How fortuitous (the word fortuitous actually being in my top 5 favorite words of all time) that the WordPress prompt word today is passionate.
I got to race today. Something I am truly passionate about.
By no means am I a runner that is going to be winning a race. But, I still love every minute of racing.
Today, I set out to try an conquer the Rock N Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.
Here is a beautiful photo from today. Do you see me?
I have set a goal for this race, and every year I have not met my goals. Guess what happened this year?!?!?
I missed my goal again.
My PR (Personal Record) in a half marathon is 1:46. Today, for this course at this time of year my goal was to break 1:50. Instead I left with a 1:56.
To break 1:50 I would need to run an 8:30 minute mile for 13 miles, or 7.1 miles per hour. So that is where I spent my training. To me, it was possible.
Did I know the humidity for today was going to be 88%? Well, I did keep my eye on the weather this week, and even though the threat of rain left us, the humidity lingered. And I was scared.
For me, humidity is the worst running condition to run in. But I was still hopeful.
I ran a nice race. I kept at a nice steady pace (I was bummed the clock wasn’t giving me the credit for my felt effort, though(I thought I was going faster)) until mile 7, when I hit the proverbial wall. We all know, I tried my darndest to avoid this wall. But with all the sweat leaving my body, my legs were seizing up and seizing early. I gave myself the permission to coast, and had little ability to raise the speed again.
Was I sad? Was I mad? No.
At first I was bummed. I actually got my worst half time without being plagued by heel spur pain. But yet I am sitting here smiling, real big.
I GOT TO RACE TODAY!
I love the planning, the running, and the other runners. I love the struggle I face on race day, to always push myself harder. To always do better.
I love the feeling of accomplishment. I know one day I will not be able to race anymore. So I am going to run and race when I can now. I am not going to take one second of running, training or racing, for granted. I am just that passionate about it.
I set out to do something today that 10 years ago I would never have felt possible. And win, lose or draw – I crossed the finish line. I DID IT!
And even though I finished this race with another time to beat, I left with a Rock N Roll Half Marathon award. I finished in the top 25% of runners. Which is pretty awesome to me!
The details of the race will come, I’m sure. But all I have to say today is: I had the ability to run a race. I did not meet my goal, but you know what? That just means more time running and training for me, to try again next year.
I CAN’T WAIT!
2016 Rock N Roll Half Marathon Results:
- FINISH TIME 1:56:05
- EXPECTED TIME 1:50:00
- 5 KM 25:13 PACE 8:07
- 10 KM 52:08 PACE 8:24
- 10 MI 1:27:27 PACE 8:45
- PACE 8:52
- CHIP TIME 1:56:05
- OVERALL 2116 / 12263
- DIVISION 99 / 998
- GENDER 826 / 7272