Here are a few things NOT to do before and during a half marathon:
- Don't run a marathon 3 weeks previous, hike 34.5 miles 2 weeks previous, then do a 26.4 mile training run 1 week previous.
- Don't do 2 tough bike rides in the 2 days before the race especially when you haven't been biking regularly for a while.
- Don't do your first mile in 6:46 when you intended to go out at 7:05 (granted, I had no idea I was doing a 6:46 pace), then fail to correct yourself and do mile 3 in 6:40.
Temps and humidity that I hadn't acclimated to yet due to our wonderful spring weather also played a part, I'm sure.
Hit the wall around mile 9.5ish. Had to walk/run from there. Never thought I'd hit the wall during a half!! I was in the lead for 9.5 miles and ended up finishing 6th. That says it all.
Joe and his amazing team of organizers and volunteers did an incredible job. This race will grow. It has to. It is great. I have not a single complaint. I'm just filled with praise for what they accomplished.