OK, slowest time EVER! 2:23. I'm not the speediest gal in the world, but I do have a half marathon PR of 2:04 from not that many years ago and have a reasonable collection of times in the 2:10 range. Even so, lots of reasons why this morning's race wasn't half bad:
- Finishing in the Tennessee Titans stadium, with my picture on the JumboTron and my name announced -- and pronounced properly! -- for all the stadium to hear;
- Nearly perfect weather -- cool (40 at the start), only slightly breezy, sunny;
- Nice, flat, out-and-back course, nearly 10 miles of which are run off the streets on the asphalt paths of the Shelby Bottom Greenway, along the Cumberland River;
- Out-and-back means the chance to cheer loud for the faster runners coming back on their return trips, like Superstar Guest Dick Beardsley and Superfast Rhetoric Guy Professor Sloop;
- Despite slow speed, ran a very (freakishly, in fact) steady pace and finished strong;
- Feeling in my legs now, just a few hours later, confirms my strong conviction that there was no way I could have run any faster today anyway, so why stress?;
- Opportunity to remember fondly past finishing times as these times came, and went, and I still wasn't finished (wow, Finnegan, you used to rock!);
- Shamrock-shaped finishers' medal and fabulous t-shirt;
- Dinner tonight at a great Italian place -- courtesy of my beloved, whom I have managed to dupe into thinking that this race performance deserves a congratulatory dinner.
Next up? River to River on April 21. Commence speedwork and hill training!
And now, we return you to our regularly scheduled programming: