It wasn’t pretty, but I ran the Rehoboth Beach half marathon today in 1:58:40.
Here are the positives-
- I did not have a single issue with my knee!!
- The course is beautiful and so runnable
- My friend ran a PR and so did I!
- Perfect amount of water stops
The negatives (and there are only a few)
- The parking
- They ran out of running bags and running swag-sorry but I really hate that especially since I paid $140 for the race.
I plan to eliminate both these issues next year by staying in a hotel close by (night before race packet pick-up) and signing up right when registration opens. It will be much cheaper.
My only physical complaint were my calves. The left calf was worse than the right but very tight around mile 10 and still are! Going to foam roll.
I ran the race in 1:58:40. Was I happy with that time? Honestly, even though I am just coming off an injury, I was hoping to be in the 1:48 to 1:50 range.
Initially, I was disappointed. However, I am working on this thing called happiness. I should really be thrilled with the fact that I ran injury free and an under 2 hour half marathon. So, I am. Simple as that!
Below are my splits and they are pretty telling.
As you can see, my pace was pretty good (for me) until mile 8 when the wheels fell off. I signed up pretty late for this race and only had 3 weeks to complete long runs. This data shows me that I can definitely improve. Look for an upcoming post where I talk about my upcoming plans to do just that.