[Oh they totally gave me a shout out over the finish line for coming all the way from Raleigh!]
You bet your ass I finished! Official time?
2:44. Two minutes slower than the OBX half last November. Then why do I feel better about this race? Overall, this was a stronger performance for me. I felt healthier, stronger, and faster. Here's how the two races compare for me.
I don't think this is the most accurate interpretation of the elevation differences between races. The Atl 13.1 was hilly! I meant there were massive hills throughout the race. OBX was flat with the exception of the massive bridge. Atl made me feel strong because I rocked all the hills! I mean when someone passes you on a hill, it's a bit depressing. When you pass them later on the hill, it feels like you're the most badass person in the world.
I think my improvement is obvious based on the split breakdown. I almost had all negative splits in Atl!! That was one of my biggest downfalls of the OBX half. I started off too quick. I learned from that mistake and definitely improved in Atlanta. I don't like that 13 min. mile in mile 2 or mile 10. My mentality for the race was to not focus on my pace though. Ultimately it paid off. I focused on being strong. Being proud. Being lucky. Being there in the moment. My feet connecting with the ground (a la yoga style) and just being. I didn't stop. I didn't get calf cramps. I even sprinted (my version of sprinting) to the finish line. I couldn't be more proud. My two best splits were at the END of the race and while tackling some massive hills. Lesson learned? It took my one crappy race to make the next better. AND time is never the most important.
I have never felt so good about myself after a race.
I am strong. Because I can run.
I am proud. Because I can do this.
I am lucky. Because I can not only run on my own two legs, but I can do it for over 13 fucking miles!
So when is the next race?