Yesterday I ran the 3M Half Marathon in Austin, Texas.
This wasn’t part of my plan as recently as two weeks ago, but I joined an online challenge to run 50 miles in two weeks, and it went surprisingly well, so I decided I would go for it.
(To be fair, I registered for the race last February but my training regimen had completely fallen apart so I had prematurely accepted that I would miss the race)
Running and completing this particular race meant relying on my experience and a solid plan to take it “easy” as much as possible.
And you know what? It worked!
I had a GREAT time, perhaps more fun than I’ve had in any previous race. My mind was free of performance expectations. The only plan was to take it easy, and I stuck with it.
I even made time to take pictures!
The wind was crazy, and if it had been any other race, it would have been something I completely overthought. But in a race that wasn’t truly planned for, it just added to the fun.
The best part?
I felt GREAT after the race was over, and somehow, someway, even with all my breaks, I was only about four minutes slower than my time from last year. I don’t quite understand it, but I’ll take it!