This weekend I finally got my Newtons back laced up for a half - the Seattle half to be precise. It's been a couple months since I enjoyed a good 13.1 jaunt and this was a great but extremely cold one (34 degrees!) First, the finish line... I ran the half in just under 1:35 and placed 3rd in my age group:
As this was the 4th time I've run the Seattle half, it's fun to look back and compare. Here's the y/y comparison:
Matt and the boys brought me to the starting line. Cole has started coaching me before races. He has two bits of advice: 1) try to win, and 2) push your arms back and it'll make you go faster. He swears he can beat me and I'm pretty sure in a sprint he can (but don't tell him that!).
At the starting line, I met up with a friend, Karen, to high five and muse what we were doing in the freezing cold. We huddled at the starting line for a bit and then when the anthem started Karen went to a pace group. I stayed towards the front because I hate trying to dodge and weave getting off the starting line, and I always tend to go out much too fast.
I wound up keeping a good pace the first couple miles logging close to 7min per. Once I hit Leschi it was all over with the rough hills. There's a leg in the race around mile 9 that looks just like a street I used to run in th