I mentioned this yesterday, but my first ever halfer was in Phoenix in 2005. I ran with some friends and one friend inparticular ran with me for the first 9 miles until I finally told her "you can run up ahead of me, I'll be fine". Well, not only did she increase her pace for the last 4 miles, she finished 10 minutes before I did! My time was 2:15:27. The next year I ran it by myself and finished in 2:22:20. The GF swears it's because my coworker pushed me so hard in 2005 that there was no way I could run that same time again in 2006. I'm claiming that 2005 time regardless of how it happened because I did it and it's the fastest I've ever run a halfer.
Last year I ran Phoenix in 2:35:59! It had been 6 years since my first half and I was 15 pounds heavier. At about mile 8 of the race I wanted to just stop. I passed the GF in the crowd and saw my Seester and I thought "I should just finish now and we can all go eat!" I didn't stop and at mile 9 I was hurting so so bad. At mile 10 I finally thought I had found my finishing pace and was really truckin along at a good speed when I looked down at my feet and I was walking! OOps! I somehow picked it up and finished the race with a little bit of dignity left!
So for the 2012 race, here are my goals:
- Don't stop running (or at least don't think that I've stopped running)
- Beat last years time - If I run like I did in Vegas then I'm gonna crush my 2011 time, but if I train real hard the next 5 weeks, then I may even come close to my 2006 time!
- Increase my pace per mile - this will help the previous goal.
- Stay positive for the whole race
Do you ever feel obligated to do things once you tell people about it? I always tell people my plans so they can hold me accountable!
Has someone ever helped you get a better time in a race that you didn't think you could accomplish on your own?