I ran my first half marathon a couple weeks ago. I am so slow at posting. It was an awesome experience! I can't wait to do another one. I ran this race with a great friend!
My friend picked me up at 6am. Side note: I had my alarm set for 6am. I figured that would give me plenty of time to get dress and eat breakfast before my friend picked me up. Well, I didn't have to worry about not having enough time since I woke up at 4:30. That is just too early. I still didn't eat breakfast until about 6am. The race start was at 7am so that may have been cutting it close but it worked out okay for me.
We got to the race at about 6:20, easily found parking and headed to the starting line to join the thousands of other runners getting ready for the race. I ran into another friend at the starting line so we started the race with her.
We decided we wanted to start out running 8 min per mile. We did a great job of holding that pace for the first few miles then I started to get excited and push the pace a little. We ran the next few miles at 7:30-7:45 pace. We hit a nice long hill and slowed down a bit. I was feeling pretty good but decided before the race that I wanted to run the whole race with my friend so I stay with her and continued to chat. We talked the entire run. Perhaps we would have run faster if we hadn't talked so much.
Pace: 8:16 per mile