So as you can see from the photo above, I finished the Frederick Half, but my Garmin did not. As it popped up the screen to alert me that I hit the 13 mile mark, it froze. Of course, that was on a walk break, so it froze showing a 16:22 pace. Nice. It couldn’t have frozen on one of those fast downhills and made me look like a speed demon.
I let the battery die, and it seems to be working okay now. Will have to test it out on some runs over the next few weeks. I can’t have killed another Garmin so soon!
But anyway, the race!
I was not prepared for this race. I wasn’t prepared at all. I ran back to back halfs at the beginning of April, and then pretty much didn’t run for the rest of the month. I was sick, then I was injured. I don’t think I put in more than 5 miles. So I wasn’t expecting much out of this race. My plan was just to get through it.
I do really love this race, though. It’s a great course, winds through a lot of lovely neighborhoods in Frederick, and while there are some hills, what goes up must come down. Also, it’s local enough that I always end up seeing friends there.
My plan initially was to run with some friends, but I realized early on that I was going to end up pushing their pace, though inadvertently. While I didn’t expect to be able to hold a decent pace for the entire race, I also didn’t want to screw up their race, so when they stopped for a bathroom break in the first mile, I headed off.
I found myself wishing I had brought headphones, because I was suddenly all alone. But I don’t typically carry them, and honestly prefer to just chat with people as I run. Luckily, I wasn’t alone for long. I made a new friend along the course and she definitely pushed me to continue on through the race. It was so much fun to have someone to chat with. Running is a strange sport that way, but it has been such a great way to make new friends. By the end of the race, I had made a promise to find her on Facebook and now I’m sure we’ll see each other at races.
I really don’t think I would have kept up my intervals if it weren’t for her. I would have given up and slogged the rest of the way in. I couldn’t believe it when I got my finishing time. 3:06:50! Okay, so I’m not beating any speed records and it’s well off my PR, but for a fairly untrained race, I was impressed. And I had a great time as well!
But I have to admit, I’m so glad to not have any more half marathons for a few months. I’m looking forward to focusing on triathlon training and maybe running 10ks or so on the weekends.