My time for the half-marathon was 2 hours 22 minutes and 7 seconds. That is a 10:50 minute per mile pace. Not great, but better than last year! I accomplished all three of my goals, so that is a plus. The minus is that it was awful! It just did not feel right the whole time I was running. Usually during a long run I have a good amount of time that I'm feeling in the groove. Not so today. Every mile was difficult! But I say that makes it even better that I kept pushing through to finish it.
I have two theories as to why it wasn't as good as it could have been. One is that I went to a friend's birthday party yesterday. Even though I was being careful to hydrate, I wasn't careful about eating healthy foods. I had chips and salsa, guacamole, hummus, olive bread with chevre spread etc. Yummy, but maybe not the best fuel for running. And my other idea is that I started out too fast at the beginning. I usually run a 10:30 minute mile and for the first 3 miles my friend and I were doing 10 minute miles. My body could feel the difference, and even though I slowed down after that I think it might have made the rest of the race more difficult. But on the bright side, I finished 127 out of 228 in my age group, so I beat 101 ladies between the ages of 30 and 34. And I finished 1471 out of 2303 overall.
I only have a picture of me before the run, and that is probably for the best because I was super sweaty when it was over. Dan and the kids just barely missed me at the finish line (I am too fast for them!) and he forgot the camera so there are no after photos. When I get the professional one of me crossing the finish line I will decide if it looks good enough to post here. ;)