Because I’ve had such a long, dry spell with racing, I kept my plans to race yesterday a little quiet. But, I’m happy to tell you that I ran the IronGirl half marathon here in town and actually hit a PR with a 1:36!
It felt so, so good to feel good out there.This isn’t an easy course, so I wasn’t entirely sure how it would go down.
The mile markers were a mess…I’d clock a 9-something one mile and then a 5-something the next, so I was a bit in the dark at points in terms of how I was doing. But I did ask a few Garmin wearers a couple of times what our pace was, and there was a clock at the half-way point. It gave me a time of 48:xx, so I knew that if I could hold my pace, I’d do ok. This was before all the climbing started, though, so that was a variable I had to weigh.
Without a doubt I slowed on those big hills, but I figured that if I just made up for it after, I’d be ok. From about mile 11 on, the course was fairly downhill, so I really pushed myself there and it paid off. I think that in some ways, not really knowing my splits worked to my advantage–I was able to just tap into what my body could do no matter where I was.
This race went a long way to restoring my faith in my fitness level. I knew it was there, but when your body fails to live up to its training, it gets hard to believe in yourself. I needed yesterday and I’m so glad I put myself out there to give it a go. I think I’ll be smiling non-stop for the next few days!
Ever have a redemption race? Please share it!