A- 2:07 (9:42 pace)
Why 2:07? That will project me to a sub 4:30 full marathon which is where I would like to be for Goofy 2017. I am not sure I am going to have time to do another half before time is due in October.
B- sub 2:10 (9:55 pace)
Still a good pace and right on track for what I was able to run at Tink half the
C-sub 2:13:14 (10:09 pace)
My current PR and I definitely think it's time for a new one after missing it by less than 30 seconds at
Hopefully the weather stays nice and the course isn't too crowded!
Now onto the recap!!
The day before was great (5k recap here!) and we got In bed and got up at 4:45 so we could head out around 5:15 for the race start at 6:15. Since we were 3 blocks from the finish line, we didn't need to check a bag.
We headed down to the lobby and grabbed coffee for our breakfast. We wanted to take a uber or Lyft but was 7x the rate! So we went and got a cab and shared it with another rider. We got lucky with the best cab driver ever as he knew exactly where to go and what streets were closed and we got there in 5 minutes.
This is where things took awhile. We had 45 min until the start and guess what-we spent all of it waiting for a portopotty. They didn't have near enough and it didn't help that there isn't a runners only zone so the Porto had spectators in it as well. So crazy!
I eventually found a way to the corrals as they were already starting when I walked up. I tried to get in my corral (16 out of 37) and it was insane. There is no corral enforcement so I was surrounded by so many people. When we finally started I was met by a wall of walkers. This was definitely going to be an interesting race.
We headed into North Beach and it was rolling hills with narrow passages and I had a hard time getting in the rhythm I wanted (it's actually been a while since I ran a crowded race where I couldn't spread out) while also being mindful of the slanted streets and potholes.
One thing I loved about the race was the crowd support-we ran through a lot of neighborhoods and they were having parties and a good time (which gives me an idea for the Pasadena half marathon!)
Since I was trying to do this race for time, I didn't get to participate in the fun photo ops and all of the free alcohol-mimosa, tequila, whiskey, etc. next time I do this race I will definitely do it for fun!
The hills didn't get any easier but I was able to get into a rhythm that worked for me and I felt strong. If the course would cooperate I knew I would have a chance to PR.
However the course did not participate and around mile 10 we hit a steep downhill and then up and down hills and my legs were over it. I knew I couldn't keep up my speed and also my hip started hurting for the first time ever so I knew i needed take it a bit easy.
To say I was disappointed was an understatement. I've posted about all I've been going through and I really wanted a new PR. This was not the course to try and PR on but still. I finished as strong as I could and it was incredible to finish at the same time as a 2:44 marathoner!
Final time: 2:17:36 for 10:39 pace (watch was 2:17:35 for 13.3 miles 10:22 pace)
5k split: i dont have one!
10k split: 1:05:15 (10:30 pace)
10 mile: 1:44:27 (10:27)
Miles: 10:17/10:40/10:30/10:09/10:09/10:04/9:57/10:08/10:45/11:01/10:40/10:46/final .3 (8:09)
Overall, my splits don't show how much I was struggling but I know I can do better.
I would do this race again mainly just for fun though. Afterwards we went to the We Run Social meetup and met some great people and had so much fun. We then took the train back to LA which was so nice and I was able to do work too!
Overall a great weekend and I can't wait for the next race weekend!