I had to take the weekend off to relax and watch back to back episodes of True Blood, so I am sorry for the delayed Race Recap post. Saturday's South Valley Half went without any major issues. Did I meet my goal time of 2 hrs and 10 minutes? Um, no I did not. While it was not my worst race, it was not my best race either.
I started off with the 2:10 pacer (9:55 miles). At mile 4.5 I looked down and noticed that my average pace for those miles was 9:12. Excuse me?!?!?! Major fail Mr. Race Pacer!!!! I was beat already and I had not yet begun the climb!
Please note: I do not normally have cankles. The timing chip was a ankle cuff and it made my legs look like tree trunks.
In all honesty, the hills were not as severe as they looked in the elevation chart. There were a few times though where my hip flexers were threatening to quit. Yes, I walked some of the hills. Sadface. With a slower pace, I was able to take in some of the scenery, which included a dead deer, a dead chipmunk, and a dead snake. Yep, it was that kind of race.
When I started running, my first half marathon took me 2 hrs and 40 minutes. Clearly there was a lot of room for improvement. Since my first race, I have constantly set new personal records. Now that I have improved so much, the margin for improving each additional race gets smaller and smaller. It was really disappointing to not get a PR in this race. I had a very "whats the point" attitude at the finish. I guess I better get over this if I want to stay in the sport.
I am going to reevaluate my goal for the Disney Wine and Dine to 2 hrs and 10 minutes. I am also going to bump up my training run pace. If I am not training at a 9:55 pace, then how can I expect to go even longer and faster on race day? Exactly.
So there is my 'lil recap for you. Tomorrow I will give you a recap of our recovery day at the hot springs....highlight: poodle still smells like sulfur.
Sweets, have you voted yet in this weeks poll? Who knows what I mean by being disappointed by missing a goal?