It was only the third time in my Running Career that I have cracked the 1:40 barrier....and I literally limbo-ed my way under it!
An 8:10 a.m. race start meant a super early 5:20 rise for me......ugh. I know we are so over the Christmas Season, but I decided to use my 2010 Santa shuffle shirt as my throw-a-way.
Sam and Katie before heading to downtown Halifax for the run.
First stop: Port-a-Johns....Make that, Polly-John (as it was so aptly named). :D
Right from the get-go I questioned my decision to run the full half-marathon distance considering my cardio capacity post-world's longest cold ever. The buzz at the start line was awesome as always, but my mind kept saying, "Don't be stupid. Don't be stupid. Listen to your body signals." I was just a tad bit worried I wouldn't be able to finish. Just a tad. ;)
I took an Espresso Love Gu, wished my friends luck and with the sound of the horn, we headed off! I heard "Go Heather!" around 1 mile in.....It was Courteney! I didn't even see her through the crowd, but I knew the voice. ;)
I have to admit that the first few miles (up to mile 3ish) were pretty rough for me. I was surprised at how sunny and warm it was and I also was fixated on my breathing because of my recent cold virus. Do I need to cough? If I start coughing will I go into one of those coughing fits and be done???? Sometimes I swear, I am my own worst enemy. So finally I told myself to "Just SHUT UP AND RUN!"
After cresting the first awesome down hill, I felt like my lungs opened up and my legs got some sort of snap in them. I even did a sub 7 minute mile....oops! LOL. Then I decided that my next mental battle would be not to get too excited. ;)
The picture above was taken by Erin.....while she was running HER VERY FIRST HALF MARATHON!!! Head on over there and give her some mad props for her race will ya? ;) I did not even know she took this one!
The Blue Nose route is certainly not your typical morning jaunt. It has some amazing parts and some nasty parts. So I'm guessing with a hill named "Serpentine" at mile 9ish, you can make your own conclusions. ;)
There is a very awesome spot for spectators of the half marathon at around mile 8 or so. You head up Inglis Street and take a left onto Young Ave. where you head into the Park. Your fans can see you enter and when you exit the park. FYI: This section of the race is no 'Walk in the Park!' Heading up Young Ave. I saw Matt and Lola! I heard "Go Mommy!" It was really cute. :)
After that you coast down another super hill where you take the right that leads you into Point Pleasant Park. I always dread this part of the race. The gravel is super amazing to run on and you get the breeze of the ocean, but man it's hilly! On a brighter note, the sun disappeared and the clouds rolled in during this part. I was a happy runner.
I was a hurtin' unit when I got out of the park. My garmin was reading 10.1 miles and I was at 1hr 15min and 11 sec. If only this were a ten mile race. I'd PB!
A few nasty hills later and I saw Matt and Lola again. This time, I knew he'd see the hurt and exhaustion on my face. But oh wait, someone else is yelling my name a few strides later??? It's Erin! I was so excited to see her I looked like this..... lol.
With less than a 100m to go, I could see the clock saying 1:39:XX. :0 Panic! "I need to get in under 1:40! I just need to!"
Check out my garmin stats. Clearly I squeaked through. ;)
So relieved! Official time: 1:39:44. I was 150/2081 overall, 9/332 in my division and 26/1241 in my gender.
Of course we celebrated with a big brunch skillet afterwards. :D
Another Blue Nose medal to add to the stash! This is such an awesome event that is uber organized and well run. Come join us in 2015!!!
Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers and thanks to you guys for stopping by GGR! Have a wonderful day.