It may seem absurd to spend 3 months running hundreds of miles and then putting yourself through nearly an hour and 45 minutes of extreme heat and physical exertion while running up and down hills just to say you did something 35 seconds faster than the last time you did something this crazy…
…but right now, those 35 seconds feel pretty darn sweet.
The official results are finally in from the Rockford Half Marathon yesterday. I didn’t stop my watch when I crossed the finish line, so I needed the official time to know how I really did. I knew I PR’d since the clock read 1:45:05 when I crossed, but I didn’t know by how much. And I think it took them nearly a full day to post the results because so many racers from the full marathon took the cutoff at 12.5 miles and just finished the half marathon instead of going on (heck, in 90-degree heat, I would have done the same thing!).
Old PR (set at the same Rockford Marathon last year in 40 degree weather): 1:45:18
New PR: 1:44:43 (an improvement of 35 seconds)
Average pace: 8:00 min/miles
Total Place: 50th out of 749!!
Division Place: 8th out of 59!!
More pics and race recap to come…