The race started at noon. Noon is not a good time to start a race because I’m
When we parted ways I turned my music on and settled in to finish the next ~10 miles. My new goal was to finish without hurting myself. In order to do this I stopped and did a quick stretch at 6, 8 and 10 miles and walked for .1 mile each time. It felt good to stretch the hams. I averaged 10:03 min/mile over the middle miles. Unfortunately, even with my stretching I felt my ITB getting tight about the 10 mile mark. I knew I needed to slow down to prevent hurting myself, so I slowed down and ran the rest at a comfortable and challengingly slow 10:43 min/mile. With 0.1 mile I picked it up because I wanted to finish strong. I took what I had and ran…equivalent to a 8:09 min/mile.
All my stretching paid off. I’m sore today, but I’m walking and not in the same kind of pain as I was in last week. I’m happy with my results, 2:14:54 (only 6 seconds longer than my first half-marathon…you know, the one when it was warm and sunny out).
The results are up on-line and I’ve heard that “hardcore” runners do the winter series. I’m doing them because they are free, will get me outside, I like seeing other people, and did I mention they are FREE. It is obvious that there are good runners doing these races. Me = #215 out of 233. The first ~100 people ran less than a 8 min/mile, the next hundred were between 8 and 10 min/mile. The rest of us…well, we were slower but we FINISHED!!
I left the race not long after finishing. I was hungry, needed a shower, and really wanted to spend some time with my family. On the way home I took a corner too wide, hit a curb and blew the front passenger tire on the car. Bummer! The icing on the cake: my cell phone was dead. Total Bummer!! I knocked on a random person’s front door and they let me call ADP who in turn called AAA for me. Today, we have one car because the tire place doesn’t have time until Monday to put new tires on. So, while I’m excited to be done with my race, until we get the car back the tire is putting a damper on my spirits.
PS. They were taking pictures during the race yesterday, I just hope they are posted soon!