Sunday, January 20, 2008

my first half!

yesterday, i completed my first half marathon in carlsbad, 1:30:13. 6:53 pace.

now, if you have several more are the deets.
i'm not so good with the mile-by-mile race recap, and i forgot to set up my garmin to get mile splits, but i do have some general vague rememberances of the race by sections and mile-ish recollections...

race morning
work up at 5:15 for the 7:30 start. james had the coffee and water bottle w/nuun and power bar all ready for me. he even took my coffee away from me until i drank at least half of the nuun water bottle. we hopped in his car at 6am, stopped at starbucks for a triple espresso, and headed to the race site. the race start was in a mall parking lot which was good for a few things- 1) parking was not too terrible and 2) i found a sneaky bathroom inside the mall- anyone who races knows what a good find this is. the bathroom was clean and warm and this made me fumbling in the port-a-potty with lines of people practically timing you outside. yes!

after that i did a quick 15 minute warm up, some easy jogging with a couple accelerations to race pace. it was pretty chilly at the start (39 degrees when we left the house), so i was stoked that i had purchased a $3.24 sweatsuit at target earlier in the week to warm up in and leave at the start. now that i think of it, i definitely should have checked at the finish to see if it was still made me look like a big lazy housewife, but that thing was AWESOME!
anyhow, i was warm and ready to go...

i lined up pretty near starting line...there were over 6,000 people racing so i didn't want to get caught dodging folks all over the i just wiggled my way up to the front near the local pros like i had a clue ...probably looked crazy wearing a pink visor, arm warmers with skulls on them and black 2xu calf compression sleeves...sweet.
the first few miles were FUN! i think i ran the first mile in about 6:15 (ooops!) but it felt so easy and just cruising...miles 2 and 3 were pretty similar.
4, 5, and 6 I had to work. I was keeping my target pace (about 6:50) with effort, but it was doable. the course also goes out and back along the so cal was a beautiful sunny day and no wind at all so it was freaking enjoyable scenery.
mile 7 was getting hard, i was slowing down to slower than 7 min pace and not getting stoked about taking a gel near mile 8. my heart rate must have been pretty high because there were several times during the second half of the run that i was looking around trying to spy minimally embarassing places where i could puke. i never puked, but it was damn close.

anyway, mile 8 and 9- torture. gel. ew. throw up feeling.. being slow.. can't get pace back under 7 min. ick. get me to mile 10. (okay, after looking at the results and that i negative split by a few seconds, maybe this was just perceived slowness or the garmin was lying or something)

mile 10- okay, 3 miles left. i can do this. maybe.
11 & 12. sucks again. this hurts...i don't really care how fast i go, do i? there's always more half reason to push past the limit, right?
mile 12.5....downhill- yes! go fast and hope the residual leg propulsion pushes you the last .6......round the corner finished!
the clock time was are the female results the male results, and my own:

Women overall (w/pros): 32 out of 3702
F 25-29: 9 out of 726
place overall: 184 out of 6334

i am definitely stoked about the results, especially when i saw that of the 31 women ahead of me, 12 were entered as pros (and even some of the "non-pro" numbers were michellie jones and heather fuhr). it was really fun to complete my first "big race" over 1000 and the big crowd was awesome!

it was definintely a hard hard effort that i feel like i don't want to do again anytime soon, but i hope and think that i can get better in the future. i haven't done any speedwork or run on a track for 10 months, so hopefully by the time i do another half marathon (august?) i can find those 13 second and break 1:30. here are some pictures from the day....
just finished...not quite sure what to think yet, other than, "that hurt"

once i got out of the finishing corral, i decided i was stoked. yay!

post-race, it was fun to see lots of people from the san diego track club and the triathlon club like bethany, michelle, kelly, cuong, dave, randy, pat, james d. & jessica lots of people had great races and PRs!
it was also fun to check out the pro runners and triathletes like jim vance, mac brown, michellie jones, and heather fuhr..

all smiles after getting warm and putting on the uggs...

went home to watch the chargers and james and i cooked some healthy-ish buffalo chicken fingers and baked up some fries....i even treated myself to a 24oz tallboy of tecate light....CLASSY!
(p.s. like the gold nail polish? got it special the day before the gotta think like a champ!)


Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

Great job Beth on the half!

jameson said...

you killed it... and still the energy to compile and en epic dinner. Those 13 seconds, along with many more, will be gone in no time.

Martha said...
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Benson said...

Very nice race.
You are gonna be so fast.

A 24 Oz. beer is the perfect post-race re-hydration drink.

Paul said...

Nice work Beth!!! But this lack of mile splits? Totally unacceptable! Just playing, I really should get on James for that one.

JP Flores said...

1:30...stellar effort! And your first Half Marathon? wow, nice work. Keep it up!

barndog said...

That's an awesome result.You are blessed with good speed and a great attitude.

Rachel said...

Wow. Impressive. You are a super fast runner!!!

saschasdad said...

You gotta learn to embrace the pukes. When the urge hits, let it fly! You'll usually feel better after. And when you get really good, you won't even break stride.

Great running for your first 1/2, btw.