My friends and I started the day off with the Austin half marathon. It was a warm day for a race; at 7am it was 58 degrees, cloudy, 9 mph winds and 88% humidity, by 9am it would be 61 degrees and 11 mph winds. I wore a hat, shorts, tank top and my hydration vest. I brought my sun glasses but really didn't need them since it was overcast the entire run. Thank god for the overcast skies and wind (the wind had a nice chill to it), that actually made it bearable. If it had been full sun that would have truly been miserable.
Jenn picked me up by 5:30am to head downtown, we picked up Moni on the way down as well. We found excellent parking just a stones throw away from the start line. We hit up the potties one last time before getting into line. Since this was a last min race for me and I was running for a friend, I really didn't stress too much about it. Heck, I even forgot to stretch before the race started!
|Feelin' the love!|
I did land a PR for this course at 2:01:33, beating my time from 2012 of 2:06:54. Next year I'll tackle the ADC (Austin Distance Challenge) and my goal will be to finish in 2 hours or less!
My legs (especially thighs) were extremely sore for a couple of days, plus my lower back was in pain right after the race. Thankfully taking some ibuprofen and a nap (laying down helped decompress my lower back) fixed me right up.
Chip time - 2:01:33, 9:17 pace in 13.1 miles (ran under a friends bib 12300)
Avg pace - 9:12 per my Garmin, actually ran 13.22 miles
9:28 (false flat)
8:48 (flat miles 6-8)
9:44 (never ending hills...)
9:22 (killer hill, THE hill)
last 0.22 - 1:44 (7:56 pace)
What I ate: I drank 3 beers the day before and had spaghetti for dinner. Breakfast the day of the race was 1 piece of toast with peanut butter and water. I ate a Gu every 5 miles during the race and one Gu 10 mins before the race started. I had my hydration vest so I didn't have to stop at any water stops.
What I wore: Lulu shorts w/ side pockets, lulu tank top w/ built in bra, Garmin watch, fitbit, hat, glasses, hydration vest, Brooks Glycerin shoes (sz 9.5), spenco earthbound insoles, wrightsocks double layer.
Other items I carried: Cell phone, 3 Gu's, mp3 player.