7 bridges half marathon

Finally I am getting around to telling you all about the 7 Bridges half marathon! Better late than never, right?!  The race took place on October 16 and we could not have asked for better weather for the event.  Start time was 7 a.m., so it was a bit chilly at first, but once we got going it felt great.  Lindsay and I stuck together throughout the race, encouraging one another and finishing strong.

One thing I especially enjoyed about this race was meeting people along the way.  At different points throughout, you would be running along side different people and strike up a conversation.  Every one was really friendly and encouraging to each other, this made up for what I felt was a lack of spectators. 

The most challenging part of this course for me was all the hills.  There were more inclines than I had prepared myself for.  Towards the end of the course, there were two hills that were particularly hard because my body had started to get pretty worn out and I just had to keep telling myself, “you’re almost there, you’re almost there.”  Let’s just say my rear was pretty darn sore…

Speaking of rear, I thankfully did not have the same problem I had on my last half marathon.  This time around I had done my research and made sure I took all the precautions I could a.k.a. Imodium Plus.  It worked like a charm!

My goal for this race was to finish under 2:30.  According to the race results, I finished in 2:20:12.  However, I wore my Garmin for the race and showed that I finished in 2:19:46 and I am going with that time.  Let me explain why; they did a mass start for this race and the marathoners and half marathoners started at the same time.  Instead of trackers showing when you crossed over the start line, they just put everyone’s start time as the same time.  I know it’s less than a minute difference, but I like the sound of 2:19 better than 2:20! ;)

This was the first go around for this particular marathon/half marathon so there is definitely some tweaking that could be done, but all in all, it was a great run.  I am really glad I decided to participate and I am already thinking about signing up for my next one!


Courtney B said...

Congratulations!! This is so amazing! Honestly, I think a half marathon would kill me.
I ran a 10k a couple weeks ago and NO ONE talked to each other. What a bummer! The next race I do I'm totally going to chat people up and get to know them a little :)

e@thisnotedlife said...

congrats on meeting and exceeding your goal!!

Hope said...

Congratulations!! That's an awesome time. My first half I did about 2:30, and now my goal is to get under that. I have officially decided to run the NYC Marathon in 2013, so I guess I'll start training for that. :)


rlutz said...

Congrats on such a great accomplishment!!

maria said...

wow, amber! look at you go such a rockstar!! congrats.
btw, you won my giveaway so shoot me your email when you get a chance so I can send you the electronic gift card!! so its double congrats for you!


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