The Helvetia Half Marathon 2010 was incredible! It got me all excited about running another half marathon this summer. My goal was to finish all 13.1 miles in less than 2:30. I had finished the Tacoma Half Marathon last summer in about 2:45, so I figured this was a reasonable goal. I admit, I was afraid to talk about my goal, though, because I didn't know if I could do it. The course has a reputation for hills and I was pretty sure my training had prepared me. I ran the first 8 miles faster than I expected and was way ahead of my goal pace until a nearby runner exclaimed, "Only 5 more miles!" Gross. I did not want to think about another 5 miles at that point. I slowed down. The last three miles my partner went ahead (and ultimately finished 4 minutes before I did) and I alternated between running and walking because running slower just felt terrible.
I love all the race excitement we have going on here at The Skinny. Alex, you inspired us all with your bi-athlon. Way to go, Katie and fellow racers on the 5K! Your next one will be even better; I wish I could run it with you. Kathy, congrats on registering for The Best Dam Race with Mark. Thanks for letting me know about it. I'm still trying to put together the rest of my race schedule for the summer. Isn't this so fun? I feel like I have a runner's high just talking about it.
What are some other races and events going on in your area? What active things are you going to get involved in this summer?