- Boo introduced himself to every tourist and homeless person he saw.
- Boo also peed on every tree, bush and rock along Fort Nashboro park area.
- No blisters from the half marathon and my nipples are intact
- No pain today, just some minor tightness.
- Saw my family and drank Jack Daniels Honey.
- Frozen strawberries were awesome after the race.
I thought about this quite a bit on the drive back to Chicago. My final time was 2:37:30. Did I do as well as I thought I could have? No. I thought I could run the half in 2:30:00, but the sun and heat were major factors. So were the hills, but hills are manageable in cooler weather. Hell, cloud cover would have been nice! In all honesty, I was a bit bummed about some of my performance.
Many of the water stations were packed and you had to stop, or walk slowly, to get water. Most stops, I grabbed two waters; one for drinking and the other to help cool me off. In the last mile or two, I walked thru some turns due to traffic and, again, to help cool me. I did walk up a portion of James Robertson Parkway (that was the last uphill before the downhill to the finish).
An on-line friend, Tim, gave me words of encouragement. He told me I had great time in tough conditions. He’s right and it helped me focus on the positives from this run.
Those positives are:
- This is my second half-marathon in the 11 months I’ve been running.
- I beat my first half by 10 minutes.
- The Nashville half is part of my training program for Chicago. This is simply a stepping stone to my 2012 goal.
- I didn’t fall! :)
- No blisters!
- This was a HILLY-ASS run in hot conditions. If I did this well in this run, I should much better in flatter runs.
- We take something away from every run; every run helps us grow.
Some personal observations:
I should have trained with Gatorade. I started to drink too much and my tummy was feeling it toward the end. I thought the end of the race was quite disorganized. Sorry I didn’t meet any of the tumblr folks in Nashville!!!
Taking it easy this week with recovery runs. I have to remember to train smart to run smart.