I decided to not push myself too much and only walk the half marathon instead of run/walking it. Since I was going to be walking Kevin decided to join me. The weather was perfect and we actually had some fun. I felt like a big ol' loser being with the walkers at first but I reminded myself that a 13 mile walk is still a good workout and to shut up and quit being a whiner. I kept thinking how this was supposed to be my inaugural marathon but in some ways I am glad it didn't turn out that way. The wedding planning has taken way more time than I imagined and I am not feeling good this weekend (rattley cough and chest congestion) which would have made running a half , let alone a full, challenging.
Oddly enough, walking felt harder on my muscles than running does. My quads feel trashed right now. In order to break up the walking monotony we decided to run at every mile marker for .20. This felt SO GOOD on my legs and back. Just switching up the muscle motion made a huge difference in how we felt.
We finished in 3:14 with a pace of 14:49. Not bad for a walking pace. Finish line pancakes were consumed, a good time was had by all. I would rather have been running it but at least I got to participate a little bit.