Seaside Half Marathon

Last Sunday, I ran the Seaside Half Marathon for the 2nd year in a row.  And I was 2nd again.  Yet this year could not have been more different! Last year I was sick and still managed to run 1:31:53 – only 18 seconds off my PR from 2010.

So this year … It was COLD!  Temps in the 30s and windy!  After getting warm in the Pensacola race a month ago, I bought arm sleeves to wear with my tank, and wore compression socks with shorts.

Lisa and I start off tucked in with a pack of 3 women and 3 men.  The 3 men are “pacing” 1 of the women with a sub-1:30 goal.  That was our goal too, and given the WIND, we were content to tuck in with them.

Mile 1 = 6:45. Perfect.

Mile 2 = 6:55.  I got nervous about slowing too much.  2 girls had pulled away.  We pulled ahead of the girl with her 3 guys pacing.

Mile 3 = 6:50.  Right where I wanted to be.  Lisa was hoping to be closer to 7 min miles and I could tell she was a bit nervous by the pace.

Mile 4 = 6:48.  I was feeling great and new I needed to go for it.  I pulled away from Lisa and started closing on the 2 lead women over the next 2 miles.  Mile 5 & 6 were 6:45 and 6:41.  I was steadily closing.  I pulled even with them as we approached the turn around.  Being an out and back, I knew they’d see me as we turned so wanted to be even with them rather than them ahead, see me closing, and get energized to pull away.  It worked – they were surprised.

The 3 of us girls ran even for a bit and then 1 of the girls fell back.  The other girl pulled right on my shoulder.  Yes, she drafted. Big time. And I got mad. I tried to slow to let her take the lead, but she slowed.  I surged and she matched it.  She was seriously driving me insane.  Yet I didn’t want to slow too much and sacrifice my time.  So I kept telling myself to run my race and not worry about her. Easier said than done!!!

Miles 7-11 were  6:34 – 6:37 – 6:37 – 6:34 – 6:44.

I kept thinking I needed to pull away but just couldn’t.  I was also internally beginning to freak out about my time!

Mile 11 – 6:21. She was still right with me.

Mile 12 – 6:21. We were killing it!

We’re coming through Watercolor, I see the 1/2 mile to go sign, and I think I am pulling away ever so slightly.  This is my day I think!  HOLY FREAKING COW.  She turned on rockets and dropped me like no body’s business!  And honestly, at that point, I didn’t even care. I had NOTHING left and simply fought to get to the finish line.  Apparently I looked right at my family but I have no recollection of seeing them.


For real, I could NOT believe it!  I had gotten 2nd by a mere 13 seconds – but I had run a 4+ minute PR!!!  3 years and baby #3 later – I SMASHED my PR from 2010!

Leading up to the race, all I could think about was sub-1:30.  Looking at the McMillian calculator from my 15K time, it predicted a 1:28:40 and I thought oh that’s not possible!!

So to run 1:27:22 – a 6:40 pace – I was over the moon!  Yes, wining would have been awesome and it getting 2nd 2 years in a row is a bit of a dud, but I’ll take it!  I know I gave it every single ounce in me and had absolutely nothing left.

This race is probably tied with Boston for my favorite race ever :)


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3 responses to “Seaside Half Marathon

  1. Awesome race. Congrats.

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