I have to admit... we didn't really train for this one. We had the best of intentions when we signed up back in June, but between our summer activities, moving across three states and getting settled back in at home? It just didn't happen.
Nonetheless, we'd gotten in a few good runs and at least worked up to 6 miles on our long runs. We were excited because this is one of my favorite half marathons (and my 8th time to run it, having done it every year since it started), and it was Adam's first time to run it.
It was a cool morning, but we were thrilled it wasn't pouring down rain - as most of the week the forecast called for that! We knew we needed to take it easy, and we started off from the very beginning by walking every mile for a minute or so.
One of the things I love about this race is that I always see lots of people I know, and this was no exception. It really gave me a sense of being home... running a race through my college town, seeing friends from over the years, and now running it with my husband.
We actually felt pretty good the whole time. I definitely think taking walk breaks each mile from the start was a wise decision for us. By about mile 9, we were taking them a bit more often, but I was still really pleased with how well we were progressing.
Before long, we made it to the finish line! We finished with Adam's second fastest half marathon time, something I think we can be proud of considering we didn't really train as well as we would have liked.
After the race, we found my sister and then hung around chatting with friends for a bit. My mom was walking it so we had a little time to kill as we waited on her to finish. We were thrilled to have some pizza and a coke from the post-race food... definitely spot on after being out there in the damp weather running for a few hours!
Meanwhile, this is how Adam felt as we waited.
But we were still both proud to finish! This was Adam's third half, and it was my 26th. I think. It's hard to keep count these days. This was my slowest finish time at this event, but I truly don't even care about the time... it's just fun getting out there and getting it done.
It was fun hanging out with my sister as we waited on mom and her friend to finish.
All in all, it was a really fun race (as always), and it was so much fun getting to run my favorite half with my husband! I can't tell you how many times I ran this race in the first few years and thought about how awesome it would be to someday run it with him, even before I knew Adam would be my husband! It's definitely really cool to make it happen. He claims he's done with half marathons, but I have a feeling I'll be able to talk him into this one again.