Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oklahoma Aquarium Run

Tony and I planned on doing a half marathon together back on April 11th, but his mom had to go out of town last minute and I ended up running solo. 

Tony ran this race a few years ago and didn't love to course because it had some decent hills. They have since changed the course and it was really pretty flat, out and back for the most part on the south River Parks trails. They also have a 5k and 10k which made the beginning miles kind of crowded, but it was only for the first few miles. 

I feel like I actually did some good training work starting about 6 weeks before the race and worked up to 12 miles for a long run and did 10 a few times. I also hadn't done a half since 2009!  We were on the marathon kick for awhile and having kids left me doing fewer races. 

I forgot how much I like the distance of a half though. It's long enough but you can run at a quick pace. Plus it doesn't take as long to train for it!  I hope to do more soon. Needless to say, I ran my best time and placed 1st in my age group, 3rd female, and 11th overall with a time of 1:35:19 (7:17 pace). I was surprised with my time and how good I felt having not done a race in awhile. 
It started to rain right after the race, so I didn't get any pics with my cheering section!  Tony got all of them out to see me at mile 9 or so and then they were at the finish. Cole was yelling and gave me a high five when I ran by. Doesn't get much better than that!

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