The past few weeks have been very tough for me. I know that most of you know I have had a very tough year. Life just gets tough sometimes. Well I have really been struggling even with my running Since HTC at the end of August I have been in a bit of depression. It was caused more from my personal issues but I just havent felt like running.
The only thing that has helped me has been signing up for some races I have run 2 - 10ks and today I ran a half Marathon. My running has always been a great stress reliever for me and it really has helped. I am thankful I had those races to keep me focused on something besides my Personal problems.
I ran the two 10ks one at 53 minutes and the other at 52 minutes
Then today I ran a half Marathon It was my 12th Half Marathon Since April of 2010. I have had quite a journey and I am so thankful for all those people that have encouraged me and been my friends.
In the last 6 months I have been struggling with Spark people having a hard time keeping up with the teams that have been there for me. I have many friends and I sometimes feel like I have deserted them, but I know that right now that I need to work on me and my personal issues.
I decided to run the North County Wine Half. I know most of my friends are wondering why I would even sign up for a wine half because I dont drink wine because of religious reasons.
When I first signed up for the run I looked at the elevation chart and it looked very hilly in fact there was more up or down then any level miles. That had me a bit concerned but before the race I decided I would just go out and run and see how it goes. So, I had no expectations
I had met a few friends at the race and so I was way back in the pack with them since it was a chip timed race it doesnt matter where you start. I would say there was about 500 runners.
I told myself I was going to go out slow and since I knew the first mile was uphill I just did it slow. Mile 1 pace 9:15
I was feeling really good, I was passing lots of people but I tried to keep holding back! I didnt want to go out to fast and even though I was trying to take it easy I looked down at the garmin and my pace was now 8:50 I was going to fast but now we were headed downhill and I just kept going and was feeling good. Mile 2 Pace 8:26 The next few miles were either downhill or level Mile 3 Pace 8:37 I was beginning to think I was going to have a great run but I also knew that there were some hills coming up.
The race started at one winery and the second water station was in the 2nd winery. It was kind a cool running through the vineyard and that made the run fun.
I was still running good. Mile 4 Pace 8:29 I still felt good and was really a bit surprised that I felt so good with all that had gone on in the last month. My running has suffered. Mile 5 Pace 8:37 .
This was such a beautiful run in the countryside The weather was perfect for running around 55-60 degrees and cloudy and no rain. A perfect fall day to do a run. Christmas tree farms lots of green A few pics I like taking pictures as I run. They came out a little blurry sometimes but I am running a race.
The run now has turned into rolling hills with some up and some down at this point in the race its more up and its that way until the end of the race.
Mile 6 Pace 9:43 This went way up because we ran through the vineyard and a water station and more hills took a picture of the grapes.
Mile 7 Pace 9:58 More hills but I am still feeling good I am running right up them with no problems I seem to be passing the same runners over and over so we start talking to each other. I love doing this talking to the other runners.
Since this is my 12th Half marathon it seems like some of the HM the miles go by so slowly this one the miles some to go by quickly. I guess its because there are lots of turns and you dont have those long stretches of road in front of you. I remember one spot where I could see that there was a big hill in front of me down the road a ways and was so happy when just before the hills starts we turn and no hill. I loved that. Mile 8 Pace 8:53
I still am doing well I am really amazed I feel so good I did an 11 mile run about 2 weeks ago and it was very hard and I guess that is why I was so concerned for this race. Mile 9 Pace 10:00 More hills
Around this time we head into the second Vineyard and as we get to water station I get my water and then the head out We actually get to run through the barn how cool is that
I am still feeling strong Mile 10 pace 9:18
I continue through I am really feeling pretty good I am thankful I prepared this week with a couple 6 mile runs and my nutrition was good this week. I am sure that is making all the difference. The 10k last week I felt terrible during the run. Not today I took my Hammer gel one at the beginning of the race and around 7 miles and I know at the end of the race I had a lot left more on that coming up.
Mile 11 Pace 10:03 mostly up on the hills right now and then the big hill The steepest hill of the whole run and they put it at 11.50 into the run.
The hill just kept going up and up!
Not really fair but I guess its like life. Not always fair! I tell myself that I am going to run up it but halfway up and start to walk. Another runner joins me and we walk up together one of those runners that I have been leap frogging the entire race come to find out she is having issues with her Allergies and breathing issues. Well we get to the top and more up but I decide I am going to for it. Get too the 12 mile mark. Mile 12 Pace 10:27 that hill I walked up.
Time for the home stretch I push Push some more Mile 13 pace 8:30
I had a lot left in the tank and I finish strong 1:59:44 was the garmin time Not sure of the official time the gun time was 2:00:45 but I started way back so I know I was under 2 hours at the beginning of the day I didnt think it was possible.
It was a great day with Pizza and Wine after no wine for me, but shared my wine ticket with my friends on the way home it began to rain and so I think the fall rains are here to stay. I feel good about today and the accomplishment and I ran a very smart race.
Sorry this is so long but it really was a fun day!!!