The Tucson Half Marathon was a great race and all that I could ask for. While the marathoners faced gale force winds, the majority of half marathoners missed out on their “fun”.
Starting at 4:45am three buses loaded in front of our hotel (and for the two adjacent hotels). I chose to get on the bus driving straight to the half rather than on John’s bus which went to the full and then back to the half. John said it was a good thing that I did that because the buses didn’t have a way to turn around at the full drop off point. I’m sure the half marathoners on his bus got to the start eventually but I'm so glad I didn't have that extra stress first thing in the morning.
John after finishing his marathon
The first mile included running around people including walkers (I know I’ve mentioned this before but walkers really shouldn’t start at the front). I wanted to go out slow and actually at 8:15 it was a little slower than I preferred. I spent the next couple miles working down to the 8:05 pace I wanted to be at.
Me, waiting for friends and John to finish the full
Mile 1 8:15
Mile 2 7:58
Mile 3 8:03
Mile 4 7:58
Mile 5 7:58
Mile 6 7:54
Mile 7 7:59
Mile 8 7:53
Mile 9 7:53
Mile 10 7:50
Mile 11 7:56
Mile 12 8:10 (hill)
Mile 13 7:36
Running over to the right side to get out of the sand that was at the finish line, I finished strong breaking my PR from 2007 with a 1:44:19, a 7:58 pace. I’m pleased with my new PR and have some confidence for a February marathon.
My friend Jan ran the half and finished 9th female and 2nd in her age group (she’s so fast). Marianne ran the full and qualified for Boston. John finished with a 3:28 marathon also getting a BQ. Now it’s up to me to get a BQ in February for 2011 Boston.
Jan winning 2nd in her age group