The race started at 7:30 and I arrived at 6:45 for packet pick-up. I parked at the designated parking area and caught to the shuttle to the start line. Packet pick went smoothly and I stashed my new race shirt in my bag. After that, I slipped on my Hokas and reached into my bag for my bib belt. Small problem - no bib belt. This was a simple fix and I went old school by pinning my bib on. Once I geared up, I dropped my bag off at the drop spot and wandered over to the start line. A few minutes before 7:30, Joyce, the race director, called the half marathoners over to the start line for some quick instructions and a group photo and then we were off.
|Labor of Love 2014 finisher's medal|
I ended up crossing the finish line in 2:35 which was 20 minutes slower than my previous slowest half and 37 minutes behind my PR set just last month. I can't 100% pinpoint my weak performance to any one thing but know that I need to re-emphasize hills in my workouts and get back to a weekly long run on a regular basis. I also need to pay more attention to pre-race nutrition.