I ran the Surf Metropolis Half Marathon this weekend. Listed here are the highlights from the race and expo. Scroll to the underside of this put up for hyperlinks to my working gear.
I’ve run this race 9 occasions now! I knew I’d performed this one quite a bit, however didn’t notice it breaks right down to working the total marathon 5 occasions and half marathon 4 occasions. The half marathon is my favourite race distance, however I’ve picked the total over the half for this race as a result of it’s a reasonably flat course, the climate is often gentle, logistics are straightforward and it’s a neighborhood race. However, I’m not in full marathon form proper now (and whereas the course is flat there’s additionally an out & again portion in the previous couple of miles that’s psychological torture).
I took Diego with me to the expo. It’s within the Huntington Seashore car parking zone close to Major Avenue, which is a brilliant cute space for those who’re not acquainted with the world.
I helped my mother watch my nieces Friday night time and most of Saturday. We celebrated my Dad’s birthday, coloured, performed Guess in 10, watched Zombies 3, went to the park, received mango on a stick…
Mainly, I didn’t have time to consider the race till Saturday night time after I realized I wanted to format my flat runner for the race. So, I wasn’t as properly hydrated or mentally ready as I wish to be, however it was only a half marathon so I wasn’t fearful about it.
I used to be fearful about attending to the race though- final time I ran this one Kristin drove (and found out all of the logistics). I made positive to get there additional early in case I used to be improper about avenue closures.
I made one improper flip although and ended up in an extended line into the car parking zone.
Fortunately, I had loads of time to spare! However… it felt like I parked MILES away from the beginning. I figured it was like a lil heat up earlier than the race (as a result of I don’t truly heat up).
I met up with Pam earlier than the race and we tried to pack in hours of catch up tremendous quick as a result of we weren’t planning on working collectively.
Round mile 5 Elise discovered me and we ran collectively for a couple of miles. It was enjoyable to speak! I ought to’ve been in a position to sustain together with her, however on the flip round level I began to fade. I failed on my fueling technique and typically it’s high-quality, however immediately it wasn’t.
I assumed that they had the identical gasoline they’ve had up to now (Clif Gels – which I like) so I didn’t convey any with me. Properly, that they had one other gel which might have been high-quality however I COULDN’T OPEN IT. It was a twist off not a tear away and my arms have been chilly and sweaty… so I attempted for a bit after which tossed it.
This could have been okay if I had been grabbing electrolytes on the support stations main as much as this and after… however, my useful dandy future telling machine is within the store – so I didn’t have this data.
Lengthy story brief… I began to decelerate and couldn’t decide it up.
Then, I began to get a cramp in my hamstring. The cramp was approach up excessive, beneath my butt too – one thing I’ve by no means felt earlier than, so it scared me. Because it was a brand new ache and so near my butt I considered stopping to stretch, however wasn’t positive how… so I stored going and prayed I may maintain it collectively till the end. [I think the cramp was caused by some new strength and conditioning exercises I started this week. They’re things that will help in the long run, but I shouldn’t have done so many new moves so close to race day.]
I targeted on pumping my arms to assist my legs maintain going and figured I may stretch out previous the end line. It labored! I completed (not quick or robust, however I completed).
My end time was 1:52:49, which is a mean tempo of 8:36 per mile. It’s not time for me, however the gasoline and cramp factor threw me off my recreation bodily and mentally. I attempted to maintain management of the psychological aspect of it and was in a position to KIT (maintain it collectively). That is one thing I’ve been engaged on and actually consider is the important thing to working sooner, stronger and higher. So, it feels good to have issues go improper and never allow them to takeover your mindset.
Total: I must work on my fueling and my hamstrings. I did properly with maintaining my head within the recreation when issues have been going improper.
Surf Metropolis Half Marathon end time: 1:52:49
The Surf Metropolis Marathon & Half Marathon medals have a lil stand on them, so you’ll be able to stand them up (or hold them like standard). I like that!
Operating Gear Hyperlinks:
Adjustable Sports Bra
Wick Wear Tank Top
Low Running Socks
Long Running Shorts
Garmin Running Watch
Run Eat Repeat Visor
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