Becci and I ran the March Madness Half Marathon in Cary on Monday. It was a perfect weekend - just over 30 degrees at the start, in the 40’s during the race, and gloriously sunny - so we feel like we won big time, considering March weather can be such a gamble!
We both had a terrific race. About 7 miles into the race I was feeling fantastic, so Becci encouraged me to kick out ahead. Halfway through I was on pace to run a 2:03, but I had some more gas in the tank so I thought I could whittle that down a bit.
Despite some monstrous hills, the most cruel of which at the end was more than a quarter mile long in its steep rise, I kept pushing the pace. Around mile 11 I realized I could clock 2:00. I poured it on for the last half mile and came in at 2:00:00 exactly. (Actually, my Garmin watch captured 13.18 miles in 2:00:00 so you do the math).
Awesome race, awesome day, awesome course. And the speedwork is really working. Best part of the day besides meeting my goal? The chocolate chip-walnut-sea salt cookies I had made Saturday and wolfed down sitting in the sunshine outside the car, post-race.
Next race is May 3, the Great Western Half.