(before the race)
first of all i need to say thank you.
for those of you who sent emails, messages on facebook, texts,
thank you thank you!!
what encouraging friends i am totally blessed with!
let me throw out my disclaimer before we get rolling:
i do not have my finger on the pulse of all the latest & greatest in the world of running.
i am not on the cutting edge of half marathon training & nutrition.
so for those of you who have asked for tips & advice, i'm not your girl!
i am however, a 44 year old mom who decided to run one again
& i did.
overall i felt good about my run
but i was a little disappointed with my finishing time.
the course was described as basically flat & fast.
well, most of those people were fast indeed.
while i run about a 9minute pace when i'm running a 3 miler,
bumped up to a 10 minute pace when i run 5,
i certainly can not run that fast for 13 miles.
the course was a 6.5 out & back.
which is great if you're fast, you can see all the folks you are passing.
if you are not fast ( moi) it can be a little discouraging to see all the the runners passing you.
let me back up a tad~
as with any time i need advice or information,
i asked on facebook what training schedules were good ones.
there are so many different ways to go about preparing.
i love to run
& run 3 miles everyday.
but hadn't run more than a 10k in over 20 years.
i chose a hal higdon schedule that worked best for me & where i was in my current running pace/distance.
the schedule i chose had mostly running with cross training thrown in there.
i didn't cross train & now wish i had.
a friend of mine who also runs halfs told me it made a big difference for her
when she trained with just running vs. running and adding in the cross training.
next time, i'll cross train too.
next time i run one i plan to prepare with a little more holistic approach.
eating more super foods, specific nutrients , etc that help with endurance.
back to the fast people.
there was a time in my life where i might run several 5k's and 10k's a month.
therefore i always felt prepared to run.
i got the feeling this weekend, many of those runners were not casual
"hey lets go run a half marathon" runners.
it looks like over half of the 2,220 runners ran a sub 10 minute pace.
maybe i don't get out much, but that totally impressed me!
i felt great cardio wise
& even my legs and feet felt fine.
speaking of feet--a few months ago i went to the big peach running company.
there i went through their fit process where i was analyzed for my style of running
& then fitted with the best shoe for me.
turns out i had been running in a good choice ( new balance)
but went with the saucony's that were advised and they have been awesome shoes.
now that i know which shoes to wear, i'll try to find them for a discount
vs. paying over $100 for them in the stores.
while i felt great cardio & strength wise,
i wished my endurance had been better.
the schedule i used only had me run one 10 miler prior to the half.
also my schedule told me those last three miles would be very doable with all the excitement.
i ended up running 2 10's and 1 11...& felt fantastic during that 11
however sunday....i thought those last 3 miles were pretty tough.
i intentionally started out slow, running the first 6 a tad slower than i normally run,
hoping to have a burst of energy at the end
which incidentally never showed up,
but overall i felt i did the best i could & kept a pretty even pace the entire time.
( i'd give anything to remember my finishing time when i ran these 20 years ago).
as far as future runs, i'm hoping to keep some mid-distance runs ( 5-6's) in my weekly schedule
a couple of short distances a week ( 3's)
& run a 10 miler at least once a month.
i'm also going to research nutrition tips for distance running too.
when i crossed the finish line i looked up and saw my sweet man cheering me on.
i just about started to cry.
monday morning when i logged into facebook and saw all the love
i just about started to cry
i might not have been speed racer
but i loved it!!!!
& hope to be back in seaside to do it all over again next year !
(& here's the after!)
since you probably feel you could have run a half marathon in the time it took to read this post,
i'll share some scoop about our b&b, the weather, seaside, etc later this week.