I ran the Gulf Coast Half Marathon on Sunday. It was the inaugural race – so you never know – will logistics be a mess? How will the course be? Things like that. Everything was top-notch!! I was quite impressed :)
The best part of it for me was sharing it with Jon and the girls. He put them in the bike trailer and I saw them a fair amount during the race. So encouraging!! I loved hearing Sarah saying “Go Mama! Keep it up! Good job Mama!”
Here are the full race results. I ran 1:31:35 – another PR. Not the sub-1:30 that I still hope to hit 1 day – but I was happy. I was the 3rd place woman, 16th overall, and 1st in the 25-29 age group. The winning woman ran 1:26:21. I talked to her afterwards – a PR for her. She’s from Colorado and is living in Pensacola while here husband is in flight school there (okay, no wonder she ran a PR if she came from altitude AND hills!!!). The 2nd place woman was only about 20 seconds ahead of me. I was in 2nd until around mile 4, when 2 women caught me. We ran together for about a mile, and then they pulled ahead. It wasn’t until around mile 10-11 that I caught the 3rd place woman. She ended up tanking and ran 1:37.
There was a serious head wind until the turnaround. So we ran into the wind for almost 7 miles. Shew. It was TOUGH. I did draft off some people for a bit, but they pulled ahead and I was stuck by myself. That hurt. The turn around just past mile 7 sure felt incredible! Overall, I ran fairly consistent. A few miles were a bit whacked – so much so that I wonder if the mile markers were a bit off. I heard 2 different people say that their GPS watch had the race at 13.3 (rather than 13.1). But anyway! Here are my splits:
I was also running on a sore hamstring. I trimmed our hedge on Friday, and I must have used my right leg a lot for leverage because it really made my hamstring sore. So between that and the wind, I really am pleased with a 1:31:35 :)
The post race party was at Flounders (a restaurant in Pensacola Beach). It was in the back area – a huge deck that opened up onto a beach on the Bay side of Pensacola Beach. And there was a playground (a genious designed this restaurant – a playground?! Nice!!). Sarah LOVED it! :) The food was a bit much for me but Jon liked it – red beans and rice and pork chops. I ate the bagels and cookies and enjoyed the beer (which I must say, that combo sure did catch up to me – I had a KILLER headache later in the day).
Back to running … I took yesterday off and tried to run this morning. The hamstring is still pretty tight so I limped back home after less than 1/2 mile. There is just no need to push it. I don’t have another race I want to run until May 15 (a 5K) so I want this to heal rather than linger.