Well, it certainly wasn't the fastest marathon or the prettiest, but I finished! After 4 weeks of practically no running and absolutely no running under a 10 minute pace, I had no ideas what was going to happen.
I made it TN with the rest of the CT Team in Training group on Thursday and we had a blast, but in the back of my mind was,"which race are you going to do; the half or the full?" I didn't decide on Thursday or Friday; I didn't even know at the start on Saturday.
I was sore from the first step; my body could tell it had been a long time since my last run. I did loosen up; but not much. However, my hip was virtually pain free! I knew at mile 11 (where we separated). I decided at about mile 18, that I was definitely in it for the long hall. (That's where we passed the finish line...). It was definitely tough and I wasn't in it for speed. I treated it as a training run, so after mile 20, I went for the run/walk method.
Final finishing time: 4:39...A definite personal worst and about an hour off my goal time. However, I held under 10 minute miles for 15 miles and I hadn't done that for 2 miles in the month prior to the race. I guess beggars can't be choosers. Regardless, it's still hard to forget that 6 weeks ago I did an 18 miler and held under a 8:20 pace.
I'm writing this, still a little sore, but mostly pain free! Vermont City Marathon is in less than a month and hopefully I'll be in speedier shape for that one.
Full report, with pictures, to come!!!
p.s. Doing an event with Team in Training rocks!!!!