Being More Focused Helps
Ran Race Number 40 this morning
Sunday, October 21st, 2012
Catherine and I drove up Friday afternoon to Benbow which is about thirty minutes from the starting line of the Humbolt Redwoods Half Marathon. It is about five hours north of Los Altos. This gave us the time to relax and focus. This course is beautiful and we drove it again on Saturday.
The entire course runs through Redwoods like these. An interesting aspect of the course is that it seems we are running slightly downhill most of the route on an out and back course. Of course, that is not the case but it feels that way. There is one short hill at about 12 miles. The weather was perfect...about 42 degrees at the start. It warmed up to about 55 degrees at the finish. The field was strong and I was ready to run race number 40. My goal was to run 1:32.
I started off a little slower than normal. I hit the first mile in 6:49 and it felt pretty comfortable. Right before the three mile mark (20:29) I latched onto a woman runner. We had never met before but ran together for a few miles. She got a few yards on me at the turn around and I let her go. I should have dug a little deeper but she was just a better runner. I looked her up in the results and Pamela Kennedy (age 34) ran 1:30:14. I was not ready to run that fast. Thanks Pamela for letting me run with you for awhile. At the turn I saw 72-year-old Hans Schmidt. I was about a quarter mile ahead of him and he was looking strong.
In the end Hans was just nine seconds back. He set a new 70 plus course record. He ran 1:32:48. My official chip time was 1:32:39 and I was second 60 plus. This is 7:04 per mile. This cost me 58 seconds but I can make it up on the 10k's and 5k's I have coming up. BTW, I finally got the sore on the top of my right foot squared away the night before. That had me worried...and it did cost me some good workouts!
Michael and Waitman were sick this weekend and could not make the trip. However, Catherine got it all covered.
It was great to see Rich Benyo. We talked after the race as his wife Rhonda ran the full marathon. Photos by Catherine Cross
Comments and Feedback
Great race, Bob and thanks for the shout-out! I was struggling a little in the first few miles to hit my groove so thanks for pushing me. :) Hope to see you at the next one!Pam Kennedy 10/24/12 2:06 pm