Dave and I celebrated the end of the first trimester with the Fort Lauderdale half marathon! While we’ve done a few 5Ks, this was our first big race together – and Dave’s very first half marathon! We weren’t exactly sure what to expect: I’m 3 months pregnant and had only run a long run of 7 before this; Dave was untrained by runs 3-5 miles 3 times a week; the weather was about 50 degrees warmer than what we’re currently used to.
We had a great race! The race started at 6am at about 64 degrees. Initially we were going to run with my cousin Jon and his friend Wally, but they started out a little fast. I wanted to hold back to make sure I didn’t push too hard. The course wound through downtown, through a small park, then out by the beach and looped back. It was gorgeous – we got to watch the sun rise over the beach/ocean! We started out the first 6 or so miles at about a 10:15 pace. Around mile 6 we split a bag of strawberry GU chomps – DELICIOUS. I never want to go back to straight GUs again – GU chomps are where it’s at! Like fruit snacks! We picked up the pace a little after mile 6. Took another pack of GU chomps (orange) at mile 9. Tried to pick up the pace again around mile 10.
We ended up finishing in 2:12:06, for an average pace of 10:05 (including walking through some water stops and to eat chomps). I was really happy with this, especially because I finished and didn’t feel tired. My goal was to run well but not to push it – I want to be really careful that I’m running smart while I’m pregnant. Dave did awesome – I’m sure he could have gone faster, but it was really great to be with him and to run together!
Check out the sweet medals!
Dave and I back at my cousin’s house:
And with my cousin, Jon (we all ran like indians, right, Jon?):
We are back at the airport today, heading home to Indiana. 😦 It’s not going to be 80 and sunny there. Or work-free. Boo…
What was the highlight of your weekend? Do you have President’s Day off?