While my dream goal was to run this in under 2 hours I knew after the first 4 miles that was going to happen but I was on track to PR...just as good!
Mile 1 - 9:26
Mile 2 - 9:22
Mile 3 - 9:43
Mile 4 - 9:22
The first 4 miles were actually pretty rough. I never start half marathons off that fast and my lungs were already feeling the speed and I was worried about maintaining it for the whole race. The course is also kind of boring for the first 4 miles taking you through the industrial area of Tukwila and then through neighborhoods. But I did warm up after 4 miles and the next 4 miles felt pretty good. I decided to check in with myself and my watch every 4 miles so I didn't stress about my pace from mile to mile...it was a good strategy.
Mile 5 - 9:39
Mile 6 - 9:27
Mile 7 - 9:28
Mile 8 - 9:26
Miles 5-9 are along Lake Washington Boulevard with a gorgeous view of Lake Washington for the entire stretch. There are also a ton of spectators along this stretch which is always great. At one point they had pictures of soldiers who had died in the middle east and then a ton of soldiers holding American flags...I would be lying if I didn't get choked up running by that...which didn't help my breathing much but I figured at least I have breath and freedom!
Mile 9 - 9:39
Mile 10 - 9:11 <---hey speedy...this is where I start thinking "IT'S ALMOST OVER!!"
Mile 11 - 9:17
Mile 12 - 9:37
Mile 13 - 9:07 <---NO IDEA where the energy for this came from because I was feeling very slow!
Mile 13.1 - 7:53 <---Sprinting to the finish...WOOHOO
At mile 9 you are in the I-90 express tunnels which sounds fun but it's super humid and very uncomfortable. Luckily it lasts under a mile and before you know it you are winding your way into downtown...DOWNhill I might add. You run through downtown with hundreds of spectators and run up a small hill to go on the Highway 99 viaduct to make your way to Qwest Field. I knew at mile 12 I wouldn't run a sub 2 hour half for sure so I didn't stress about the last mile and just ran for me, it felt really good! I knew I would get a personal record, I knew I ran as fast and hard as I could, and I couldn't wait to finish. I sprinted around other runners for the last .1 mile and even crossed the finish line about the same time as a marathoner! His time was 2:32 or something like that...amazing!
This just in...I just checked the official results and I finished in 2:03:53, not 2:04...I'll take it. Official stats:
Age: 29 | Gender: F
|Guess that should have been a three instead of a 4 :)|
|I was really into flashing important numbers that day!|
I carpooled down with MyMarathonDiaries who rocked the marathon today BTW and had a great night chatting with ladies about running, blogs, and life. Good food, good company and good SWAG. Onlineshoes.com donated some sweet goodie bags made of an insulated lunch bag filled with a water bottle, coffee mug and more. Tall Mom on the Run organized the event and she is just as sweet in person as she is in her blog. Run, Zoe Run made trading cards for all the bloggers which was genius. I need to send her my photo so I can get in on the action!
|How fun are these?|
|Fun swag from onlineshoes.com|
So much fun paced into less than 24 hours. I'm ready for bed...I hope I don't wake up until tomorrow afternoon!
|Added to my collection!|
|I know you were all wondering what my pup did all day...look familiar?|