I suffered a pretty serious hamstring injury in August which took me a while to recover from. I really wanted to do a Fall race, but wasn't sure if I would heal in time to fit one in. At the beginning of October, I had a really good, pain-free 8-miler so I immediately checked out the local half-marathons to see if I could fit one in. I found one in Annapolis near the end of November and signed up with just a few weeks to get myself ready for it.
On Saturday, November 23rd, I ran my 5th Half Marathon. We stayed in a hotel near the race since we had never been to Annapolis before and the race was scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Annapolis is a gorgeous city, but the course itself left a bit to be desired (out and back with lots of little side streets and turn around points.) My main goal was to run a strong a consistent race and hopefully finish under two hours. I ended up averaging an 8:44 pace and every mile except for the first one (weaving for position), I was within 10 seconds of that time. I felt strong all the way to the end and felt great about my efforts.
I am so thankful for a healthy body that allowed me to race. Coming back from an illness or an injury always makes you appreciate your health so much more!