I've got the fever to do another race! Running is truely an addiction. The more events you partake in, the more you want to do. This weekend I did the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon. One of the fun parts of this race, is my I won the raffle for free registration! My hospital happened to sponsor this race.
It was kind of funny, actually. I know I'd be seeing people I know at one of the water stations. Of course, they were stationed @ mile 12. This entire race was hills, so by mile 12 I was a breathless, sweaty mess. :-) So when they greeted me and cheered "Go Abby!" -- I was so hypoxic, I couldn't even find it in me to say "hi" or "Thank you". I was just making a whimpery moaning noise.....and nodded my head.
The AZ Distance Classic was the most challenging race I've done. I'm not sure it was something I did nutritionally, training-wise, or hydration-wise? It could be that I hung out with the 1 hr 40 min pace team for the 1st 7 miles. So my pace was really fast. So when I hit the big hills at mile 8, I wanted to die? But I hit a wall.
Not the wall. But a wall.
However, I finished in 1 hour 49 minutes! So I was pleased. That's an average pace of 8:21 minutes/mile. This is close to a PR for me. My PR is 1 hour 48. My new goal is 1:45, I've decided.
Despite how physically challenged I was, I am really craving to do a full marathon, now! My plan all week last week was, "When this half is done, I'm taking a break from running & focusing on weight training and biking"...
Now I'm all amped up about running! But "race season" is kind of coming to an end here in Tucson. So I think it's time for to throw in the towel for a while here. But come January...I will be doing that Phoenix Rock N Roll Marathon! The full!