Well that went much better than anticipated!
Let's back track to yesterday:
Lola and I enjoyed some quality snuggle time in bed after Matt got up. <3
Then I headed out to sneak in an easy paced 10km run before the storm hit. :( I ran at an average of 8:13 pace/mile on the hilly bus route with full intentions of running today's half marathon as a good training run, and not guts out if you recall someone saying, (cough).
|Wipers are up in anticipation of the snow and freezing rain.|
Well snow it did and even some howling winds to go along with it!
Nevertheless, I shovelled a whole 3 and a half feet of the driveway width this morning, lol or in other words just enough to squeeze my tiny car out and headed over to pick up Marg.
|We were quite pleased with the road and trail conditions upon arrival. Hey, it couldn't possibly be worse than last year!|
|In case you're wondering on my layering dilemma, I am only wearing a bra and tank under my jacket, lol. Marg also changed her outer layer!|
"I smell a PR in the air!" ;)
The route for the Hypo. 1/2 is a double out and back route along the paved COLTA trail in Halifax. I know this trail well and have run MANY miles on it. I also knew that from where we started it would be a steady gradual incline for the next few miles, BUT we'd also get to zoom down and take total advantage of the decline as well. ;)
Can we just take a second to notice these super classy sweat marks?!?! LOL.
|Tim Chesnutt was once again out on course taking many awesome photos. Thanks!|
I LOVED that I could see several running buds along the route because of the course layout. :)
I felt pretty solid and strong during the first out and back but on the second part I could feel a little slug in my step along the climb. At around 9.75 miles I popped a gel, the only flavour I had left-eew, strawberry banana (gag) and took a Gatorade from Natalie who was volunteering!!! Then I was on my way to the finish.
I kept checking my Garmin and saw my pace quickening, which I thought was weird, and then I said, "You know what?! I can crack 1:40 today!!!" And that became my mission with only 5km left.
I must have really picked up the pace because I finished in 1:36:39 (by my Garmin)!!!!!!! Hello NEW PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was beyond psyched, and exhausted since I had not had a 1/2 Marathon PR since Blue Nose May 2013!
Elevation chart and mile splits from Garmin Connect:
I am still waiting on official results but I was 10th overall according to the results ladies who were tracking runner times and everyone told me I was 3rd woman!!! So we shall see :)
Marg and I were thrilled with our runs today and we took every opportunity to show off our bling! :)
Lola was the first to greet me when I got home. <3
Ridin' the PR high!
Thanks so much to all the wonderful spectators and volunteers at today's event and thanks to the city for excellent snow clearing!
How was your Sunday RUNday???
Thanks again for popping in on the GGR blog today. Have an awesome day!