I usually don’t carb load before a half marathon because I eat enough carbs day-to-day to keep my glycogen stores more than full! But, yesterday ended up being an unplanned carb loading extravaganza!
Then, Ben came home from running errands with a soft pretzel. Eating a pretzel before the Las Vegas half worked well so I went for it.
The race was only a few miles from my house so I went solo. Driving and parking was a breeze.
I felt pretty good this morning. And even with 10 miles yesterday, my legs felt fine. At first.
Around mile 11 I felt like I was out of steam. But, I kept chugging along.
The Course: The course is a nice little loop around Irvine. There is a section through a trail-y area (but it’s still paved). It’s pretty quiet, not a ton of spectator support until the end. The Half Marathon joins with the 10k around mile 11.5. This isn’t great since when I got to that point the 10kers were a lot of walkers. It’s hard to keep running when you’re tired and people around you are walking. Warning: it’s slightly uphill on the way back. Not visibly noticeable, but your legs feel it.
Half Marathon Splits:
- Mile 1: 8:01
- Mile 2: 8:02
- Mile 3: 8:12
- Mile 4: 8:03
- Mile 5: 8:16
- Mile 6: 8:29
- Mile 7: 8:07
- Mile 8: 8:37 (fading!)
- Mile 9: 8:35
- Mile 10: 8:21
- Mile 11: 8:29
- Mile 12: 8:35
- Mile 13: 8:45
- Last .23: 8:06
I’m not happy with the time, but I haven’t been legitimately training so I’m not going to beat myself up over it. I’ve decided to start noting what I learned from races so I can take something positive away from it either way.
When I was done Chiara and I headed back to the sidelines to cheer on Heather. I was taking a random picture of the runners and it turns out this is a reader who shouted out to me! I met three new readers at this race! Hello ladies
He was in front of me for the first 7 miles, but I caught up with him (go me) and asked him where he got them. He said the Tapatio website ($9).
The Victory Lap: Pumpkin pancakes with a yolky egg on top.
What I learned from this race:
1. One handheld water bottle is not enough water for 13 miles. I was THIRSTY and still am actually.
2. I don’t suck at hills. In last week’s Big Sur race and this one I passed people on the hills. I don’t like them, but I can take ‘em more than I thought.
3. If I want to run faster/stronger I need to push more on my weekday runs.
Question: What did you learn this weekend?