The morning started off ok, it was pretty cold and partly cloudy but it wasn't supposed to rain, cold I can deal with because I would be running for the next 2+ hours which makes you hot so you know no biggie on the low temperature. The first 8 miles felt really good. At around 8.5/9 miles it started raining and the wind was blowing so the measly 46 degrees that it was felt much much colder. Then around mile 10.5/11 I started getting mild calf cramps in both legs, trying to push through because I really wanted to beat my time from 6 months ago. My phone died at mile 12 and the calf cramps were getting worse, so I decided to walk until just before the finish line, which I did. I could see the finish line so I started running, 5-10 steps in my calves seized tighter than they ever have in my life and it was excruciating. I think this was the most disappointing thing to me, I really like running across the finish line. My official time is off by at least 5 minutes because I took a small detour to my house since it was on the route to get some water. I paused my phone during that time so that I could keep an accurate run time, but then my phone died. So my time was officially 15 minutes faster than my time 6 months ago but I believe its probably about 20 minutes faster.
These girls at mile 3, the best part of the race! This is the synchronized skating team that I help coach, they manned the first water station of the race. They were so excited and all made sure they had their signs when I ran by. They gave me high fives and hugs and it definitely gave me a boost of energy!
Given all the conditions of the day, I am calling it a win. I did discover that I do like 98% of the GU flavors, I tried three new flavors on the course (Mint Chocolate, Blackberry, and Orange). My New Years Resolution this year was to complete one half marathon and now I have completed two! I think that I will do one of these longer races every 6 months just to keep myself running and focused. I know that I can do better but for now I am going to step down the running and step up some weights and yoga.