Yep, it was an early one, and this was after one snooze session. :(
After picking up Sam at 5:20 we all headed off to New Glasgow (Sam, Matt and I). It was a beautiful day weather-wise unlike the torrential downpours of last year.
First stop-bib pickup! Then we scoped out the start/finish area.
|Fun Fact: This lady chatting with Running Emcee Mark was looking for someone willing to pace her to a sub 3:35. I'm so super curious if she did it!|
Hey look, it's Melissa!
Hey guys! lol
We watched the full marathoners start and then we had to wait an hour for the half marathon to begin. *Sigh* An extra hour for the humidity to rise and the sun to gain strength. I am not a hot temp runner...not even a little bit.
|Full marathoners ready to go!|
|more full marathoners|
|A bunch of us runners were chatting at the start line about how it just feels 'wrong' to hear a different voice over the mike when Mark's not there.|
Matt and I before. :)
With a jammed start we lined up shoulder to shoulder. I love the atmosphere at Johnny Miles. I always feel the sense of summer's arrival, the end of a school year nearing and that awesome feeling of recognising my health for allowing me to do what I love. No matter how I perform, I always love Johnny.
At the sound of the horn, I knew I wasn't in peak training form but my mind was set on running my best. My Chicago training plan had a long run of 11 miles on the agenda for today but I crossed out my short run for yesterday since I'd push the pace a bit for 13.1 miles today.
|Steve's wife Allison always gets great shots of us on the run! Thanks again!!|
I knew that this wouldn't be an easy peesy half today but I thought I'd push through and try to maintain a sub 8 min pace if doable. There were lots of distractions along the way since we do a double loop. I saw a few people I knew who bellowed out my name, which obviously was cool, lol. I love the trail section that lies adjacent to the lake/river? There are wild roses there and they smell so pretty! Every so often someone would yell "Lookin' strong!" I'd give them an eyebrow, which they couldn't see through my glasses and thank them, lol. I told one guy "Yeah, well I feel like crap!" and he burst into laughter...lol. Glad I could make someone smile today. ;)
|Allison snapped this while I ran under the bridge. I love this part! People up above are always so supportive, and loud! :D|
|So thirsty!!!! 1:42 and change for 1/2 marathon #22 :)|
And just because, here's the elevation profile via my Strava account:
|A pretty flat run with rolling sections.|
I had a great day today at my 7th Johnny event! It's a must-do to add to your race list. ;)
Any running success stories to share from the weekend?
How was your run at Johnny???
Thanks for stopping by GGR and have a beautiful evening!