Yesterday I ran the Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon. It was a gorgeous day and I was anxious/excited/nervous to see what I could do. My training has been going really well, and I knew I had it in me to go sub 1:30 for the first time.
The race was very well organized. Packet pick-up was fast, the race started right on time, and the water stations were excellent. The race was an out-and-back course, and I took an energy gel at the turn around as well as water throughout. The temperature was in the upper 50’s to low 60’s, which you could argue is a tiny bit warm but it was pretty ideal. The only negatives were the long walk from the parking area to the start and we had to wait 2 hours after the race for awards, but we got to enjoy some relaxing time by the lake.
I felt great almost the whole race, and my pace was really consistent despite many rolling hills. The last couple miles got hard, but I was able to finish strong and had a great sprint at the end. I was thrilled to have a final time of 1:28:48.
Below are my mile splits. My last mile was the fastest (downhill and almost at 5k pace), and I only had one mile over 7 minute pace (which was all uphill). I made sure not to go out too fast, and it certainly helped that I memorized the course beforehand.
I am currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. The night before the race I read this sentence and it stuck with me the whole time I was running: “Failure is a feeling long before it becomes an actual result.” Running and life are very similar - you go through tough patches, sometimes you feel like you can’t keep up, and you have moments where you think you aren’t going to achieve your goals. It’s important to remember even if you feel like you can’t do something, perhaps if you just stick with it you can.
I know life isn’t always filled with sunshine and success, so I am really happy with my performance. I know the hard work it took to get there, and I love the process of working towards goals. I’m looking forward to what’s next and all the miles ahead. Hope you have a great week!