Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tucson Half Marathon

I did it! (hopefully will be able to post some pictures eventually from the race website?)

Last year I completely trained for the Tucson marathon. Did 2 20 milers, did all my sprint runs, etc....and didn't get to run the race due to work schedules :-) (I was absolutely crushed. In fact I'm still bitter about it to this day)

Well, this year I decided to do a "redo". Except with buying the house and all that we've had going on, I decided I didn't care to dedicate the time into training for a full 26.2 miles. So, I just did a half.

Then Friday morning, Ryan & I both woke up with the stomach flu.I figured, "Great, now I will be cancelling yet another race".

But luckily, I ended up feeling better by Friday night - and hydrated like mad all day Saturday, and did it this morning!

I ran it in 1:49 - which according to the race website it's an 8:22/mile pace. This would make it a personal best for me. I was really wanting to run this in 1:46...but I refuse to beat myself up since I was a little "run down" to begin with!

(I'm going to be I'm writing this post, I'm running a fever, sipping tea, and thinking maybe I wasn't quite ready to run. But I took Monday off - so I'll get a day to recoop if needed)

It was a very interesting & beautiful race. They bussed us 20 miles north of Tucson into the mountains to the start line. I didn't know about how these *buses* worked. We ended up having to stand outside in the cold for 1 hour. It was 35 degrees in Catalina, AZ.

Burr. Not good temps to be wearing shorts & trying to get "warmed up". Let's just say my toes were numb for the 1st 4 miles, but I managed! Smiled the whole race! :-) I absolutely love the race atmosphere.

Hope you all have a great week! My husband is going on a hunting trip, so I'm working a whole lotta I'm excited to have tomorrow off to just breathe & enjoy the day!


Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

GREAT job! You are so speedy! Hope you feel better soon!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Congrats, Abby! You did amazing. A PR is a wonderful accomplishment. And yes, definitely cut yourself some slack since you were and still are sick. Take it easy today! I know I don't have to tell you what to do because you are a nurse and know how to take care of yourself. :) Hope you are back to 100% soon!

Jess said...

That is an awesome time, particularly when you're fighting off a flu!!

Congrats to you!