I didn’t keep the PR streak going today, but it was still a solid race. My time was 1:38:32, putting in me in 13th place out of 1,063 women in the 30-34 age group. I gave it my best shot.
The only thing I’m annoyed about is I thought I was on pace to run a PR. I knew I didn't start my watch exactly at the starting mat, so I wasn't paying attention to the overall elapsed time since I thought it was wrong anyway. If I had pulled my head out of
Um, check out that total distance. I was on pace for a PR if the race were 13.4 miles long. However, running that extra distance pushed my total elasped time well above my goal.
Yeah, I didn't do so well running the tangents. That's nearly impossible to do in a big race though, but 13.4 miles? Jeez. Now I wish I’d pushed the downhill portion of the course, miles 6-9, a little harder. I was worried about bonking at mile 10 by pushing too hard, "since I was on PR pace" already. Can I plead race induced delusion?
But coulda, shoulda, woulda doesn’t change anything now. Live and learn. It's a challenging course and it was 20 degrees warmer than my half mary in January. I'm still proud to have beaten last year's time by a minute and a half.
I haven’t decided how I’m going to play the San Diego Rock and Roll half marathon in June yet. Even if I do decide to race it all out, I’m going to take the next month to recover and regroup. I’m ready for a break.
This summer I’ll build base miles, and using what I learned at the RRCA training course, approach the fall season with a whole new training strategy. Everything I thought was the “right” thing to be doing all these years has been completely turned upside down. Much more about that in the months ahead. I think I’m going to be in a good place this fall racing season.
Congrats to all my other readers who raced today. I’m seeing crazy PR reports all over the place. Love it. Awesome job!
When I got into the car, I took my finisher's medal and proceeded to stuff it in the console. I realized last year's medal was still crammed in there along with a bunch of others. Come on, isn't that where you store all your valuable items too :)