I am happy to announce that yesterday’s Houston Aramco 1/2 Marathon was an incredible success.
Richard, Kristin and I all completed the race, with smiles on our faces. Kristin kicked butt and ran in under two hours, Richard beat his PR by a great margin, and I ran in 2:05. ! I was expecting 2:15 or longer. How thrilling!
We all woke up about 4 am on Sunday, after preparing our things on Saturday night… I had laid out my clothes, already pinned my bib to my shirt, had all my possible layers in the Expo Bag, plus water, Gu x3, Sharkies, chapstick, etc. etc.
I woke up feeling very mellow and excited. I wasn’t nervous, I wasn’t worried, I was just calm, spent a great deal of the car ride over visualizing a great race, a run somewhere in the 2 hour range, envisioning great form and a smile on my face.
I will write more details when we get home tonight, but I just want you all to know that I had a smile on my face the entire time, my form felt great, although I had a few twinges I managed to work through them… Also, my first mile was about a 10.50 pace and apparently I averaged a 9.36 pace over the course of the race, so I picked it up somewhere (especially the end!) and had so much fun.
It was so great at the end with the large incredible amounts of screaming fans (I thought they were for me and the group I was in, but in fact, the roar of the crowd was for the marathon finisher who came in at the same time, breaking his own PR and a 20 year-old race record.) Nevertheless, the cheers were extra motivating and a finish line has never been so wonderful!
I’ll be sure to post pictures and to share the more ‘internal’ details, but I just wanted to inform all of my devoted readers the most recent update.
With all my gratitude and thanks, THANK YOU! I couldn’t have done it without all your support.