My first half marathon of 2012 was the Mercedes Half Marathon in Birmingham, AL. It had been almost 2 months since my last half marathon and even longer since the last half that I "raced" and didn't just run. I was so excited about this run. Lot's of our friends and fellow runners were going to either do the half or the marathon relay. There had been some discussion between myself, Gail and Jeanie about racing or just running this race. We'd heard lots about the hills on the course and thought maybe it would be better just to run it and not try to PR. However, I knew that between my kettlebell classes and my twice a week small group runs, that I was in really good shape. The morning of the race Gail was asking us our goal for the race. I kind of stuttered about mine, still a little unsure. I knew I wanted to race it, but I wasn't sure I could PR.
Finally, I want to say how proud and amazed I am by Mark. He set a PR. His time this race was 2:26:31 and his average pace was 11:11. His previous best was 2:37 and it was set in December!! He really rocked this race. Now he's signed up for speed sessions and very determined to be faster than me. I guess some healthy competition is a good thing.