Couldn't have asked for a better day for a race. I could've asked for a lot more training going into it, though.
After not being able to find the key for my bike lock, I was late in cruising downtown for the race start. After locking up my bike, I had a good 3 minutes before the half marathon started. Good thing I didn't need to use the restrooms or anything.
The first mile was crowded and easy, but I didn't think I was going to go any faster than that - and it was somewhere in the 9:20 range. It all slipped downhill from there - I didn't walk until after the 5 mile mark, but definitely took some walk breaks after that. At the 12 mile mark, I decided I was going to run the rest of the way in and see what I could do a mile in at that point. It was up near the 9:50 range. My overall time was 1:16:23, a 10:26 average pace and my worst road half marathon time ever by 3 minutes or so. (And 48 minutes slower than my PR here last year.)
Guess that's what comes from injury, laziness and lack of motivation. I've also got about 50 extra pounds that I didn't have at this time last year. Feels like running with a toddler strapped to the front of me. And looking at my training log for the first 4 months of this year, my monthly totals were 26, 27, 18 and 3. Miles. Total. For the month.
So it probably wasn't a good idea to jump right in and do this half. But this is a "legacy" run for me - I've done the half in all 5 years of the Rock 'n' River, and the Marathon de Mayo the two years previous to that. Didn't want to break the streak. That said, the injury that was bothering me at the end of last year is feeling bad again, right back to were it was. So yeah - probably wasn't the best idea.
The rest of Team Library Dork was out, though. Dave ran the 5k, Chris won the 10K despite his gimpiness, and Amber hit a 3 minute PR in the 10K. Great job out there, guys. Wish I could have represented a bit better. But at least I was out there and got it done.