I now realize my delay in posting about the results of the OC Half-marathon is actually a metaphor for my performance on that day. Slow is the operative word here.
I did finish, though. Heck yeah.
But let's look at the stats:
Out of 5,251 finishers of the half-marathon, I was 1,867. Emmy was 1,234.
Men: 1,247 out of 2,618; M25-29: 110 out of 182
Total time -- 2:14:06, Pace: 10:14
Women: 344 out of 2,633 (!); W19-24: 41 out of 186
Total time -- 2:03:08, Pace: 9:24
At about mile 8, I was struggling. Emmy was trying to pull me, but I was having none of that. By mile 9, she was 10 yards in front of me. She turned around and I waved her on. I tried to say something like "Go get 'em." But she swears I said, "Ggggoeeem," with a phlegmy accent. It was rough.
Our training definitely prepared us to finish the race. However, I don't think I'm cut out for pushing a run of that distance. Actually, I don't think I want to try to be cut out for pushing a run of that distance. The training runs (with the exception of the long run with Toby and Joe Decker) were kind of boring when they went over an hour and a half. I had a hard time getting psyched for them and I think that kept me from really working in the Zone 3 and 4 areas that would have upped my finishing speed.
Both Emmy and I had a 10K split of 55:19 (an 8:54 pace). That was right on target of where we wanted to be and actually faster than the 10K we ran in March 2007.
That's kind of encouraging. I have Wildflower coming up in May, and training for that is going to include intervals and hills. Lot o' hills (thanks ActiveX!).
But all in all, the race experience was fun. We got to stay in the hotel, hang out at the expo, see some of Orange County you won't see on the E! Channel. It was a learning experience and it's always fun to push myself to a limit and then persevere through it.
That's been the question concerning training since Thanksgiving. Should I get up at dawn on my day off to run a 5K turkey trot? I could just run the same route later.... I went. Had fun. Good decision.
That weekend, though, was a different story. I'm trying to stick to Gale Bernhardt's half-marathon training plan in preparation for the OC half-marathon on January 6. But the Sunday after Thanksgiving I just wasn't feeling it. So I stayed inside, watched football and read comic books. Oh well.
Then Tuesday came along and with it, Arch's ActiveX training ( Welcome to ActiveX). Should I join up, even though it wasn't really built in to the training? I did. It hurt. But it was fun. It's significantly easier to stay motivated while working out in a group setting. Plus, I look damn good in those videos, huh? Haha!
But one workout an athlete doesn't make (does sense that make?), and when the time for ActiveX workout no. 2 came along on Friday, there was another stay or go decision to ponder. It was raining and Arch was promising an outdoor workout. But shoot, if Luke's Active Blog and Michelle are going then I gotta go, too, yeah? Can't wait to see the video for that one.
Now it's Saturday afternoon. The training plan calls for a 2-hour run--the longest I will have ever done. But UConn plays Gonzaga on ESPN soon. And then the Ironman World Championships is on. And then it'll almost be dark, and then...