Other than for the first one, the Fall Foliage half marathon, I have had a specific goal: to run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I set this goal last year around this time, and as you found out yesterday I am not going to accomplish that goal this year.
Amber was saying, "my bad" since she picked the race (she didn't realize the elevation was as bad as it was)
It is one of two time goals that I will not accomplish this year (the other was running a sub 4:45 marathon). For some reason, it is also the goal that I am the most disappointed in myself for not accomplishing this year.
As much as I would like, I don't have any other secret half marathons up my sleeve for the rest of the year. We all know how that ended this weekend anyway.
I had six chances this year to try to run a sub-2 half marathon, and honestly every single time I went out there I had that goal in the back of my mind at least on some level.
My slowest half marathon this year was 2:26:43, a half marathon that was run in March in 75 degree weather.
Does this look like March? (We're in the middle)
My fastest half marathon this year was 2:06:39, a half marathon that was run in October near a lighthouse.
The three of us after the race
I ran four other half marathons in between those times. I ran the entire 13.1 miles twice and the other four that I ran this year I had to walk at least once, including the race that is my current PR. (I also didn't walk at all during our first half marathon in 2011). I ran half marathons in four different states: New York, Illinois, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Running the Turning Stone half, I finished in 2:10:39
I came close to running sub-2 hours a few times, right up until the last few miles when I crashed and burned, and other times I knew it wasn't going to happen right away. I still tried every single time and I failed, every. single. time.
While deep-down I know that this doesn't make me a failure, it is hard to not feel that way.
Mike and I run a lot of races, sometimes we don't race them but rather use them as training runs, and other than those seven half marathons I also ran a full marathon, an overnight relay, completed two sprint triathlons, a formula 1 distance duathlon, a trail race and everything else in between. I raced every distance from 5K to a marathon, and after this Saturday's 5K I will have raced 28 times this year.
I am still not content. Sub-2 is, and will continue to be until I conquer it, a monkey on my back. It needs to go away and it needs to go away fast.
Currently, my next half marathon isn't until February 24th. Mike and I are running as a 2-person relay team at the Hyannis Marathon, each of us running 13.1 miles in a row. But that day isn't going to be about running sub-2 hours. That day isn't about me and it isn't about Mike. It is about our friend, Crystal, who we are running with during her first full marathon.
I'm not sure if I will register for a half marathon prior to February. I might keep it a secret like this past Sunday's race and I might not.
This is not the face of a sub-2 half marathoner, but it will be!
I know one thing for sure, the next half marathon that I run (excluding February 24th). I WILL run sub-2 hours!