An awful lot has happened since Princess Half Marathon back in February… let’s take a short trip down memory lane.
I signed up for this race, even though it fell on my 8mi taper day (tapering for Tinkerbell Half Marathon), because I wanted to use it for proof of time for the Disney Marathon in January 2018. My goal finish time was 2:00 even. I did up a pace bracelet, I had been training, I felt ready and felt like this goal was within reach.
Unfortunately, I ended up with a horrible cold the week before the race and was unable to hit my goal time of 2:00. However, considering how crummy I felt, I managed to pull this one off in 2:04:51. It’s not going to cut it for Disney POT, but I’m still very proud of myself!
The course itself was lovely. It started at Arms Park in Manchester, went behind Delta Dental Stadium, and ended up on the Piscataquog Trail and Goffstown Rail Trail, which is where I did all of my training last fall for my first half marathon. I love it back there! This race was nice because the field was small, and they had medals. Who can resist bling?? (Answer: not me.)
Here’s a small selection of some of my favorites from the day:
Fun facts: I was only three people away from being the last finisher, and I was dead last in my age group. This race was full of some freaking speedy people! I’m not the fastest runner, but I’m normally a middle-of-the-pack runner. Not this race. WOWZA.
I must say, one of my favorite things about my running group, She Runs This Town NH, is that I saw so many lovely, familiar faces along the trail, both runners AND volunteers. The support was great! And some ladies were kind enough to catch action shots of me at the finish line, which I appreciated, because I can see what my form looks like at the end of a race (which I’m glad to say, was still pretty good!).
Are you a lone ranger at races, or do you look forward to seeing familiar faces?