Sunday was experiment time – running a half marathon off of spring speed training. I had a bunch of 50 mile weeks and a couple 60s in, but I was still nervous about not having many long runs in. There were quite a few weeks that I did not run anything over 10 miles. Randy assured me, I still had plenty of strength left from marathon training. But January seemed so long ago!
Got up there Friday and went to the expo with the lovely Dari, Monica & Alyssa followed by breakfast and some shopping in down town San Diego. Then it was fish tacos for lunch and then a salad for dinner. I don’t know why I decided not to go with pasta, I guess because I was still full from lunch. And then we topped it off with a little fro-yo. So an unusual pre-race meal, but I figured it’s just half. Plus I’m not good at turning down fro-yo….
We stayed at the good old Motel 6 less than a mile from the start. I was so happy not to deal with parking and shuttles. The 30,000+ crowds were enough craziness at the start. We had 5 of us Tucson kids hanging on corral one, so we chatted for a bit. I claimed my usual “just going for a little jog” to Keith and we were off. Won’t lie, it’s nice being corral one and not dealing with the craziness of the crowds after the gun goes off.
My plan was to pick it up after the downhill at mile 5.5-6.5, but the legs felt like doing even splits.
- 0-5k: 6:39
- 5k – 10k: 6:39
- 10k-10 mi: 6:41
- 10 mi – finish: 6:36
There were a lot more little hills in the second half than expected. I guess that happens when you are running off and onto freeways. I gave my normal cheery shout outs to the bands and some crowds. My favorite was when some girl exclaimed her excitement that I was wearing my hoop earrings. I don’t know why I started keeping them in while running, but I did and it seems to amuse people. Also, it was weird running in humidity and a reminder that A) it makes you feel like your throat isn’t sand paper & B) your clothes become drenched with sweat even when it’s not that hot out. Thankfully a change of clothes was waiting for me in my gear check bag.
All in all a good day. 1:27:00. 92 second improvement from my previous best in March and on track for where I should be in my 2:5X attempt on October 28th. I’ll try to find a half in mid September to see if I can get in the 1:25 or less, which is where I really need to be for that to happen.
Keith and Alyssa rocked it with PRs too. Alyssa knocked off 10 minutes and so reminded me of myself just a year ago…I think she’s going to get way speedy with her dedication and great attitude about it all!
BUT the most exciting part of the day was watching the Tucson full marathon crew finish. First it was James – 2:31 – INCREDIBLE! We were sooooo excited when Keith spotted him coming from about half a mile away. He was the second non elite guy to come through and the look on his face was priceless, as was his wife’s when she found him after. He worked his butt off for that PR and we were all so happy to see it happen – with his bloody nipple and all.
Then crazy Marathon Keith came through for his 3rd marathon in 6 weeks. Then it was Dari and Danielle with big PRs, followed by our first timers Tim & Monica. Being there to see Monica finish was also a big highlight. Took her just over 5 hours (faster than my first as I reminded her!) and she was in some major pain. But it represented such a big moment her, much larger than just a race. Running has helped her get through a really rough patch in life and to see her accomplish the 26.2 was a reminder of why we all love this crazy sport.
Love these kids!