Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Wrinkle in Time

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 my derriere my Garmin, and done some simple mental math using the course clocks, I would have seen what was going on.

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 :)



Stats
Time: 1:38:32
Pace: 7:32
Overall: 427/10898
Gender: 78/6189
A/G: 13/1063

Weight: 108.8
BF: 15.6%

14 comments:

  1. You did great, congrats! I don't even want to know what place I was out of those 1,063 women! I'm about to look though.

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  2. Congrats! Sorry you missed out on the PR, and I'm bummed I didn't get to meet you! And I vote for some time off. Sounds like it would be a good break for you. :-)

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  3. Great Job Speedy!! Sorry you didn't PR, but it was a tough course!

    I look forward to reading about your new training plan! I'm already planning a half for October or November.

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  4. Sorry no PR, but you totally have it for your next race. Just gotta start your watch for the next one.

    Too funny about the race medals.

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  5. you're so quick! great job! I love that your medals are shoved in your car, love it! I never even thought about running the tangents. Geesh.

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  6. This is whiteorchid ( aka Melissa). You did an awesome job! I bow down to you. That course blew me away! My gamin read arou d 13.3 at the finish, so you're not alone. It was tough to keep to the inside on that course. Congrats!

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  7. I LOL-ed at the medals still in your car.

    I know you didn't PR as you wanted to, but still a great time! Congrats!

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  8. Congrats on a great race! I hate it when my watch is telling me a different story than the actual course clocks, but you still ran amazingly well.

    Random comment, but I see you've also got a Subaru. We just got one a few months ago and generally love it :-)

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  9. Race-induced delusion is the WORST! It's amazing how long it takes me to do simple math mid-race. And sometimes I even find myself getting angry at how hard it is to add/subtract when it comes to time ("why the F are there 60 second in a minute? Why couldn't they just make it 100, it would be so much easier!")

    Anyway, great race, even though it wasn't a PR! You've had an awesome "season" and I can't wait to hear your training thoughts for the fall....I am officially intrigued!

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  10. Yeah, I was so engrossed in the "avg pace" window, I figured all was good as long as I was at 7:22 pace or faster. By making my race an extra .3 longer I should have been running faster to compensate.

    The Garmin is my frenemy.

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  11. Lisa- We used to be a Toyota/Honda family, but we love the Subaru. The all-wheel drive is a life saver, literally. You must really give it a workout with your winters up north.

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  12. Congrats on a great race! 13th out of 1,000+ is still pretty good even if you did run a little too far ;)

    I love that you keep your medals in the console. Hilarious! Mine manage to get shoved in a nightstand drawer which really is kind of sad considering the effort you take to get them.

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  13. Yeah, I was so engrossed in the "avg pace" window, I figured all was good as long as I was at 7:22 pace or faster. By making my race an extra .3 longer I should have been running faster to compensate.

    The Garmin is my frenemy.

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  14. Sorry no PR, but you totally have it for your next race. Just gotta start your watch for the next one.

    Too funny about the race medals.

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