|Adam and I at race start|
The race started about a half hour late (apparently the changes to the course and reliance on the light rail made it hard for everyone to get to the start line). Adam and I got off to a good start. I made sure that we strictly follow our run/walk pattern. I was feeling great. Around mile 11, Adam started flagging. Our run pace was starting to slow and our walk section took a little longer to end. I ended up getting a few minutes ahead of Adam by the 13.1 mile mark. So, when he caught up to me at that point--he told me to go ahead and so I did (I felt a bit like a bad wife at that point).
The second half of the race continued to go well for me. I felt really good until about mile 22. I ran in some new compression socks and they really seemed to help keep my legs fresh and free from cramping (I usually cramp up around mile 10 in a half marathon). At that point, my feet were really tired and I started slowing down. I kept up with the 5-2 pattern and I finished strong. After I collected my stuff, I went back up the course to find Adam. Once I found him, I helped him run/walk him in the last mile to the finish--that's right I ran/walked an extra two miles (I felt like a much better wife at that point)!
I finished in 5:17 and I really think I could improve on that time (though my time on Sunday was nearly a full 30 minutes faster than my first marathon). More importantly, I wasn't freaking out about the race. I was calm and I had no doubt that I would finish.
I haven't really been training for the full marathon distance. I ran a half in December and a 10k on January 1, but nothing longer. I really don't think that running the distance is as important as doing consistent cardio and strength training.
I also think that I will be able to finish the marathon at the end of the Ironman with at least a little bit of running. Now, I just need to get a century ride in so that I can really get a feel for being on the bike that long.
Next up--Ragnar in February and the Phoenix 1/2 marathon in March!