Sunday, November 16, 2008

silver strand half marathon race report.

the weather in san diego has been pretty schizophrenic lately. today was full-on summer with the scary kind of winds that cause wildfires. today's goal was to break 1:30 in the half marathon. we woke up early (poor james had only slept a few hours after he pedaled his chicken legs off at a 12-hour mountainbike race on saturday. of course, did awesome. check out his race report).
but my man sucked it up like a champ and shuttled me and my friend molly to the start line (i think i get the award for "picks-the-most-logistically-nightmarish-point-to-point-or-two-transition-races... LUCKY JAMES!). thanks to him, i've never had to take the stinking (literally) race shuttles.
i met up with the breakaway training boys at the start and we were off. the first 6 or so miles were as smooth as they come. it was hot, but the conditions were nice, and the course couldn't get any flatter. i settled in with some folks running the same pace and we were what i'd call "comfortably charging it".
THEN, someone turned up the inferno winds and we proceeded to run straight into a headwind for 5 miles. no, i am not (well only mildly) making excuses for my super-flawed anti-negative split pacing. this wind was for real. see?


at this point (when things got mega windy) i was quite lucky to be a girl...i have found the running male folk to be very accomodating and motivating to women who can keep up with them. several fine lads today were excellent wind shields, split-givers and morale boosters... i got some great pep-talks, "just one girl ahead!" or "she's fading"..."looking strong"... "let's catch that girl!". ....even "hey, you're lucho's girl! california training!" (thanks for the help, Nick!). no need for positive self-talk and brain training for me- i've got the nice running dudes!

when all was said and done, i ran my tail off and squeaked out a 1:28:30. (6:45min/mi pace) 2nd woman overall! (clearly there was no money on this course to draw out the big time racers/competition, but i'll take 2nd in a race of 4,000 any day!). first place was less than a minute ahead. i saw her on a short out and back. but didn't have it to catch her. no problem. today i was racing myself.

PHOTO TIME:

here's james, chilling after the race. i'm not sure what this look is, maybe his faris look? or blayne gone rugged.


me and molly (rockstar who ran 1:37 (i think) in her first standalone half!!) pre race walking to the start. those sweats i am wearing are now hopefully acting as a nice pillow or something for someone needy (had to ditch 'em- good old point to point races)


post race with felipe and molly....


me and faris...



the breakaway training elite team crew: felipe, erik, and some chick whose shorts are hiked up too far because she pinned her race number to them

so, good times, good times...i'm really a lucky one to haveawesome teammates and coaches with breakaway and mr. tim (who lives with lots of goats as i found out from kerrie's blog) and my life coach, james.

24 comments:

LoveOfShoes said...

Congrats on reaching your goal, and then some, in tough winds!
Can't wait to hear how the marathon goes!

rr said...

Nice! You are a star - killer first half, second overall, and with your pants all pinned up to your armpits like that to hinder you.. ;)~

Awesome race!

runninggunner said...

Nice race!!! And a good report too. Glad to see you hit your goal.

kerrie said...

i'm amazed you could even run with your shorts that high, lol. great job on breaking 1:30, i didn't want to have to travel all the way out there to kick your a$$. now of course, you have to go under 3 in your marathon ;)

triguyjt said...

sub 1:30 is awesome....

congrats beth...just amazing!!!!

GZ said...

BG - nice work lady. TL and I were chatting on this yesterday, and were both convinced you had it in you. Way to prepare AND execute.

JW - looks like you might have gained an ounce or two man.

Dan said...

Way to do it! Even with the winds, you still beat the 1:30. Congrats on knocking down yet another goal this year. Really great seeing you and James at the race today!

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

awesome race congrats! and a sceary fast PR (was that a PR?) Are you going to challenge Radcliffe in London 2012?

BreeWee said...

You are such a stud! That 26.2 is going to be incredible... wish we could follow your marathon online!

Matt said...

I called 1:28. You're on fire.
Great job. 3 weeks until that vegas party. . .oh and that "A" race preceding it. Getter done!

D said...

You rock lady! Damn... I wish I could still run that fast. There's something so sad about peaking at 12 years old hahahaha :)

Maggs said...

Damn, you're fast! Great job lady!

tb&ks said...

Great pics!

Mark said...

RAWK!

Trevor Glavin said...

AWESOME! Great job!
Thanks for everything over the last week...I owe you guys

Paul said...

Nice work!!! What a gorgeous day!

Sarah said...

Good god, 1:28. I KNEW YOU COULD DO IT, BETH!!!!!

You are SMOKIN, CHICA!!! I love it. You KILLED IT.

You are such a stud, CONGRATULATIONS ROCKSTAR! Fat dad is definitely shaking in his boots now...

Pedal Circles said...

Congrats on hitting your goal!! Great job even in less than ideal conditions.

SixTwoThree said...

Way to go girl!! Another goal met - CHECK:-)
Hey, I met someone this weekend who I think you might enjoy training with once in a while. i have a sneakin' suspicion that you might hit it off and be well-paced for each other. You can find her here: http://tritawn.blogspot.com/

jameson said...

i guess i could say I told you so... but I won't or maybe I already did. even though i knew could and would break 1:30, you never stop impressing me. go team.

nick_bokhoven said...

Nice work and great running with you through the middle. I thought you were going to stay in the draft until we headed into IB. If you ever want to meet up and run in north county like you mentioned, drop me a line at nickb@dprinc.com.

Mer! said...

Love the medal, love the pics, love the shorts =0, love everything!

AWESOME Beth!! Way to rock it and you didn't even run a 1:30 even, you BROKE IT!! WAHOO!!

Fantastic! You are SET for Vegas!

Benson said...

Fricken awesome race!
Nice shorts...

DW & KC said...

Your super speedy!!!!
Great race