I guess I got a little greedy after my 1/2 marathon 3 weeks ago. I was thinking the Missoula course was easier. This deduction led me to believe I could run a sub-1:23. It wasn’t in the cards on this day. I came through the finish line with a chip time of 1:24:43 (30 Seconds Slower than my Seattle half).
For all of you racers out there, I am sure you can remember those points in the race where you had to make a decision….Do I go with this pack or not? The difference between Seattle and this race was that in this race, I chose not to go. It’s a mental thing and on this day, I wasn’t mentally strong enough. Even so, there was no coasting. I ran at a high level, just didn’t put myself into that next gear. I was still pleased to run another sub 1:25 which has been my goal all year. The time was good enough for 4th place in my age group. Not terrible.
As far as the hip goes, it did great. At certain points both knees ached a bit and maybe more on my hip side. I don’t think it was hip related. I think it was more basketball and “Hoopfest” related.
I came over to this race with a bunch of SDP teammates. We had a great great time. Many of you know the value of running with a group. This group pushes me to limits that I wouldn’t push myself to on my own. I can thank them for getting me back to running after hip replacement. If you are struggling to get back to running, maybe it is because you are trying to do it on your own. You don’t have to join a “competitive” running group. There are running groups in most every town that make it easier to get back into running shape. The social aspect of these groups is a great motivator to stick with it. I count my SDP teammates as some of my closest friends.