9/14/13 was the 2nd annual Navy Air-Force Half. I had been sick all week with strep throat that week and was still on antibiotics the morning of the race. I got up that morning almost thinking I wasn't going to do it at all. My husband encouraged me to just head to the start line and I could always drop out if I needed to. I made a plan in my head that when I was to see them at mile 4-5, I would probably stop. I had no time goals in my head, I wasn't even thinking about finishing. The first two miles were tight. I never seem to consider myself a "good enough" runner to start near the front of the pack, so I always squeeze into a far back corral and pay for it for the first two to three miles as I jockey for position and dart in between and around those running at a slower pace. That part is always exhausting.
Then something amazing happened, it just felt great. The cool crisp weather and the beautiful course through Rock Creek Park really energized me. I was waving and smiling the whole way. I gave kids high fives and screamed "I love you guys!" to my husband and daughter as I ran past. I kept looking down at my garmin and it was saying my pace was about an 8:04 and I kept thinking that can't be correct, but kept going with it.
As I came down the final hill and could see the time clock, I threw my hands in the air because I just couldn't believe it! A 1:46 with being sick and not putting in the training that I knew I should have been doing. A 1:46 at a race, I wasn't even thinking I could finish. Our bodies can be amazing sometimes.
My husband said the finish line photo looks like I won the race and honestly I felt like I did. I was so shocked and amazed!
This is a great race at a great time of year. I would definitely run it again. It's a very familiar course but a good one.