Running for the pot of gold I ran the Lost Dutchman Half Marathon today in 1:50:58 according to my Garmin. It was a great race with lots of hills and beautiful scenery.
The start was windy and 46 degrees and it was pretty cold. I knew that once I got going I would be warm but wore my gloves anyways. The race was gun timed instead of chip timed and there was enough people and I was more towards the middle/back; it took me almost a minute to cross the start. It would be great if the walkers would start towards the back but there are always some towards the front that I need to weave around. I ran this race much smarter than I usually do by going out slow. My first mile was a 9 min mile and it really paid off in the end. Having already tested pushing the pace in the beginning and dying in the end, I wanted to test the theory that going out slow would allow me to run a faster time. Now if I can just apply it to my marathon in May and have a BQ.
I felt great throughout the race and ran with a negative split. The last few miles I was able to zoom past other runners. It was awesome seeing John right before turning for the finish line and not wearing my ten mile face.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the race, my pacing and how I feel the day after. Before the race I wondered why I paid money to go run when I could run at home. The excitement, the adventure, the people, the friends, the course and the run itself make it all worth it.