Well, I did it. I finished the New Jersey Half Marathon in 1:45:57, about a minute off of my goal of 1:45 flat.
I was running 7:50 pace through 8 miles, and then my watch died. I have no idea what I ran for miles 9-13; I just know 9 and 10 were fast (probably too fast) and 11, 12 and 13 were veeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeery slow.
I’m not totally sure how I feel right now. Last year was a really awful year for me in a lot of ways, and even just finishing this race should have been sweet redemption. But I’m also a really competitive person, and I’m feeling a little bummed. The 1:45 pacer passed me in the last mile and I was totally out of juice. All I could do was watch her go.
I think I did the best I could with what I had. I just wish I had had a little bit more.
I don’t mean to sound totally negative; I did have a ton of fun with my friend which was what I was really, really looking forward to. I think I just need a couple of days to process the race and figure out what’s going to be next for me! When I have, I’ll post a full recap.
Thanks so much to everyone that texted or called or messaged me to wish me luck on Sunday. When I started to fall apart I thought of all the people rooting for me, and it got me to that line. I truly appreciate the support!
I also want to congratulate everyone else who raced this weekend; especially my good good friend Crystal Burnick, who FREAKING WON BROAD STREET ON SUNDAY (<–that video = #relationshipgoals). It was horrible weather in PA/NJ so an extra special congrats to all the Broad Street, Pittsburgh, NJ Marathon runners!