Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2014 Lake Samammish Half Marathon recap

After the race a couple weekends ago, I was driving down to Portland with my man-friend saying how happy I was with the result of the half marathon I ran that morning. He said something along the lines of "yeah, didn't you practically die at the end of your first half marathon in 2009? Now you can just bust 'em out." That is why I was so happy. I have come a long way since my first half marathon in 2009. (Sidenote: what kind of recap was that?!)

Over 5 years, I've ran numerous races, started doing triathlon, raced cyclocross and will soon race my first road bike race. Looking back though, it doesn't surprise me that I've done all these things because being a real "athlete" has been something I've always wanted to be. When I was younger I always wanted to be that girl that people associated with "being athletic" and after these five years, I feel like I've reached that. Well, I've felt that way for awhile, but this weekend solidified it.

Nuun trucker hat for the entire race!
Like I said in my previous post, my goal for the Lake Samammish Half marathon was to run the entire thing and I not only did I run the entire thing, I averaged a 8:35 pace! The race was .2 miles short, which was annoying - how do you go THAT short? Anyway, a 1:50 12.9 miler without training blew me out of the water! A couple years ago, I trained hard and attempted to go sub 2 hours on this same race and came in at 2:02. Fast forward to this year and I pull a 1:50 out of nowhere without doing more than 1 9-miler the week before. I know I have been an athlete for a long time, but being able to perform like this with little training really shows how far I've come.

Me and Casey post race


But there is always more to improve on, more to experience, more training. So here's to more growth in my athletic career!

5 comments:

  1. Way to go! I'm excited to hear how your road race goes, that is very brave I don't think I'd ever have the courage to do one of those!

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  2. I love this!!! Such a great way to recap a race! (Also, you and Casey...a great pic of two awesome people!!)

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  3. Woo hoo!! Congrats on a great race! Getting speedy!

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