We always remember our highs and are lows. The Fort Worth Half Marathon will always be remembered as a low. I picked out this half because it fit right in my Houston Marathon training schedule for a pace run. A fast and flat course which is an out and back on the Trinity Trails.
The run started promising, I went out a little too fast, but backed it down and focused on my pace. Apparently, I was so focused on my pace, that I ran past the turnaround point. I think I was hoping on a volunteer to let me know or very obvious signage. Thanks to two guys running back that I had chatted with at the start to yell at me to turn around, I would have ran a little longer in the wrong direction. These guys had also missed the sign.
One I got back on the course, I had to shut down my pace in order to survive the run. I mentally got frustrated and it was tough to continue to push myself. At mile 13.2 my body quit on me and it was a brutal run to the finish. My pace slowed to 11:30 miles. I ended up finishing with 14.77 miles with a 9:05 pace. Officially, I had a 10:16 pace for the Half Marathon.
I will need to regroup mentally in my training. I will never forget this mistake.