The day finally arrived – the half marathon!
I signed up for the 3TV Phoenix 10k/Half Marathon – it was the 38th annual race so it’s been going strong for quite a few years. I chose Phoenix so I could combine this race with a visit to an old friend.
My friend and I took a ~6 mile walk around Scottsdale greenbelt the day before, so my legs were nice and loose. I made sure to drink a gallon of water, and I ate two packets of instant oatmeal for dinner. Other than butterflies, I felt pretty good the morning of the race!
The start line was in Downtown Phoenix. I was glad that it was a little bit nippy and cloudy, since the weather forecast predicted temps in the mid-80s. Unfortunately, the cloud cover and chill in the air didn’t last too long.
Once I hit Mile 7, I followed the intervals I’d programmed in RunKeeper – run 1 mile, walk a quarter of a mile. This worked until Mile 12 when I pretty much ran out of gas. I walked that entire mile and planned to run the last 1.1 miles, but it didn’t quite work out that way.
Phoenix was a good course because it was flat, but running in 80 degrees with the sun beating down wasn’t great. I finished in the bottom 20%. I knew I was bringing up the rear, but I didn’t think I was that slow. I’m trying to remind myself that I am not running these races to compete, but it is a bit discouraging.
I don’t know how I feel about this race. I started out reasonably well and felt confident, but then my energy started to flag (and Gu didn’t help. It was kind of gross, actually). Usually when I finish a race, I come home and sign up for as many more as I can
afford find, but this one left me feeling meh. Right now I’m not motivated to try another half. I think I could do better if I followed a stricter training plan, but I’m not sure if I want to.
I’m looking forward to the races I’ve got scheduled – a couple of turkey trots, an ugly sweater run, and the Tinkerbell 10K at Disneyland, but for now I think I’ll just cool it on the half marathon plans.
How was your weekend?