Above are the official race results from yesterdays Half Marathon. A day that started with a lot of hassles ended up being one of the best races I ran all season. The fun began when my blood sugar was at 260 and had a down arrow an hour before the race. That isn't to bad but the alarm telling me my sensor would end in 30 minutes was. My blood sugar was dropping which was good but how quickly, I decided a small gatorade would help before I did my warmup run. As I approached the start I was feeling good and I kept telling myself to just enjoy it. I knew that I could handle any obstacle that was ahead.
A mile in to the race I felt great, as a "runner" that first mile is important for me. If I can coast and relax I know everything will be good, that was exactly what happened yesterday. I was moving at a good pace as I ran the scenic Newport coastline, completing the first six miles in 54:15 I was thinking about a half marathon personal record. Mile 6 to 8 I hit a wall, I didn't stop for water and paid the price, miles 7 and 8 were completed in 10:02 and 9:59. I would stop at each water station at mile 7 and 8, as the fluids began to work I began to feel better and when I hit mile 10 I decided to give it all I had. I completed mile 11 in 8:22, mile 12 in 7:57 and mile 13 in 8:49, not great times but for the end of a half marathon I was very happy. I'm really starting to believe that I can handle a 8:30 pace for a half marathon, I need to stop being scared and trust my training. Hydrating is the biggest thing that I need to work on, I need to stop at the water stations.
I did I have one little hiccup, I definitely tweaked my right knee a bit around mile 8. It is most likely runners knee but at the time that sharp pain behind my knee cap was a big cause for concern. After popping a few caffeine laced GUs and getting back to normal mentally I was able to finish strong. A little rest will have me back to normal on Thursday.
As my season comes to a close I can't help but be excited for next year. This season a lot changed in my life, I'm very happy that I have found a balance and I'm excited to see what next year brings. A long winter in the gym is ahead and I plan on being stronger come next spring. I have some small races in the coming weeks, each race I will continue to improve and get better. I feel that I have my diabetes under control when it comes to racing and with that confidence I know I will do better next season.