Nice morning, slightly cooler than it has been recently here. Most of the course was in parks that I regularly include in my long runs, so that was nice.
After the start I really made an effort to keep my pace down. Mixed results there.
Felt pretty good for the first half. Took a gu and brief walk at the half way mark.
At the 10 mile mark thought, "A 5K left, I can do a 5K." Of course, generally don't do a 10 mile warm up first - but I tried not to focus on that part.
After I crossed the 11 mile mark I was officially running longer than I ever had before. Shortly after that my calves really started to seize up. I keep telling myself, "My calves are loose, my calves are loose." I don't think I really fooled myself, but I tried.
Everything felt good for the last 1/2 mile. I realized that I was actually doing it and the end was in sight.
My (decidedly slowpoke) time was 2:27:50 for an 11:19 min/mile average. 36/39 in my age group. 394/423 overall and 163/182 overall women.
I was soaking in the tub later and thought, "Man! People do two of those!" So many congrats to the marathoners who do that twice. And a half marathon is 1/6 of an Ironman, so I'm not even going to think about that.
Anyhow, I felt good. A little sore and stiff afterwards, but otherwise OK. Looking forward to a fun 5K next weekend which will no doubt feel like a sprint in comparison.