Adding to the craziness I was not able to meet up with some fellow bloggers because I had to spend a little more time letting the watch charge and then making the mad scramble to a port-a-potty. Once I got to Corral 7, I randomly met up with a buddy from work. Having similar goals we decided to run together.
As for the goals I tried to keep my expectations realistic since this was my 2nd first half marathon ever and my 1st since 2006. Overall I wanted to have a good time so that I would be encouraged to keep running for my enjoyment and because I have to for work. If you remember my "Goal A"" was to beat the Woman's WR Full Marathon time...with a 13 mile head start. OK enough of the nice guy talk...
I am pumped that I beat my goal time of a 2:15:24! I will have to wait for the official time to be posted but according to the Garmin I finished with a 2:11:55. Take that Paula Radcliffe!
Here are my splits:
After about 1.5 miles, my impromptu running partner decided that he wanted to push it a bit so I eagerly let him go ahead so that I could "attempt" to stay close to a 10:15 pace. I'm pretty impressed with my splits however, I'm surprised with mile 7...I didn't think I was going that slow! No matter I have nothing to complain about.
I do have to give some special thanks to the old school Guns n Roses, David Crowder Band and Audio Adrenalin for helping me kick up the pace in the last mile!
Hope those of you who ran today met your goals and had a great time. Sorry to all of those who I planned on meeting this morning. Maybe we can do it again at a future race.