hills – what do you think about them? 🙂