Thursday, January 31, 2013
I am still struggling with liking these longer distances with my runs. I ran a trail run this past Sunday in a beautiful State Park not too far from my home and not too large of a crowd (approximately 250 participants).
My first trail run and the weather was beautiful. I was ready for the race (well hydrated, well fed, batteries charged). I did make the worse mistake ever and wore new shoes on race day. I know better! I am finding that I run with too many gadgets. My GPS watch isn't working (I lost my charger) so I didn't have that but I had my gymboss for intervals, my iPod with the Nike+, my cell phone and my fuel belt. Something's gotta go and most likely it will be my phone.
My game plan for this was to run 4min, walk 1 min. It's a state park and I've been there several times so there wasn't a need to stop and take pictures. That shaves time off my pace. At about mile 9 the pain sets in. My shoe is rubbing my ankle of my right foot and my toes on the left are just being beaten by the toe box. Mile 9 is about where I really hate 13.1 miles. I just want to be done. I resolved to walk the rest of the race and listen to my new audio book. Well, I did that for about another 1.5miles and finished the rest of the miles with intervals. The race wasn't timed, but my Nike+ said I completed 13.5 miles in 2:59 which means I came in minute or two faster than my Dec half.
I've decided to nix two local half races off my schedule. 1) I'm not paying $65-75 for a local race. I can run with my group 13 miles in my own city. 2) I really want to have a good time at Zooma next month as well as my other out of town races at the end of the year so those allocated funds will go to better races.
I will run Zooma in Bastrop and gauge one more time how I really feel about 13.1 miles. If I'm still hating the run at miles 9/10, then I will just run 10Ks and work on faster 10K times and look for half marathons that offer relays.
Now, to find a relay partner!