Monday, August 22, 2011

Race Recap and Road Kill

Hello Sweets,

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.

At the starting line, 5am. Come out and play sun!

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!
Thanks for joining us sun, 6:45am.

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.

Can you see the flat parts of the mountain? Those are the copper mines.

It is depressing to see the finish line when you are still 6 miles away.

It took a lot of convincing for HM to run ahead. I could tell he was feeling really good and that he could keep up with the 2:10 pacer. They call it a race for a reason HM now GO.

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.
Oh yeah, I run it for the bling.

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.

Cheers to a personal record!

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?


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