Finally! After more than two years, I signed up for and finished a half marathon. Phew...now that it's out of my system I feel like I can move on with life. I didn't train much for this r;ace, which could be why I was actually able to do it. I only ran 10 miles twice in preparation, so I was feeling pretty nervous on race day.
The Saltair Half was an out and back course right along I-80, so the scenery was as beautiful as you can imagine. I felt really good during the first 11.5 miles, with minimal knee pain. The last mile and a half were brutal, and I was barely able to keep it under 9 minute miles, while I had been around 8:30 up to that point. My knee started hurting pretty bad, and I was just worn out, but I powered through and finished in 1:51. For a super flat course (literally only 32 feet of elevation change!), I am really pleased with that time.
My hips froze up almost immediately after I finished, and I got to deal with "runner's gut" the rest of the day, but other than that it was a fun race. It started later in the morning (8:00), so Chad and the kids came with and were able to see me at the turn around and at the finish line.