The husband and I ran the Germantown Half Marathon this weekend. It was my second half marathon and his first (he did a full marathon a few years ago, but never a half). I had been training for it since January, and the husband ran it with not having run since October--and in his Vibram Fivefingers. He's nuts. (All you natural athletes out there make me sick, FYI).
Anyway, I was really nervous about the race because my shins have been hurting over the past week or so. But, I signed up for it, and I was determined to at least try. The first 4 miles were pretty brutal for me. My shins were aching, and most of it was uphill (not nice on the organizers' part!). Once we hit about 4.5 miles, it was smooth sailing for me. My parents came to cheer us on, and we saw them at miles 6, 8 11.5 and at the finish line. I was hoping to beat my previous time of 2:12:30, but we ended up finishing in 2:15:08. I was 57/101 for my age group. I'll take it--especially considering the pain I've been having lately. And at least I can say I'm pretty consistent, right?
The Germantown Half was completely different from Nashville: less runners, less crowds cheering you on, less hilly. But overall, the race was well-orchestrated and a lot of fun. Plus, it was nice having it close to home, so we could just drive the 10 minutes to the start line.
I'll probably take a week or so off from running, and then start training again... this time for the St. Jude Marathon in December. I figure now's as good of a time as any to try for a full.