Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Another GAR (Great Aloha Run) is done. I'm feeling it this morning, but I'm definitely bouncing back faster than I did the first few times I did it.
This was my 11th GAR. Hard to believe I've been doing it since 2003. I looked up my times from past years, and my times vary quite a bit. My best time was last year at 1:43:18. My worst was a few years ago when I did it in 1:53:23. This year I did it in 1:51:25.
I know I was running a lot more consistently before the race last year as compared to this year. The last time I ran before the race this year was 3 weeks ago when I did the Epilepsy Foundation's 5K. On of my biggest achievements for this GAR was the amount of running I actually did. Usually I run for a bit, then walk, etc. I started off the GAR by running the first 3.5 miles. I'm definitely getting this running 5K thing down. Then I walked for a few minutes through the water stop (I have a hard enough time walking and drinking - no way can I keep running! LOL). Then I ran for another 1.5 miles or so before the next water stop. Walked for a few minutes, then ran for another 1.5 miles to the final water stop. I was hoping to then run the final little over a mile to the finish line, but after my walk and about 1 minute of running, I had to go back to walking. But I did then pick it back up about .5 miles from the finish. I was running (and bopping really good to "Chicks dig it") during the photo taking spot just before we enter the stadium parking lot. I kept a steady pace around the lot and then was able to really turn it on when we make the turn to go into the stadium. That's where the course goes down hill and onto the stadium floor. I finished strong for sure!
So despite have a slower time, I'm jazzed that I ran as much as I did. When I did run, I was pretty good about maintaining a 13:30 mile. So i'm getting better with my ability to maintain a steady pace - something that I've always had a hard time with. And after the run, although I was achy, I was still feeling pretty good. Even today, I'm achy, but I'm not worn out.
Unfortunately I didn't get to meet up with any of the Hawaii Sparkers. My husband and our other friends were itchy to leave. They are all faster runners - finishing in just under an hour to 1:30, so even by the time I got there, they were ready to leave.
So time to get back to it - Jazzercise tonight, and Zumba tomorrow night.