Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hampton Half Marathon RP

Sunday I ran the Hampton half marathon with my mom. Because I haven't been racing (more on that next week), I'm living vicariously through my mother. I'm not sure how she feels about that...after my last post my mom preemptively emailed me letting me know that her goal would be to run 9:00 minute pace for the half. I thought this was a great goal because that gave us a finishing time of 1:58, breaking that two hour mark!

Let's give some background to my mom's running. She's been running a bit over two years now. Before that she never ran, only walked or biked. She has a great build for running though. Anyway, when she started she just wanted to be able to run a 5K, and her goal was not to be last. She went from training for a 5K, to training for a half-marathon, to training for a marathon. She was planning to run BayState, but a new house and job a month before the marathon interfered with training. Probably not a bad thing considering how miserable the weather was at BayState. She ran her first half marathon last May and her time was 2:04. So this was her second half. And she broke 2 hours! She did great!

For the first 4 miles, we were averaging 8:30 pace. By mile 9, we were averaging 8:40 pace. By the time we hit mile 10, my mom was starting to feel a bit tired. You know how the last 5K can be in the half. We slowed a little and then she got a cramp. She was so frustrated, but I told her we'd be fine. We crossed the line at 1:57:35! That's 8:58 pace! Woo Hoo!

It was a great day and a great course. Very picturesque. I had a lot of fun running. I have a few more races lined up for my mom. I'm just waiting for her to tell me, "No more! You're insane!"

Here are a couple pictures I found online from the 5K. I'm hoping to have some half marathon photos to share soon!


Here we are with less than 0.1 to go!


Talking after the race...my eyes are closed.

Training Journal (2/8-2/14)
Total Miles Run: 41.25
Total Time Running: 6:05
Average Pace: 8:50
Stationary Bike Time: 1:05

Training Journal (2/15-2/21)
Total Miles Run: 45.35
Total Time Running: 6:43
Average Pace: 8:53
Stationary Bike Time: 1:40

6 comments:

Julie said...

Hi Katie,
Congrats to you and your mom!!! That is an awesome time and a big improvement for her!! Woo hoo!! Thanks for sharing the pictures...you and your mom look so fit and trim:) Cheers to PRs and happy finishes!!

Meg said...

Yeah, your mom rocks! She needs her own blog too! You're blessed to be able to run together, truly blessed.

Heather said...

Yay Mom! That's a great time.

Anonymous said...

It's funny running with someone who knows what they are doing. I used to think you were insane, but I'm getting a better picture these days. I agree with Meg, we're blessed. Thanks for the support Kate! P.S. Who knew I could run and smile all at the same time?

lindsay said...

congrats to you and your mom! great pacing job, and i love that you two can run together :)

Running and living said...

Awesome job, Katie! Your mom did great! Loved reading the report! Oh, and check out your form in the first picture. You are landing on your toes, v nice!