Good morning. Ran a half marathon today. Could be my worst race ever but there is a lot of competition for that title so maybe it wasn't.
My "goal" if you can call it that, was to avoid another personal worst time in a race. I started out at what felt very easy and I was hitting exactly what I wanted for the first 5.5 miles. But then everything went wrong. My calves started hurting, my back and neck started feeling sore, and I was completely out of energy. I tried to hang on for a couple miles because sometimes in my long runs I have bad spells but then finish strong. But I never felt better and to top it off, the sun came out from behind the clouds and it started warming up fast. Probably close to 70° by the finish. (It's 77° now, so the 5+ hour marathoners must be feeling it big time.)
So I shuffled and walked the last 6 miles or so and finished with a time over 5 minutes slower than my previous worst half. At first I was happy to finish. You run through the middle of Marshall University's football stadium and the give you a football to carry across the finish line. But now I am wondering if I should have just quit and gave up to avoid being so slow. I'm going to get some pizza and think about that before making a decision.
Dumb Garmin won't synch so I'm going to reboot everything and try again so I can get some numbers.
Well, if that don't beat all. My Garmin doesn't show any workouts in it's history since 7/10. So no numbers to share. I think my finish time was 2:28:50 but the marathon's website won't come up for me to check the results. When it rains, it pours.