Lost some more ground today
Race number 38 - San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
I really wanted to run 1:31 half today but I didn't. We ended up getting to the race with only thirty minutes to spare. There wasn't enough time to do a warm up. We were rushed. But I started off okay. My legs were feeling fresh at this point. I hit the first mile in 6:26 followed by 6:41 for the second mile. I was feeling a little outside my comfort zone however. I had just raced ten miles last Sunday and other than some slow running and walking during the week, I just didn't do any real training in between. I felt like I was missing the training. My third mile was 6:56. But I was under 20 minutes for three miles and still hanging in there. But I was not myself. I had not gotten enough sleep the last two nights. I was sleepy tired but I was holding my own. My next mile was 7:07 and then 7:05 and 7:07. Certainly not what I wanted but I was still under seven/mile pace when I hit the 10k mark. But other runners were beginning to pass me...
Normally I would surge and get back in control. Or I would hang on to someone for awhile. But I just didn't have the energy to do it. I was just plain tired. This was not going to be my day. I had seven miles to go and I was already thinking about 1:35 not 1:31. That didn't help. Mile seven was 7:21. But it wasn't like I was falling apart. It was weird. I had a GU packet with me I started taking it slowly over the next mile. My next mile was 7:20, but then I dropped back to 7:34 for the next mile. I just was not myself today. At this point I decided to try to pick it up. I could not afford to run another bad race like San Diego. Mile 10 was 7:22, then I brought it down to 7:17. Just two miles to go. I am now thinking I can get under 1:35 but mile 12 was not an a tough mile. I ran 7:32. Just one mile to go. I knew I had to pick it up. I dug down deep and ran 7:11 for mile 13. I finished in 1:34:39 and placed second 60 plus.
Jodi was up for the weekend. She ran her best half ever. She finished in 1:57:59. We talked afterwords about the race. "Wished we would have left 30 minutes earlier for the race. There was way too much rushing around. I know I needed to be more focused to race well," we were saying.
We filmed it a little different this time. Waitman covered the start, the 4-mile mark and the finish. Instead of filming, Mike ran the half finishing in 1:45:19. Then he got one of the camera and did some interviews. Catherine did mostly still images at the same spots.
I am now in a pickle. I am 1:31 in total behind for my challenge. I have 12 races to go and 78 miles. Two of the races I have planned are half marathons. I also have two doubles scheduled which can also be counted as four races (two 10Ks and two 5ks). One of the Doubles is in Cabo where it is going to be hot. And where I will be on my feet for two days taking photos of Ujena bikini models. The other Double is the Pleasanton race. That for sure is going to be race number 49 and 50. I am going to have to closely look at these remaining 12 races. I know I can still make my goal but I am going to need to make some changes I think. Stay tuned...and thanks for your support! photos by Catherine Cross
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