This race is a little different than most half marathons in that it starts at 6pm and goes into the night rather than starting at the crack of dawn. It's also a very small race (only a few hundred runners), so the odds of being alone for most of the race are pretty good...especially if you fall toward the back of the pack.
The Husband and I arrived in Sheboygan (affectionately known in our house as Shevegas), a small town about an hour north of our house, around 4:30pm so I could pick up my bib number and catch the shuttle to the starting line.
I had decided to start conservatively, around a 10:30 pace, and try to hold that for as long as possible. Well, that wasn't quite in the cards. Mile 1 was finished in 10:08! My only thought was, '10:08? Huh? Wonder how long I can hold on to that?'
The next few miles went by pretty quickly (10:08-10:15) and I slowed to a fast walk through each water station (approx. every 2 miles). I played a little game with myself too. I would choose a runner in front of me and focus on getting in front of them and not letting them pass me again. It worked!
Before I knew it, Mile 10 was coming into view and I clicked over to the 'Total Time Elapsed' setting on my Garmin and was more than a little amazed. Beating the PR I set in Fox Cities back in 2008 was looking doable.
Of course, with double-digits came muscle fatigue, sore knees and just a general feeling of being tired. Some how, I picked up the pace, dropping down into the 9:30's!
One final turn and the high school track came into view.
|That's me in the purple top|
|Sorry for the blurriness!|
I turned onto the track to run the final quarter of a mile. I did one last check of my watch and realized that I was definitely going to beat my PR, now the only question left was by how much.
I took the final turn of that track and went into a full-out sprint for the finish line
old goal. I know I said I wanted to beat my PR in Fox Cities this year...it looks like I have a new goal to chase!