Monday, October 04, 2010
It was an incredibly busy weekend with the Lewis and Clark Half Marathon wedged in Sunday morning. My time was 2:20:13, about 2 minutes slower than last year.
My son built his first computer this weekend. The final box of parts arrive Friday afternoon. He was definitely at the beginning of the learning curve. Almost every instance of our time at home this weekend revolve around that computer build. My son and husband did the assembly. I hit the computer and google when things did not go as expected. When we went to bed Sunday night he had insalled his operating system. He's trying to same money and went with Linex.
My son also had 2 baseball game, the last of Fall Ball, and one soccer games and my dd had two lifeguard shifts.
But I digress. The half marathon went great. In my book it was perfect running weather. Calm, no wind, sunny a 40 degrees at the start. Only downside is that hour long wait before the race where you feel cold.
I had a long talk to my husband before the run. Told him he was free to run faster than me, but I was going to keep the pace that felt right. I decided to run 2:45 and walk 1:00. My goal pace on my Garmin was 10:35. Because of the crowds we did the first mile as a straight run. We aimed at keeping our run at 10:35. Doing straight running meant starting with a slow run. For the later miles our goal was to average 10:35 and walk a little over 1/4 of the time. This strategy worked really well. At the end of a mile the crowds had thinned out a bit and we started the Gymboss for our 2:45 runs 1:00 walks. My husband did start to lose me a couple times. But I did not change my pace and he did notice that he was running faster and slowed down.
Unfortunately my husband twisted his knee last weekend when out water skiing. This was only his second time trying water skiing with the first being about 30 years ago. His knee started really bothering him at about mile 10. For my last two races I've started dropping walks at mile 10. If I had run alone I probably would have done it today, but those walks help with my dh's knee pain, so we kept them in until the very last mile.
For the last mile I did one walk break and then ran the rest. My husband did an extra walk, but caught up with me and our official time is 2 seconds apart.
Observations. I don't feel like I ran a half marathon today. I'm thinking it really helped keeping the walks breaks to almost the end. This is interesting to think about, because eliminating the breaks on mile 11 and 12 might have shaves a minute or two from my total time, but that's all.