Sunday, January 13, 2008

It's Official

It's official, Beth and I completed the 2008 Aramco Half-Marathon this morning. This was our second time to run in the race and we definitely had a better showing this time around. We woke up this morning at 4:35 a.m. to leave by 5 a.m. We got to downtown Houston by 5:30 a.m. and realized we had an hour before we were supposed to line up for our race. Downtown was crazy with over 25,000 runners and volunteers(that's not counting all the spectators) all over the place. Inside the George R. Brown Convention Center is where most of the runners holed up while waiting for their race to start. There were church services for every religion, a mini Starbucks, and water and Gatorade for any racer who needed to quench their pre-race thirst. It was definitely a sight to see and even Beth and I who are avid runners felt a little out of place at times with all the ultra-serious runners everywhere. We've come to realize that just b/c someone comes across as an ultra-serious runner, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are any faster than us. They just take running very seriously. I guess we just don't take ourselves too seriously(which is why I think we have so much fun).

Now to the results. There were 8304 runners in the half-marathon and Beth finished with a time of one hour, thirty seven minutes and forty seven seconds. This put her in 396th place overall(men and women) and 90th out of all women. So needless to say, pretty dang impressive. Beth maintained a pace of 7:27/mile over the 13.1 miles. Her time was over nine minutes faster this time than last time we ran.

I ran the 13.1 miles in one hour, thirty six minutes, and sixteen seconds. This put me 347th place overall and 269th for all men. My time was also over nine minutes faster than last time. I maintained a pace of 7:20/mile. Beth and I ran together the entire time except for the last mile when I ran off on my own. I was wearing my Sooners shirt and Beth her Longhorn shirt so we got some great comments from the crowd as we ran. Sorry, but we don't have anymore pictures than the one below of our race bibs, medal, and finisher shirt. Beth's parents were our official photographers the last time we ran, but they were out of town this year.

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