Saturday, June 22, marked my 8th half marathon! I can't believe it was only 16 months ago that I completed my first half, and now I have finished my 8th.
Last year RocknRoll announced a new "Heavy Medal" called the Pacific Peaks - which you would get if you ran both the Portland Rock n Roll in May and the Seattle Rock n Roll in June. Extra bling?! Sign me up!
Mary and I after the Portland RnR
So, my Rock n Roll running partner and I were ready for the challenge and completed the Portland one in May using my 5 minute run/1 minute walk intervals. The official time was 2:10:55 - pretty good time for us considering we hadn't run together in almost a year!
You can always tell if it was a good race by the smiles at the finish line! Oh wait, that is the look of: "Phew, It's over! "
Here we are on a fabulously sunny morning for the Seattle RnR
So, with one half under our belts, we had about a month until Seattle. When this race started, Mary decided that she wasn't sure she liked the run/walk method and wanted to try running this one straight. Ok, let's give it a try! I really wasn't sure I could run all 13 miles without a walk break, but figured there was no way to know without trying.
Our husbands made the trek around the city to cheer us on at a few locations, which always helps to get those feet running faster!
Greg in the orange shirt and Scott in the blue shirt around mile 11
Our official time for the Seattle RnR was 2:08:31 - about 90 seconds faster than Portland.
So - was it worth it to go without the walk breaks? I am not sure. The reason this was an unofficial comparison - it was different weather (warmer in Seattle), different courses (I think Seattle was a bit more hilly, but not quite sure), different scenery, and a necessary pit-stop on the Portland course which could have been a bit over 2 minutes.
My finish line pic from Seattle
I will say I was very happy that I was able to run this half without walking at all and was still able to walk the next day!
For now, I think I will continue with the Galloway Method and be happy to keep crossing finish lines! Someday I will gear up to beat my PR of 1:59, but not in 2013.
Next Half - the Buckley Half in a month....