I decided last year after another disappointing half-marathon I was going to take a break from longer distances and concentrate on loosing weight and getting faster. It has at times been a tough choice as I have missed those longer runs. But I know that my training needed a boost and these old legs needed convincing they could indeed run faster.
Race for the Halo held on Valentines day was at a beautiful park off of Lake Houston. I finished with a 2nd place age group win! Technically it was two age groups (50-59) combined!
Weather: BEAUTIFUL! The sun made the chilly 45 degrees perfect! The lake was a gorgeous backdrop. It was a tad windy but not too bad.
Course: was part trail and road but the trail was not compact dirt as I had originally thought. After we reviewed the course on Friday before packet pick-up I was a little freaked out to say the least. I spent the rest of the day fretting about the more than one mile of rocks, roots and ruts I was going to face. Thankfully by morning I decided that it was more important to play it safe on that part of the course than to spend weeks recovering from a injury. The course was long and my watched showed 3.21 miles.
Mantra: "don't think, just run." Exactly the kind of race mantra I needed for this course. All heart, nothing mental. I find this really helps with shorter races as they are over before you can hardly think! :)