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half marathon #8
Running down the road
No PR this time.  I finished the race this morning in 2:25:29. 

I was on a faster, still not PR, pace through the first 5-6 miles.  Then after the six mile mark the course went up.  For I think most of a mile.  Then just after the seven mile mark, we went down.  A lot.  Everything we went up but over less distance.  So my knees got cranky, and I decided to stop looking at my watch at all and just run.  I finished before the man who won the whole marathon, by about three minutes.

After the race I realized that I had no place to be - which makes a change from most of the races I've run this year where I've had to get going immediately to get to a rehearsal or show.  So after I got some food, I stood by the finish line and cheered folks as they came in for around 45 minutes.  That was awesome.  Watching folks be thrilled with times that were 30 minutes slower than mine puts everything back into perspective.  And watching the marathon runners finish is just fun, they're so pretty.
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It really was an awesome day. And they had post-race burritos which were yummy.

Racing downhill is the worst. *looks at still-wonky knees from the last 13.1*

Absolutely. I'd rather go up than down especially over any distance. Of course running in the bay area means that hills tend to come with just about any race I run.

I'm in the Bay Area, too! Whereabouts are you? I'm currently in the East Bay, just north of Berzerkeley.

I'm in the vast endless city-state known as the Peninsula, in San Mateo. It's actually rather convenient since I'm equidistant from all the major cities.

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