A1A Half Marathon Recap!
A part of me is honestly just in shock that I’ve now run FIVE half marathons! It’s an accomplishment that I’m really proud of.
Yesterday’s A1A Half was actually the first half that I didn’t PR, but I still had a really nice morning…. minus miles 6 through 9 when I had a stitch in my side that just would not ease up. Bleh!
I ended up with a 3:01 finishing time which is good enough for my second fastest half!
Considering I crossed the finish line with 31.1 miles on my legs for the week I’m really happy with how my legs felt throughout the race. They held up and did their job!
So, get this, I set my alarm for 3:30am on Sunday that way I would have time to eat breakfast and digest it before I walked over to the starting area to get in line for the port o’s.
I guess I must have turned my alarm off instead of hitting snooze because I ended up waking up at 4:38!!!! I was panicked but I still made it out the door just after 5am. If I had woken up any later I might not have made it!
Since the half started at 6am we all had a pretty great view on the sunrise over the beach.
Sorry the pic is slanted but I took it mid-stride! I couldn’t help myself though, I HAD to take it. You know I love my beach sunrise pics! 🙂
There’s not much to tell you about the race since I ended up just running most of it at a pace that felt nice and easy knowing I probably wasn’t going to PR. There were no super lows or big highs. The morning was gorgeous and I just generally enjoyed myself! It was the perfect ending to my half marathon season!
I do remember thinking how different this race felt in comparison to Miami. At Miami I just felt so ON. I just keep reminding myself that not every race can be a PR day even though it would be really nice if that was the case!
As a beginning runner it was “easy” to keep on PRing. Now I’m going to actually have to work hard for it! I’m ready to do that though!!
My next race will be the Race for PAWS 5K/10K! I’m really excited to say that the race now has an official sponsor: waggle! Their generous donation will provide much needed medicine and IV fluids to the dogs and cats at PAWS Chicago!
Waggle is an iOS app for dog parents that allows you to create a profile for your dog and then track the activities you do together!
You can also use the app to find dog friendly parks, beaches and other public places.
After I’ve had a chance to check out the app for myself I’ll be doing a thorough review for you! The app is FREE so check it out for yourself if you have a doggie!
Also a big shoutout to the new runners who have signed up to join the virtual race:
- Megan from Meg Go Run has two fluffy kitties that will someday have a playdate with Cecil! Meg’s blog is just one of the best out there! She keeps it real, runs fast and lifts like a boss!
- Jess from Fairweather Runner is a super smart runner that double majored in Religion and International Relations with a focus on democratization in the Middle East. She is gearing up to race the
Run the Bluegrass HalfLivermore Half next month! Even more importantly, she has signed up to run the Miami Half next year! I can’t wait to have someone to hang out in the corrals with!
- Cori from She’s Going the Distance and I graduated high school together! Neither of us were runners then, but LOOK AT US NOW! Actually just check out Cori and read this post about how she PR’d 9 half marathons in a row! It’s a good one!
Thank you to everyone who has joined so far!!!!
I hope you had a great weekend!