Costumes! Hills! Participation!
These would be the exclamations to put as an Instagram caption for this race.
In the effort of “bringing it back,” to the glory running blogging days, I’m doing a “race recap.” If details of the everyday runner’s half marathon pursuits bore you, then I’d stop here.
I think race recaps usually started with like what you did the day before and such. Right?
My weekend consisted of the Dodgers game, college football, studying (boards, woof), and forcing my dogs to wear a holiday sweater and scarf on a Christmas tree farm in 75 degree California weather BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO PRETEND ITS WINTER FOR A HOLIDAY CARD PHOTO OR ELSE. I, too, was wearing a sweater in solidarity with my dogs.
The race started as 6:15 and I left my house at 5:45. Perks of living near the start. That was 90% of why I did this race. And, you know, the love of running and all that jazz. But, mostly, living near the start.
In terms of goals…
Look, I don’t care about running finish times as much as I used to and I don’t shoot as high (read: fast) as I used to, but there is no way if you have even a smidgen of competitiveness in your body that you can’t not make some little goal for yourself.
Ok, in terms of goals…
I wanted to finish under 2 hours.
If things went well, I wanted to finish under 1:55.
I wasn’t so sure where my fitness was at, so I was sort of using this as a starting point.
I did, indeed, wear a watch, mostly out of curiosity for later. I looked at it, but I certainly didn’t think much about each split.
Things went downhill, then uphill, the downhill again. And, it was on the downhill stretches between miles 5-8 that I realized mile 9-12 would be uphill.
And, that’s when I was like “oh man, that’s unfortunate timing for an uphill stretch in a half marathon.”
I was a little nervous on 5-8 as I was dreading the uphill climb (cue: Miley Cyrus) back.
I think I worried more about not being able to make it up the hill (honestly – what kind of crazy talk was I thinking? Did I momentarily forget that walking was an option?) I don’t have a huge amount of confidence in my speed/strength right now, and I shouldn’t because its not like I’ve been putting the nose to the grindstone running-wise. So, I got a little in my head about things. And, by things, I mean pain in my legs. Which, honestly, this is running, what did I think was going to happen?
And, yes, I will 100% admit that I am HUGE baby when it comes to hills. Like running is already hard enough, why do we have to make it harder?
You know things are more mental when you get to mile 13 and are able to speed up (to be fair, it was downhill) and feel “great!”
In the end, I finished in 1:56:10. There was a little bathroom stop around mile 7 so I think without that I may have finished under 1:55. But, the clock doesn’t count bathroom stops, now does it?
The biggest victory is that I finished and nothing feels hurt/injured. So, we’re marking this one as a “win.”
Now, onto marathon training! (Famous last words)
[PS: If you’re enjoying these or have anything to say – I’d love to hear it!]