In spite of all of the other stuff that is going on in my life these days, my life as a runner is really taking off. I completed my 4th half marathon in a row (5th overall) and to think, I hadn’t run a serious distance just a few months ago. I participated in the Malibu International Half Marathon yesterday and I honestly had a great time. The setting was beautiful and, surprisingly, my performance was my best yet. In my wildest dreams, I was hoping that someday I’d complete a full marathon in 2 hours … yesterday morning, I surprised myself by running the full 13.1 distance in a mere 1:51 minutes! Trust me, no one is more shocked than I am.
I honestly thought that yesterday’s half would be my most leisurely because I was not going to focus on time. I ran the race alone (as opposed to with friends) so I plugged in my earphones and just ran my heart out. I managed to keep up a pretty fast pace by not even thinking about it. Somewhere around mile 5 I surprised myself not only that I was almost half way done (in seeming no time) but my average pace was in the low 8 minute mile range. I tried not to think about it and just focused on the music, on the scenery and on the runners around me. Thankfully they were keeping a fast pace because by keeping up with them, I managed to run faster than ever before. I haven’t received my official finish time yet but my very accurate watch said I completed the half marathon in 1:51:54. It was almost a very perfect day. Almost.
So … my half marathons are done. I only have one 10K to run next week on Thanksgiving day in Detroit. My BFF Sarah is running the Detroit Turkey Trot with me so that should be fun. Then, I fly my buns to Honolulu, HI in early December for my first full marathon. I have some maintenance runs to do in the meantime so … no rest for the weary. All this running tho, it makes for a great distraction.