I know it’s not lightning fast but I had a major PR today. I was aiming for sub 2:30 for the #abqhalfmarathon this morning. It felt like a lofty goal because I still don’t feel acclimated to this elevation despite having been running here since Feb. i took my @nuunhydration wild berry energy and a @guenergylabs salted watermelon and waited for the gun. With a sub 40* start temp, I was nervous that I’d struggle to get my muscles moving fast enough. Apparently thin, cold air is what I needed. With the 2:30 pacer right behind me, I ran the first 8 miles with a buddy from @traildogtri. I was able to converse and pass people as the day warmed up and the miles ticked by at a great pace. When he needed to peel back, I assessed how I felt and realized that I was on pace to finish under my goal of 2:30 so I kept pushing. I took the birthday cake @guenergylabs (AMAZING, btw omg I could eat it all day) and water and kept moving. I had decided to run without music so I could focus on breathing and my pace. I kept checking my watch as the final 5 miles trudged on and got nervous that I was slowing down. I knew my lungs were working hard but they weren’t screaming so I thought: let’s push a little more. When I hit miles 9 and 10, I knew I was flirting with sub 2:20 but i was trying to not look at my distance other than the race signs to avoid being distracted or over confident. Plus math is hard during a run. When I hit 11 I did the math and I knew that it would be so so close. As I hit mile 12, I accelerated more, my quads screaming at me. When I finally turned to the finish chute I saw I had 35+ seconds to make it a few hundred feet to achieve this pace that was unobtainable 2+ hours before. Thankfully I didn’t cry because or throw up because I’ve done both before and it’s not cute.
Now my problem is this: I will have to beat this time in 3 weeks at the run for the zoo. Crap. #runningsucks #traildogtri #jlvelo #teamjlvelo #girlswhotri #nuunbassador