Four months and 474 miles of training, and just like that it’s over.
This morning, we got up at 4:15– don’t worry, we were both in bed asleep by 9:30 the night before–and were out the door at 4:45 to drive 45 minutes to Wilmington. We parked at the finish of the race, and took a bus (the race provided them) to the start. By the time we got there, it was about 6:20 and the race started at 6:40.
We hit the bathroom (read: port-a-potties), which meant waiting in line for about fifteen minutes. We chatted a bit with the lady in front of us (see, Haley, we talked to other runners!), then stretched and entered the mass at the starting line with two minutes to spare.
The race started while it was still dark, and the first two miles just flew by. It was weird to run with a mass of other people, but Em and I did well pacing ourselves. We’d been warned not to start too fast, so we aimed for about 9:30 and ended up running a 9:16 for mile one.
Our race was so much flatter than our training runs, so that combined with the adrenaline meant that we ran much faster than our long runs. Our average pace was about a 9:15, which is 30-45 seconds faster than our training long runs.
Overall, the race went really well. I hit the wall at mile 8, but revived myself after my second round of fueling by mile 9. Em’s worst mile was mile 10. We stayed together for the entire race until about mile 12.75, when I started sprinting.
I got a huge burst of energy at the end of the race and sprinted to the finish. There were a bunch of people lining the way and cheering, which was great support. I ended up finishing my 13.1 in 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 3 seconds. That put me in 45th (of 300) in my age group, and 340th (of 1,184) overall. Em and my goal for this race was just to to finish and run the whole way, but we were super happy with our time (Em came in thirty seconds after me).
I enjoyed racing a lot more than I thought I would, especially since I thrive off people cheering for me. I would do another half marathon in a heartbeat!