|Me before the race. I'm ready!!|
It was a great day for a half marathon. 50 degrees, in Indiana, in December. I ran this race as a 5k last year and it was 15 degrees and snowing. Couldn't have asked for better weather. I was really excited about this race because I was going to be running and pacing my good friend John. It was his first half marathon. John had been battling an injury the last couple months which only allowed him to run about 3-4 times in the last month and a half leading up to the race but John was a competitor and determined to not let anything stop him from competing in this race. His goal was to finish in less than 2 hours but I had other ideas. I knew what John's fitness level was even though he had only run a hand full of times leading up to the race John was a Cyclocross competitor and a good one at that. From previous training runs we had been on I knew a healthy John was capable of running it in 1:40. My goal was to pace him at a 1:50. I was the only one watching the pace so he wouldn't know what time we were at. HA HA, Sneaky I know. In order to run a 2 hour half we would have to average a 9:07 pace.
|John and I during the race.|
|Autumn sprinting to the finish line!!|
Pretty amazing day for the entire Paul family. John finished his first half marathon. Christina got 3rd place in her Cyclocross race and their daughter Grace got second in her race. Just goes to show when you want something bad enough you can overcome anything. Great job John. I'm proud of you and was honored to get to run your first half marathon with you. You earned that medal buddy!!
|John was ready for his first half marathon|
|Ronda, Wes, John, Becky and I after the race|
|John, Beau, and I after the race|
|Becky Clause is ready to run.|
|John and I showing off our medals after the race.|
|Big hug from Autumn after her first half marathon|
|John, Becky and I after the race|
|John and I. We were ready to run.|
|John, Wes, and I during the race.|