FIT Project Denver edition October 9, 2011

After over 2 months of literally being on the road and in the skies, I am finally getting around to race recaps!

In 2011 the FIT Project (Fitness Inspired Tour) is an attempt to run all 18 Rock n' Roll races in 2011.

So, if you have a good memory, I just ran the San Jose Half Marathon last Sunday. The Sunday before that the VT 50 Miler. The Sunday before that the Philadelphia Half Marathon. Yes, it's been a long year. 

My legs were tired and I was wondering how they would feel running at elevation to boot. Race morning came quickly. We picked up Daniella and made our way to the starting area. It was dark and cold! People were huddled together to keep warm. 

Soon the sunrise started to make it's appearance. Although it was more for just a really pretty photo vs warmth. We runners jammed into the corrals and soon the gun sounded and the race began. 

I love running in Colorado. While it literally takes your breath away, the views also do. The mountain peaks were covered in snow and were simply majestic.

My goal for every half marathon is run a sub 2 hour. I knew today would be challenging. The hill at mile 4 about did me in. At the one hour mark I had just over 6 miles. Pathetically slow. I would have to HUSTLE to get under 2 hours. I kept running, encouraging myself with snarky, positive thoughts. It's Denver, so the course had hills. One at mile 10-11ish and 12 were especially fun. And by fun I mean cruel. My watch kept ticking and I kept running. Sub 2 would be a miracle. Finally, mile marker 13 was in sight, someone shouted "around the corner and you're done!". And with that I gave it my all and I crossed the finish line in 1:59:31. 29 seconds to spare. WHEW. Thank you Jesus!! 

Quickly had some food, changed out of my sweaty clothes and then sprinted to the airport to rent a car so the Celebration Ride2 trip could begin in a few hours...