Road Running race 2:01:56  13.26 mi (9:12 / mi)
ahr:165 max:193 shoes: Brooks PureFlow 2
seattle rock n roll half marathon!
okay, when i signed up for the rock n roll full marathon last year, i envisioned this day going much differently. however, priorities changed over the last year and i found the date of this race approaching with very little actual marathon training having happened. oops.
it's been 10 years since i've been serious enough to consider myself a runner (the last time i ran a half marathon) and i've been trying to get back into it off and on ever since with no real traction developing. i thought that if i signed myself up for a marathon, that would be a good kick in the butt but as it turned out, i found this sport called orienteering and realized how boring road running is for me. that and i was lazy. :P
my original intent had been to cross-train for the race by doing things i enjoy like hiking, running, biking, etc. as it dawned on me how awesome orienteering is, my main motivation to run shifted to getting better at orienteering (i still didn't run much though). leading up to race day, i realized i was not prepared for a full marathon. however, a half seemed within reach if i took it slow and it turns out you can switch course lengths merely by not running the longer length - very convenient!
on race day, my plan was to run/walk and i set my watch to go off at regular intervals. however, being in a slow-people corral, it took almost an hour to even get up to the start line (what's the deal with not getting to start when you feel like it?). i was tired of being around all the other runners/noise/hoopla, so i figured i'd run a couple of my run/walk intervals to get rid of that frustration and then start throwing walks in after a mile or so. but! i was feeling pretty good and decided to listen to my body and ended up running the whole thing! crazy!
i'm pretty happy because between orienteering sporadically through the winter and being on my feet at work, i think i'm in better shape than i thought i was. woohoo! mostly, i'm happy that i actually went out and did it. when i got off work at midnight the night before and it was pouring rain and i'd been battling a low-level cold all week, i was pretty sure i wasn't going to go run in the morning. but when i checked the weather at 5am and saw the forecast had improved, i thought rats! now i have to do it. and i did! go me! :D