Ah yes, the Fit for Agriculture Half Marathon again. I did this race last year (and a few years before that) so I expected it to be a torture-fest due to the mind-numbingly boring course. While the course itself wasn't any different this year, I had someone to keep me company for 90% of the race, so the miles seemed to just fly by. I arrived pretty early to the race and sat in my car listening to tunes until about 15 minutes before the start. It was a pretty juicy morning. Look at this weather! I saw many people wearing long sleeves and beanies. Pretty sure there was ZERO chance that your ears or head were going to get too cold.
|It's so juicy! Definitely ear muffs, gloves, and long sleeves weather.|
We started about 3 minutes late. Goal was to try to do better than last year (it was similar weather last year, so I felt this was a good goal). Of course, this wouldn't be a half marathon without me going out way too fast! The first three miles were somewhere around 9:00/mile. EW caught up with me somewhere in these first few miles and we ended up running the rest of the race together. After mile 3, we settled into a nice 9:30 pace and kept it there for pretty much the rest of the race. Well, we won't talk about miles 10 and 11. We crossed the finish just a bit past 2:05, a whole minute and a half faster than last year. Haha. Pretty sure that counts as just doing it in the same amount of time both years.
|Medals this year were actually bigger than a quarter.|
So that's how the Fit for Ag Half Marathon went this year. And so concludes my 2014 race year with a total of 28 races (2 ultra marathons, 16 marathons, 8 half marathons, 1 12k, and 1 8k). Not too shabby. I also picked up 12 new states in my goal to run a marathon in all the states. In other blogging news (because you know, I'm a special snowflake and need to make blogging announcements, like anyone really cares) I think that for 2015 I'm going to make this a private blog (and the crowd shrieks in horror - at least that's what I like to imagine is happening). For anyone that knows me in real life, I'm generally not a very nice person and I cuss like a sailor. Well, I'd like to do all of that more on my blog, but I don't want it to be public. So there you go. If you like what I write and wouldn't mind reading a
lot few more swear words, I may consider giving some people access to the blog via a password (or whatever you do when you make your blog private). Of course this is all just a thought right now. If a mass protest erupts, I may consider otherwise.
2015 will be an exciting year, but not sure if anything can top 2014! It's been a crazy year for me in the running world. Next year I'll be in Arizona, Kansas, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, New Hampshire, and either South Carolina or Nevada. A possible Washington race may be thrown in there if I end up going to conference out there in June.