Saturday, September 24, 2005

Half Marathon Success

Ran my first Half Marathon race this morning in Kansas City.
It was beautiful, fun, and easy.
I was surprised with my race results and how easy 13.1 felt, after that 20 miler two weeks ago.
Seems like this training thing has actually made me more in shape (despite how I might look or my weight).

I finished five minutes or so after the first place male full marathon finished.
So a crowd of about 300 people cheered for me furiously as a crossed the finish line (as if I were the first elite female marathoner). I doubt they really thought this, but I like to pretend.

Here is my approx. time (which included only one potty break at the beginning).
I ran the first 9 miles with a complete stranger named Darcy who was going my pace. It's amazing how runners know how to connect quickly especially when they need someone to help them with the boredom of a long race.

2:45:00 around a 12:35 minute mile pace
(farely hilly course)

Come to Kansas City and run our Marathons, they are full of local jazz bands, volunteers, and just small enough to make it feel special.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME. CONGRATS. I LIVE IN STL SO NEXT YEAR IM GOING TO TRY AND MAKE THE TRIP ACROSS THE STATE. KEN

BigRedYamaha said...

You really should Ken. It is a pretty route. But probably less than 1,000 marathoners. 2-3k half marathoners.

Erin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! That's an awesome time! I'm glad you got to hear a big crowd cheer you on. It really makes a difference, doesn't it? You're gonna do great in the marathon. GOOD LUCK!!! :)

Erin said...

I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK in the marathon this weekend!! I'm sure you'll do great! All of my coaches & a few friends will be there running with you. Be sure to say Howdy to the folks from Team Texas. :)