Without further adieu, here's Toni's race report:
605. The Glorious Race.
Race morning started out great and I felt really good, I kept looking outside thinking, “Oh! It’s going to be so cold in these shorts!” but as soon as I opened the car door when we got parked and I wasn’t shocked by the cold, I really started to get amped up! We’re totally prepared for this race, the weather is beautiful. It’s going to be a great day!
There wasn’t much for a warm-up for this race and we cut it pretty close getting to the actual start line, but I wasn’t nervous for this race and I didn’t really have a plan. I was totally winging it, to be honest. When I took off, I figured I would run comfortably hard and at one mile see what time that put me at.
The first mile always goes so fast –
7:57 – At this point I thought maybe I would just see how many sub 8 miles I could manage before feeling like I needed to slow down.
Mile 2 - 7:53
Between these two miles I was supposed to see my husband – I was concerned about not seeing him, but I thought to myself “maybe I’m just SO fast he’ll barely miss me,” as it turns out, he thought the race started a half an hour later than it actually did, so there’s that.
Mile 3 - 7:54
Mile 4 - 7:56
Mile 5 - 7:52
Mile 6 - 7:58- This is where I took my first GU and that ended up being way too late, you will see.
At the turn around I saw Benson, and he said to me, “You’re killing it! Way to go!” and I was so proud of myself, it made me feel awesome, in all honesty I think it was his encouragement that kept the next two miles under 8 because I was really starting to feel the sluggish effects of lack of nutrition. (I’m not going to say I was bonking because I refuse to believe I was careless enough to bonk)
Mile 7 - 7:49
Mile 8 - 7:57
Mile 9 – 8:17 – This is the part where my body is giving me the middle finger for starving it, so I took my second GU.
Mile 10 – 8:18
Mile 11 – 8:08
Mile 12 – 8:12 – By this point I have given up all hope of ever running a sub 8 again for the rest of my life.
Mile 13 – 7:54. – ONLY because it was downhill.
Total time: 1:44:24 – This is surely a mistake because there’s no way I can run under 1:45. Except that I did, and I still can’t believe my legs did it.
The best part about running fast, is that I get to see more people cross the finish line, that is easily my favorite part. 605 put on such a wonderful half and I was so excited to be a part of the inaugural running.