With my little kitchen debacle and the fact that we have been traveling, my training took a hiatus and then became hit or miss...oh and did I mention the long steep climbs? I'm sure the runners around here would laugh - they seem to think it is flat in places. Obviously they haven't been to Katy or the Woodlands. I wasn't sure what to expect. On a good day I can hit 1:45 but that's on flat grounds and with some speed work, which I haven't done any of. I told Jamison I would be happy to complete it. I wasn't sure I could run 13 miles.
I ran. I felt good for most of it. I didn't look at my watch. The first mile was rough. We made around 10 turns in that one mile alone (this race had more turns than I prefer) and then started uphill to mile 3, came down for a bit at 4 and a steep climb for mile 5. Jamison's goal to me was to not stop on the hills. Mission accomplished until mile 11. I briefly stopped and walked twice on the bridge at mile 11 - go up and over. When you get to the bottom turn around and repeat. Madness. When I hit mile 12 I put my head down, said, "suck it up buttercup" and finished the race. 1:44:30 Not a PR (or a PB as the English would say), but I am proud of that time. I never thought I would do that yesterday even if it had been flat. My quads are paying for it today....welcome to Southampton running. We are definitely not in Houston anymore.
I had my wonderful support crew out there cheering me on!
Now to find a group and someone to train with, after I get back from running another half with my girls in 6 days --- Vegas.