Let me cut to the chase: I didn't PR in the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon this past weekend. Which, of course, is disappointing.
Could I have run faster? Maybe. Should I have gone for broke at mile 10 and seen what happened? Probably. Can I come up with a thousand other excuses? Well let’s see, there was a lack of sleep the night before, a severely abbreviated warm-up before the race, and oh yeah, the fact that I raced another half marathon just seven days before…. But plenty of other runners have run under these—and worse—conditions and still PR-ed. Maybe I just wasn’t mentally prepared to run my best race; maybe I was ready to accept a lesser performance, because I had all of these excuses already in the back of my mind.
Regardless of why I ran a slower race, here’s what did go well:
I had friends cheering me on.
I got to cheer on my friends (two of whom were running their first half marathon!).
I finished within the top 10 women running the race.
Rutgers Unite Half Marathon
Age Group Place
66 / 3,131
6 / 1,604
2 / 285