I want to thank everyone who donated to my cause in running my 1st half-marathon. InsulinDependence is an amazing organization that has truly changed the way my boyfriend Brennan treats his diabetes. Total Brennan and I raised $885 for the organization and we plan on hitting the $1,000 mark next year.
I think I had a great 1st half-marathon. I had wanted to get about 2 hours. Well I ended up finishing in 1:50. I was extremely happy with my pacing, having very consistent miles. Not struggling much on the last 4 miles which were my biggest fear of the whole race. My longest training run prior was only 10 miles and lets just say from mile 8, I may have walked faster. So every step closer to mile 8 had me really worried. But I did not hit a wall. I have Brennan to thank for that. I am not the type that is the best about hydration and gels. However Brennan has all that mastered and he taught me all I know. And because of him I had a great race. I also see why he trains with all that stuff, and he was completely right in that I need to use that stuff when I train as well as race.
My bib for the event
The important stuff the hardware we received at the finish!!!
The event was great it was a beautiful morning in Carlsbad. About 10 miles of the race is run right along the ocean. I could hear the waves crashing and see miles out into the pacific. After the race my next fear was just being able to walk (which I struggled to do for about 4 days).
Brennan had a great race as well, he went 1:45. I do not think he was extremely pleased with it, but lets be honest we have a lot of racing in our futures!! And I think he did AMAZING!!!
Pictured above is Brennan on the far left. As well as other InsulinDependence Teammates including Bill Carlson (far right, the first diabetic to complete an Ironman, a truly inspirational figure in the diabetic community) and Chris Jarvis (center, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing).