I finished my 2nd Half Marathon in 2:04:57! I really enjoyed the Surf City Half Marathon! The views on the course were breathtaking. I averaged about 9:30 miles. At the 5k point I was doing 9:01 and at the 8.2mile mark I was running 9:10. This is a significant improvement from my last Half Marathon which I finished in 2:15.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how good I felt after the half. I had some stiffness and soreness for 3 days but nothing major at all. I am actually feeling 100% today.
I did struggle more through this half than I did in Chicago. When I started the race I did not get the rush of adrenaline like I usually do. I had some mental struggles throughout the race but was able to get back in my head and press on. I don't know if it was the lack of crowds at certain sections of the course or the fact I was in a different time zone but something felt very different.
All in all it was a great race. I enjoyed the trip as well. My dad and I had a blast! Thanks Dad!
So, now I am trying to enjoy a week of rest. I plan on starting back on my routine on Monday. I will keep my long runs to around 6 miles for the duration of February and most of March and slowly start building up again.
My blog will follow my running journey up to and through my 1st Marathon... Chicago 2010! You will read about my inspirations, PRs (hopefully!), and of course my struggles. So feel free to share your stories as well!