|My picture with the cow|
On Oct. 2nd I ran a half marathon in beautiful downtown St. Chuck with over 1500 runners. I will admit to feeling a little out of place. Runners are definitely different then cyclists.
|Had a hard time getting 1500 people to pose|
Jim was there, on his bike, to offer encouragement. The Cliff notes version is ....... I was doing great until mile 8.5. My first mile was well under 9 minutes. My four mile split was 35:37, still under 9 minute miles.
|Trying to stay with the pack|
By mile 8 I had slowed to a 9:19 pace. I was trying to conserve a little energy so I could have a strong finish. Just before mile 9, the hamstring started to act up. I had been having problems, for a couple weeks before the run, with my right hammie. It was only right that it should act up today.
By mile 10 I had to stop and stretch. I must have looked like a wounded duck trying to keep moving forward. It wasn't pretty. I have a lot of respect for runners. Running is hard on the body. It takes practice to run efficiently and fast. I am still working on that.
|Beautiful Lake to run by|
My official finish time was 2:14:35. To put it in perspective.... I was #871 out of 1,407 finishers. I was #382 of 783 females and #61 of 135 in the 40-45 category. Not bad for a cyclist.
I received a sweet medal for finishing and an awesome cowbell and tech long sleeve t-shirt. I will be back next year. I am not going to stop running, that would be silly.