Even though, I don’t race half marathons like I do shorter distances, I still love to participate. I enjoy being around the running community, and well, I like running on supported courses. the swag is fun too, but that is certainly not a huge motivator for registering.
A few weeks back the Running Addicts were doing a course preview of the Morgan Hill Mary and Half. They were pacing the event and opened up the opportunity to run on a semi supported course to friends. I had ran the event last year and when I ran the course preview, I had forgotten how much I liked it. It is a hilly course, but I just love running past farms where cows and horses greet me hello. The dam simply sparkles as I run past huffing and puffing up the huge hill and really, you can't beat mile eight where it is completely all down hill. WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
|Shannon and Paulette at the Finish!|
|UMM & Kevin at the start|
Mile 1 - 8:37
Mile 2 - 8:32
Mile 3 - 8:36
Mile 4 - 8:44
Mile 5 - 8:48
Mile 6 - 8:30
Mile 7 - 9:37 Hello Hills
Mile 8 - 7:40 And hello lover AKA downhill
Throughout the race I ran a lot with a girl whose name I found out later was Anita. We never said a word while out on the course, but it was fun to see her ahead, next to me, or behind. Well I really didn’t see her when she was running behind me, but you know what I mean. It wasn’t until mile 12 where I got a really bad side stitch that she passed me for good. It was fun chatting with her at the finish. Whether she knew it or not, she was my silent running buddy and I certainly appreciated her presence.
Mile 9 - 8:46
Mile 10 - 8:57
Mile 11 - 8:53
Mile 12 - 10:06 Cue in side stitch and a bit of woggin’.
Mile 13 - 8:13 Had to push the last mile of course!
.19 - 7:31
I crossed the finish line 1:55:25 which was a 30 second course PR from last years event and 2 minutes from the course preview a couple of weeks back. I will take that 30 seconds! At the finish line I chatted with friends and waited for UMM to cross the finish line. While it certainly was not a PR, he did finish in 3:04 and some change. He was 6th overall, 5th gender (he got chicked by a badass girl), and second in his age group. So proud of him! Especially since he has not been running on pavement lately.
|Me being over dramatic w/ Vinh. Photo courtesy of Albert.|
|Group photo love with Kevin, Nik, Shannon, and Cynthia. Photo courtesy of Paulette.|
I can’t seem to stay away from organized running events. It’s my drug of choice! I love it. And yes, I might not be able to get that sub 4 at CIM this time, but I am confident it will happen at some point so until then, I am just going to enjoy the ride. Or run, rather.
|Love in my Love my Run #TeamMokie shirt|
|Medal posing, again in my #TeamMokie shirt. Miles for Mokie!|