My training for the paradise coast full marathon suffered significantly from my bout with pneumonia. Two weekends ago, I had tried to rush it and catch up on mileage and ended up falling apart during my 14 miler. After that I emailed the race directors and asked if it was possible to switch to the half. I was frustrated with myself, but realistically I knew that I would only end up injured. Thankfully they were able to switch me and I am now feeling a lot more confident.
I headed over to SUNY Sunday morning to run the 15k in the winter series. I was just looking for a long run. no plans of actually racing. I paid no attention to my time and just focused on one foot in front of the other.
At mile 8.3 I put my head down and tried to power through the wind. It was cold, my lips were freezing, nose running, and fingers numb. (I'm not entirely sure why I haven't invested in gloves) the wind was rough and I lost my speed. But continued to keep one foot in front of the other to the finish. My official finish time was 1:35:51.
I was shocked, when I ran this almost identical course in December, my time was 1:38. It's exciting to see the improvements come and to see that I was less than a minute away from a PR without it being a goal race.
While I'm bummed I won't be running the full, I'm proud of where I am right now, and am looking forward to a healthy & fun year of racing.