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I ran my first half marathon of 2019 last month- the Publix Florida Half Marathon. (Read my review HERE.)
Before the race I posted about 5 things that I wanted to happen. This is a follow-up on that post.
So my Topic this week is: Five Things That Did Not Happen During This RACE
1. Good Weather
Nope. Pouring rain, heat, wind, 99% humidity. UGH!!!
On a positive note, it was the only day of my vacation that I did not enjoy great weather.
2. No pain.
Around mile 5, I started getting a blister on one foot and shortly after, the bottom of the other foot started to ache. And as you know, if you read my blog, the day after, my calf got injured while walking along the beach (could be related to the race … or not)
3. Ocean Views
Well, I think there were ocean views. At least there was water but too cloudy, foggy to see a single thing!!
At least I got a closer look after the race until it started to downpour again.
4. Age Group Award
At my age, this is always a possibility. If I didn’t give up during the second half of the race (6 minutes slower than the first half), I could have won an award. Coming in 4th is frustrating.
5. Finish under 2:15.
Not expecting a PR (under 2:06:52) since I did not train for one. But 2:15 was doable. Believe it or not, my finish time was slower than my super hilly half in November. How is that possible?
Of course there were lessons learned like with every race/experience:
- You can’t control the weather. Just deal with it.
- Wear compression sleeves even it is hot because you always do.
- Not all races are scenic. At least there was lots of music and good food at the end.
- Anything can and will happen during a race. Can’t predict finish times even on the same course.
- You can’t win them all. Even if you run a great race, awards depend on who shows up. If you run a bad race, you may even win.
Happy Running! Do you have any goals for your first BIG race or any race in 2019? If you raced already, did you meet all or any of your goals? What did you learn from the experience? Please share.