Last year I ran the Timpanogos Half Marathon and beat my time from my first half a month earlier. It was such a great feeling. This year I stepped up the intensity in my workouts and that paid off this past Saturday when I ran the Timp Half. I was able to set a new PR and beat my goal time of 1:55. I finished in 1:54:37 :) Hooray! That is an average of 8:45min/mile. Running and racing is addicting. Now that I know I can run a half in under 1:55, I am thinking I can run my next race in under 1:50. :) My new goal. That means I am going to have to run at a 8:30min/mile or less. I can do it! It really is amazing what you can get your body to do. You just need some practice and training!
Oh yeah, and did I mention that I got to run this race with my sister?! I LOVE running with my best friends! They make it so much more fun. At about mile 5 we hit a pretty steep hill and instead of trying to resist it (which makes my legs cramp up) I just threw my arms up in the air and yelled "WEEE" like I was riding a roller coaster and ran down it faster. Larissa and I just laughed. Haha, it was ridiculous.
I wanted to finish side by side with my sis but at around mile 7 she needed to take a potty break and I couldn't imagine having to increase my time at least 10 minutes just because of how long the line was. Luckily I have a great sister who understood how much I wanted to hit my goal time and was okay with me ditching her. Of course I was there to run with her at the end as she finished. She did great!
Not sure when my next race is but I'm already super excited for it! :)