Last year my plan was to run 4 half marathons in October. Life did not work out that way. I was very lucky to do one half and finish. This year I was determine to try again. I could only find 3 halves that were with in driving distance. So 3 it would be!
Up first was the Mahoning Shadow Shuffle Half Marathon in Punxsutawney. This was a rails to trails and mostly flat course. On the drive up I got really sick. I was not sure if I had a flu or just car sick. Luckily it turned out to be car sick and I got better as I ran. What? You thought I wouldn't ran? HA!
I took it easy for the first 6.5 miles. I did not want to burn out. At the turn around I realized I might just be able to get in the top 10. That made me run a little bit faster. A few more miles down the road I came upon a runner who was walking then running really fast, then repeating. I asked if he was okay. He said that he was and that he had to run that way because of his knee. I told him that he could take his time because he was going to finish under 2 hours. That was my goal. He said that at his pace he was going to get under 1:50.
Well that means I can get under 1:50. That was boost I needed. I took off. Each mile was a little bit faster. I was hitting close to a 7 minute mile in mile 12. I was so going to hurt tomorrow. I finished in 1:47:52. 12th overall and 3rd in my age group.