I finished in about 2 hours 24 minutes and 38 seconds (that's not official, that is off my ipod). I am so glad that I went under 2:30.
We got up the canyon at 4:20 and had to wait for all the other runners to get there. It was freezing! Luckily they were prepared and had 6 or 7 fire pits that we could stand around. It was kind of cool talking to people and hearing their stories. One lady next to me turns 55 on Sunday and signed up so that she could cross it off of her bucket list. oh, and that's not all. In the last year she has lost 104 lbs all on her own while getting in shape for it. That really shows you that anyone can do it. She was so inspiring.
I started out at a good pace, about 10:00/ mile. At about mile 3 through 5 I was struggling and dropped to about a 11:15 pace. Then I caught a second wind when I say my family around mile 7. Right after my family I noticed that I was keeping pace with a girl next to me, so I started talking to her and she pushed me pretty good. We finished mile 7-12.5 together holding about a 9:50 pace (and we didn't stop once to walk). She kept me busy and we talked to get to know each other which made it a lot easier. Then around mile 11, I was really feeling it! I wanted to stop and walk but because I had her I didn't. I kept feeling like I was going to puke.
The last .5 mile (which seemed a lot longer than that) I took off and finished hard. It felt so good to cross that finish line. I had to continue to hold back the puke for about 20 minutes though. My body was thoroughly exhausted.
I was very proud of myself and happy with accomplishing my goal.
I think I am going to do the same half next year.
Now it is time for me to say Good Night cause I am in desperate need of a nap!