On Sunday, May 8th, I woke up bright and early at the literal buttcrack before dawn (read: 3:45am) to get dressed, tie up my shoes, and head over to the starting line of my second half marathon—The 2016 Tinkerbell Half Marathon.
For some reason, I was in Corral E, which was fine. I was there early enough to make my way towards the front. I was by myself, despite being with a group of ladies that were also participating. I was a bit nervous. Once again, I had not trained as well as I had wanted leading up to this half marathon. I was up a lot later than usual and it was very early. My goal, despite the lack of training, was to finish this half in under 3 hours. I had finished a 15K back in March in 2 hours and 2 minutes and my last half marathon (in February 2015 at the Divas Half in Temecula), I finished in almost 3 hours and 30 minutes. It was a lot to ask my body to shave off 30 minutes on my time, but I recalled walking quite a bit of the Divas half and that course was terribly difficult (hilly and dirt trail). But, being down over 50lbs since then and knowing I was in a lot better shape, on the whole, I felt that I could do it.