This will be a quick recap while the little one who never stops is actually napping. Today was the Decker half marathon. I think it might be Austin’s oldest race…maybe. It’s claim to fame is tons of hills and atrocious weather. This year was no exception: 75 and muggy as heck. That means next year will be a freezing rain year. I don’t get to this race every year, but I try to. It’s out on country roads and is a really nice change of pace from all the Austin runs that go through downtown. I wore my red compression rocks (they are soooo awesome), and a bright green Dogfish Head Ale tech shirt in hopes of looking Christmas-y. Stephanie said my shirt was too bright and it didn’t quite work. Darn….next year reindeer horns for sure.
Anyhow, met Steph and another running friend Elizabeth. I told them I was going to see what I had today and was going to race it. I knew I was a good minute a mile slower than my pace last year, but I wanted to feel like I put in an effort regardless of where that landed me. I thought if I could keep it under 8:30s I would be thrilled (never mind a year ago was 7:30s…dang aging process). So I took off about a 8 min pace and slowed into about 8:20s, slowing on the hills. It felt good, but I was working. I saw a friend at about the half way point and ran with her and her friend the rest of the way. Sometimes I was just keeping them in sight, sometimes chatting, but it passed the miles really fast and helped me keep up the pace. With chip time I made it in 1:48. Which given my current running pace and the horrible weather, I was over the moon. I did better than I thought I could which is always nice and doesn’t happen often. This was my first half marathon as a masters runner, so I get to call it a PR. Ha!
Oh and I forgot to mention other than the heat my other issue, aka excuse is getting Jaspy’s cold. Yesterday after a nice 7 miler with Mark and Pancake I realized my throat hurt, by last night I had to admit I was coming down with it. So I really wasn’t sure how this run would pan out. I guess the daycare crud doesn’t have full hold of me yet, but that combined with sore legs tomorrow will make for a fun Monday.
Ok…time to get some things done before the hyper one wakes and we go get him new shoes and Fro Yo. It’s a good day…