Prior to the race, I was concerned for a variety of reasons, but primarily because I hadn't run that distance since January and my training runs have basically been 5Ks. Finished the race with no pain. For the past year during races and training runs, my hip/ITB would be in crippling pain by mile 8. Last May I could barely hobble to the finish line at the Frederick half marathon. This year I not only finished pain free, I felt like I could run another 13.1 miles (too bad I didn't feel like this at the Disney marathon).
My underlying goal was to finish standing up and under my own power. I wanted to beat 3:30 since that's what I did at the 2012 Frederick half. I figured there would be no way to beat my time at the 2011 Zooma half.
I stuck with my friend Kristin (having a total blast) and together we crossed the finish line with arms raised. A bonus from running so slowly is our names and bib numbers were announced when we crossed and the other finishers cheered. I felt like a celebrity!
We not only finished, but we beat 3:30:00 by almost 10 minutes. The funny thing is that I found out after I got home that I was 11 seconds short of beating my Zooma time and getting a PR. However, I wouldn't change anything. I had a total blast and didn't get injured. Perfect day!