Now that I've had a week and a half to think about the Wine and Dine half marathon I'm ready to recap the race.
First, as per usual, I had a really good time. Races are fun. As I've said before I enjoy races because the attitudes are infectious; everyone who's there wants to be there.
Jenn and I got into Orlando on Friday night and spent most of Saturday enjoying the expo, lunching with her family, and trying to take naps since the race was a night run. Overall the race was a lot of fun. I started strong but like the Disney Princess, it was really frustrating to get around people who were going slower. I would be running at a good pace behind someone and they would just stop in the middle of the path to walk. If a runner needs to walk that is fine. I walk. But I jog to the side of the path before I stop running so not to get in another runner's way. That's a consequence of being a huge race, there is just no room to maneuver.
I held up really strongly until mile 8 or so. After that my legs felt like lead. I needed more and more walking breaks and started shuffling. My goal was to finish in under 3 hours, knowing that if I maintained a 13 minute mile average I could finish in a bit less than 2 hours and 53 minutes.
I finished in 3 hours and 31 seconds. So close to my goal. I know that if I had just taken fewer walking breaks I could have at least met my original goal. I'm not surprised that my legs struggled after mile 8 though. I never trained farther than 9 on my longer runs and I only did that once. In order to get ready for the Disney Princess race I want to adjust my training significantly differently. More about that later.