Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Garparilla Half Race Recap

Miles yesterday: 3.02 miles, relaxed, recovery run
Miles in 2013: 164.9 miles

Half marathon #2 for 2013! It is only getting better!

 I am not going to lie, I was a little nervous about this race before hand. I had some knee pain on Thursday during my interval speed workout and my shake out run Friday. Sometimes I think I have phantom pain, just because I am scared of what happened back in December. (Lots of pain, doctors, and big needles)

I woke up ready to go on Sunday morning and tried my best not to wake my sleeping roomie. 

All the necessities. Vaseline, PowerBar Tangerine Gels, Bic Band, Brooks Adrenaline GTS12 (on sale now!), prerace cliff bar, my absolute favorite Lululemon running tank and shorts.

Ready to go

We stayed at the Hotel Tampa downtown, which was a great choice. Not the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in, but perfect location. I walked from the hotel to the start line with a new friend, who told me all about his incredible 50lb weight loss in the past year and how running had gotten him there. So inspirational. Gasparilla was his first half marathon and he was doing it all by himself. I didn't see him after the race, but really hope he hit his goal!

Anyway, I started with the 1:55 group. 1:55 is my goal for the half, but in light of the past few months, running a smart race and taking care of myself is the first priority. The race started at 6AM, and we ran through Davis Island in the dark. It was not cool, but not as hot as I expected. The first mile flew by, but I struggled to find a good pace for the next few miles. 

Once the sun came up and we got to the Bayshore leg of the race, (the first 5 miles on on Davis Island) I started feeling much better. I took my first  gel a little after mile 6. The Bayshore leg is an out and back stretch along Tampa Bay. It is beautiful and also where Larry popped the big Q. 

At the turnaround I was feeling even better and decided to put on my headphones at try to pick up the pace a little. I took another half gel after mile 10. My mental mantra at that point was "racing is passing" (Thank you Matt!), which I did a lot of those last miles. I felt better and better, but was unsure if I could PR. I turned it up the best I could for the last 2 miles and finished in 2:03:07. 

I was a little disappointed that I did not come in under 2 hours, but happy that I ran consistently,  with a negative split. My last mile was my fastest and I finished strong. Smart, happy running, and ready for the Hooters Half next weekend!

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