After six weeks of mostly solid training post-strained-hamstring recovery and I successfully completed my first half marathon.  My main goal was to finish in under 2:00 and I DID IT!!!  My stretch IMG_1328goal was to run under 1:45.  With my training runs around 8 minute pace, it shouldn’t have been a stretch, but given my longest run was a ten miler, foremost in my mind at the start was to not go out too fast because thirteen miles was unchartered territory for me and a heck of a L-O-N-G way!

Officially I ran 1:50.07 and despite an awful post-race experience (keeping reading for the dirty details), I’m ready to sign up for next year’s half.  I’m thinking one half a year is more than enough, and hopefully I’ll be in much better shape come next November.

So, after the race I wasn’t Tosha Burritofeeling very well.  This is me after the race, and yes – I’m laying on the ground.  I can’t even believe I was able to smile for this picture.  First, I was freakin’ freezing.  It was probably fifty degrees, hence me being wrapped like a burrito in those fantabulous post-race aluminum foil blankets.  Second, I was trying to stave off stomach cramps that felt like a parasite burrowing in my gut.  Honestly – I don’t recall much of the post-race festivities, aside from sleeping and more sleeping.

Luckily I was with hubby and an amazing bunch of runner-friends who took great care of me.  It’s been a very long time since I’d been surrounded with like-minded runnerly types.  Wow!!  I miss that camaraderie and I’m truly looking forward to doing it again next year.  Smile  Here’s to staying focused and injury-free!! Peace