I am in pursuit of running a sub 2 half marathon. I have run 3 this month. April Fools Half in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Delaware Marathon and Running Festival in Wilmington, Delaware and Greensboro Half in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The April Fools Half was my first half since my surgery. In all honesty, I was testing the waters. I wanted to see how my back would hold up. I chose to do the Galloway Method for this race. The weather was BRUTAL to the least. It was cold with 50 mph wind gusts that were blowing sand across the Boardwalk into our faces. I had an issue at mile 12 and finished with a time of 2:27.
I was not happy with the time but I considered the circumstances and was happy that I finished. The highlight of my day was seeing my running friend Hollie who is awesome and blogs at (Fueled by Lolz) leading and winning. Congratulations again Hollie!
My second race was the Delaware Marathon and Running Festival. This race is held annually on Mother’s Day. I normally volunteer with my boys but decided to run it this year. I chose to run the half marathon. It had been raining almost all week and the weather was cool….well until race day. The sun was shining and the weather warmed up quickly. Mile 8 was where the trouble began. I had an asthma attack. The hills kicked my butt! I told myself to take it easy for the rest of the race and walk the hills. I walked the hills, felt ok and finished with a time of 2:09. I missed my sub 2 by 9 minutes but was 18 minutes better than April Fools. I’m getting closer.
My third race was in Greensboro. So, my friends and I travelled to North Carolina to run. This is the 6th state that I have run in. We spent the weekend there. Food, shopping, fellowship and running with my girls. I was looking for the sub 2. My friends were very encouraging. They kept saying, “You’ve got this!” I was hoping that I could do it as well. The race was well organized but the course could have been better. The park was beautiful and scenic however the pathway was slanted in some areas and broken in others. I tripped once and almost turned my ankle twice. The part that scared me the most was one bridge with a clearance of 5’7” and I was worried about hitting my head. Luckily, I didn’t.
Mile 9, I had an asthma attack. The hill turnaround at mile 7 triggered it. I had my inhaler and kept pushing through it. I finished with a time of 2:04. Five minutes better than the last race.
I am going to see a pulmonologist and get my exercise-induced asthma under control. I am determined to get my sub 2!
What is your racing goal? Have you reached it? What has helped or hindered you getting there?