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Run to Remember Half Marathon Recap

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope all of you are enjoying the weekend.  Before getting into my race recap I just want to send a very special thank you to all of our service men and women as well as their families for their sacrifices.  Seeing all of the police officers, firefighters, and first responders represented at the race yesterday reminded me how lucky I am to be a citizen in our incredible country.

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So our race yesterday was AMAZING!  Barbie and I had such a great experience and both killed it.  I am so happy that my training really paid off and that I have another big PR in the books!

The day started off very early…my alarm went off at 4:45am!  Barbie’s parents were in town from Ohio, so they were gracious enough to drive us to the start so we didn’t have to worry about parking.

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We got to the Seaport Hotel about 6am and then hit the bathrooms and relaxed.  I love that the hotel is open to runners because I absolutely loath porta pottys!  As in, it is my least favorite part of races.  We decided to rock some matching shades of pink as well

About 15 minutes before the start we made our way to the front of the line.  This race has become super popular, so it was very crowded at the start.  I intended to get up with the sub-8 minute mile people, but I couldn’t move toward the front.

The start of the race was a little tough because there were so many people.  I had a mini-panic that I would be too far behind pace and ruin my chances of a good PR, but luckily I weaved in and out of a few people and made it to a more quick group.  Now I knew my fitness was in good shape, but I have still been struggling with my foot.  It actually hurt for pretty much the entire race, but I keep repeating my mantra from the Houston Marathon “run your pace” and that definitely helped!  The last mile felt sooo long and I was definitely hurting, but I pushed myself as hard as I could and it definitely paid off!

My Garmin was a little off the entire race, so it actually made me believe I was going faster than I did.  My official time was 1:35:33!  Almost a minute and a half faster than my goal!

256   26/1474 F1929 1:35:33   7:18 Meg Barry                 27 F    1333 

Here is my Strava report, which shows my splits, though it is a little off time wise.Screen Shot 2016-05-30 at 2.46.41 PM

Barbie also did an amazing job for her first half ever!  She finished in 2:15:12!  I am so proud of her and excited to be able to share in this experience with such a great friend.

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After the race, Barbie’s parents treated us to a delicious breakfast at Deep Ellum with some surprise Prosecco from her brother and sister-in-law, who could not make the race.

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Today I am getting some much needed rest in my new dorky recovery sandals and watching the Bachelorette tonight!  Kate and I have a big hike planned for tomorrow, so I’ll be back with a report once we finish 🙂

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Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day! 

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