It has taken me the week to think about this race and turn it into a positive experience. So what did I learn? I learned that no matter how many years I have been running I need to respect the distance. I will say the next statement cautiously! As an older runner - I need to make sure that I am ready for a race. While I know that everyone needs to be prepared for a race - hitting distances beyond 8 miles is hard for me - 11 12 and 13 miles do not come easy for me. I can not take it casually.
So I am ready to go and ready to recommit myself to running mid distance runs. I love the half marathon distance and need to be prepared to run.
Below is my pirated copy of my finish line photo from the 20k.