***TMI Warming: read at your own risk***
According to my Garmin, I hit 13.16 at 1:57:09. That would be (at least) a 10 second PR.
Official time: 1:57:44. Not a PR.
All in all, it was good race and I am happy. My strategy going in was to maintain a steady 8:46 pace. 8:46 over 13.1 miles would have given me a 1:55 time exactly. I was pretty confident about hitting the PR, unless I went out too hard at the beginning. I've done that for my past few races. It's one thing to do that in a 5K or a 4 miler - it's another thing to go out too hard in a half marathon.
For the most part, I stayed on pace:
- Mile 1: 8:51.5
- Mile 2: 8:39
- Mile 3: 8:20.1
- Mile 4: 8:30.7
- Mile 5: 8:47.9
- Mile 6: 8:50.5
- Mile 7: 8:30.8
- Mile 8: 8:44.4
- Mile 9: 8:45.2
- Mile 10: 8:48.9
I wish I could have held back on the faster miles, but I was feeling good. I was even starting to think that I had sold myself short with my 1:55 goal.
But then something odd happened as I approached the Mile 10 marker. Very suddenly, I kinda had to pee. I was annoyed because I still had 3.1 miles to go and stopping just wouldn't have made sense since I was on track to PR. And then, not even 60 seconds later, it wasn't a problem anymore. Woah.
I slowed down a bit wondering what to do before I realized that there wasn't much to be done. Sadly, my mojo was gone after that. Within a mile, 1:55 had become a lost cause. At mile 12, I thought I could still eke out a PR, but the course went on for .2 longer than my Garmin said, and that made the difference.
After the race, I didn't say anything about "the incident" to my friends. (Really, what would I say?) But, when I got home, I Googled "peeing while running." Lo and behold, it's a thing. But, at least according to Internet wisdom, it happens to old, overweight, out of shape women who have given birth. I'm 34, not overweight, in great shape and I have a dog and a turtle.* WTF!? I stopped Googling because it was not making me happy, and decided to ask my sister the Ironman what she thought. She says it's totally normal. I do know at lot of women at the gym complain about peeing while doing double-unders. I guess it's the same kind of thing.
Looking ahead, I'd like to do another half in the fall. Maybe Newport again. Or Philly. Or Staten Island.
*The turtle technically belongs to my sister, but I have been turtle-sitting for over a year.