After working myself back up to pretty comfortable double digit long runs, I had a set back in April. Things started to flare up a bit, due to a trifecta of stupid runner mistakes - running 100% on uneven concrete, shoes that had way too many miles, and totally slacking on any kind of warm up.
My May mileage was pitiful, but by the end of the month things were feeling better so I thought I'd give Rock 'n' Roll a try. In the weeks leading up, my long runs were 8, 10, and 8 miles (all with 4 minute run: 1 minute walk intervals to ease myself back in).
How was it?
I'm not really going to do a real race recap (because I am so bad at that and there are many others out there you could read if you wanted to know about the race itself).
I woke up at 4 (at least four hours too early for a Saturday, in my opinion), and my memory is kind of foggy. Here are some things I remember:
Holy heck - I am so, so spoiled by running in (typically) cool Seattle weather. Anything over 60 degrees and I am in a tank and shorts (which is about as naked as I get). This was real heat - with full sun. I walked from the ferry to the start and was totally warm with just one extra layer.
|Unintentional bitch-face. At the start, not happy. 7am and already warm. I thought it would be a total disaster.|
I remember how badly the heat effected me in Pittsburgh, so I grabbed a salt packet from the medical table before the race and took it with me. This came in handy when BOTH feet (not just one like in Pgh) started cramping up around mile 10. Ouch!
I planned to take it easy, and I did. I even allowed myself to take two potty breaks (around mile 3ish? and 10ish?). It all felt very manageable - until around mile 10. Once the cramping started, it got tough really fast.
|Also seems so wrong to see "Age: 39". How did I get to be that old?|
I knew my Garmin was off because of the tunnels and potty stops, but it turned out to be really off. In the last mile, It showed just under a 10 minute mile pace (which was was faster than I thought I'd run), so I really allowed myself to back off. Kicking myself for it now.
So much better than last year! It was almost completely flat (with a nice long easy down hill grade in mile 2) for the first 6 or so miles. So easy to just coast for the first half. In fact, I should have allowed myself to go a bit faster in the beginning to bank some time, because the end is hilly. Especially the damn hill right before the finish line. Nobody wants that.
The tunnel bothered me more this year than last, probably because it was like 20 degrees warmer.
I can honestly say that I felt great after this race. Nothing was sore at all.
|I was sure sweaty enough|
That's a first for me after a half marathon. That also means I should have tried a bit harder. I'll save that for next time.