I managed a PB at my half-marathon yesterday, which was nice.
I certainly didn't go out with the aim to beat my previous time, but as the race went along and I got nearer to the end, I started to think "Hmm.. maybe I could..".
It's a common trap for runners. The "No, I am just going to take it easy today" often turns into a PB. Perhaps because mentally, you have taken some pressure off yourself which makes it easier.
After the race, I stood and watched as the marathon runners came in. The first wave (2:30 to 3:00-hour people) were just cruising in without a care or bead of sweat on their faces. But the later stages of runners were all quite broken and emotional.
The shouts from their friends in the crowd as they came in, giving them a boost on the last stretch was quite an emotional scene. Some runners were grimacing in pain and effort, others were already crying and hugging each other on the way down the last stretch of the course. You can tell that it was a highly charged moment for them all.
I won't go into any detail about the poor girl who had to stop and throw up less than 200 meters before the finish. Physical and emotional pain.
The emotions running high also make me choke up quite a bit. The charity runners especially. It meant so much for them to finish the marathon distance and their friends and family and supporters were there to hug and cheer them.
It all brought a tear to my eye.
And no... I am NEVER doing a marathon.