My race was pretty dissappointing. My ankle is still bothering me from where I rolled it last week, so that hindered my running. It was super hot outside, and the course had a pretty major hill right in the middle.
Here we are at the beginning of the race:
I am also coming to the realization that I am just not in the shape that I was in the spring. I keep trying to fake it and then feeling like a failure. All of my long Saturday runs have ended badly (one with me wandering around lost in downtown Tulsa with no phone or car keys).
I spoke with my half-marathon coach about it, and I think that I am going to bump down to a slower pace group. At first I was kind of depressed about having to go down to a slower group. But I felt like I was failing every week, and I knew that soon I would stop trying. I would like to succeed, and that means bumping down. I am choosing not to view this negatively. I am still running, still being healthy, still out there every week trying. And at the end, I will still be running a half marathon. I will be winning!