Saturday, August 11, 2012
It rained a lot yesterday. That being the case, I figured that ... I HOPED that ... it meant a dry cold front had passed through the area. When I got up and prepared to leave, I didn't even bother poking my nose outside, I was so sure.
And of course, I was wrong. As soon as I headed for the truck, I got a nose full of humid air. The cloud deck was low. There was a little new rain on the pavement. I was still convinced that it was going to be a cooler, nicer day than last week.
It was not. Except for the fact that it was mostly cloudy for the entire duration of the race, it was almost identical to Sunday at Riley's Rumble. And while the hills were not quite as brutal, they were not entirely different from what I run all the time in Catonsville.
In my mind, it just HAD to be better conditions than Sunday, so I started out much better but by about halfway through the course, I started to feel it and I started to drag. Everything was ok with me. No ankle or knee pain. Oddly enough, where I did hurt was in my left big toe. Weird, right?
I finished in 2:35:15. Better than the last two half marathons. It looks like as long as it's hot, my times will be not as good as I would like. My current PR for a Half is 2:06:38. That's OK. I have several races coming up in the fall. We will get back on track.