It’s hard to believe more than a month has passed since my unexpected PR at the Austin Half Marathon. As I write this post, I’m reminded of how far I’ve come, and how much the sport of running continues to both inspire and humble me.
I woke up the morning of the Austin Half Marathon fully complacent with whatever outcome awaited at the finish. I resolved to give it my best. The day before, I’d analyzed how closely I’d kept up with my training plan, and the conditions (humid to the max) that awaited the next morning.
As I entered the fray, I realized my headset wasn’t paired, so I had to pair it before starting the course. I also wore my Beef Team jersey for the first time during a long distance, and newish pants.
I did so many things that I probably wouldn’t recommend,but in the end, my mental grit is what allowed me to get past the finish line more than five minutes faster than I had ever completed a half marathon.
Only my training mattered.
The more I run races, the more I am reminded of this.
I almost psyched myself out though into thinking the times I made mistakes were what would come to define that day, and ultimately that wasn’t true. I get off track, I move around my schedule. Sometimes, I eat things I probably shouldn’t, or I work too late and don’t get enough rest. But I’m more than my weaknesses, and I can still challenge myself and overcome obstacles.
My new PR was 2:16:27, from 2:21:59!
If you want a full review, my analysis of the race really hasn’t changed much, so you can check it out here. It’s definitely a race I’ll come back for again and again. Something about the hills gives me the ability to surprise myself.
I still loved the course (minus the ‘stairway to heaven’ as it’s called – the huge, steep hill above within the last two miles of the race) and all of the course support. It seemed like there were even more people out this year than the last time I ran it two years ago.
Additionally, this was my first race as a Beef Team member, and I definitely felt the love. There were some Beef Team members spectating/cheering on other runners, and the encouragement definitely lifted my spirits when I wasn’t sure how I would do.
Next up, the Statesman Cap10K (aka the largest 10K in Texas) is coming up this weekend. I’ve been running a pretty consistent 12 or so miles, and incorporating cross training like Body Pump when there’s time. Running has finally become such a part of my life that I don’t feel as much of a need to map out a specific schedule quite as much as I used to. I just push myself during the short workouts, and go at an easy pace for the long ones. It seems to work and I’m enjoying this renewed sense of the unknown.
By the way, it’s still not too late to sign up, and you’ll get $5 off with the code “BibRaveRunsCap10K.”
Now bring on the hot temps of summer and ask me how I feel in a month. 😉 Looking forward to sharing with you all how the Cap10K goes.