Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Saturday I did the Star Cit Half Marathon. It is put on by the local running group The Star Cit Striders. There were little less than 500 people. Even though it is in my home town this is the first time I have done it. Last year I did my first race in Richmond, so this is what I have to compare it to.
The course wasn't bad. The one hill up Avenham I was worried about turned out to be nothing. It was coming down that hill that got me. During this training I have had issues with my hip that made me wonder if I would even be able to do the race. Going down the hill I decided to try and make some speed. Bad idea... the hip and knee were not happy, so I had to slow it down. I don't know if everybody does this but about mile 4 I was saying to myself "what am I doing here, have I lost my mind?" But I just kept going. I trained with 4 other people, but alas they are all younger and faster than me, so by mile 4 they were well on there way. I knew most of the streets we were on, but it's definitely a different perspective when you run them. From about mile 8 on the course was on a greenway. It was scenic. Part of it I had been on and part of it I had not. When I got to mile 10 I saw that I was at 1:54. I couldn't believe it. 10 miles in under 2 hours, maybe, just maybe I could finish in 2:30. My original goal was 2:45, but when I saw my time at mile 10 I knew I had to push myself to see what I could do. The last 2 miles were the hardest. My hip and knee where not happy. It was alot of walk/run. I just kept pushing myself thinking that if I didn't try my best I would be disappointed. Thankfully it was all pretty flat. The last mile was so hard, I just wanted it to end. I just couldn't hit the 2:30 mark. But, I finished at 2:35. I feel like I pushed all I had in me to get. I can live with the results. There are no bands or many spectators on this course as in Richmond. I would say most of the spectators were just regular people who happened to out on the course. Everyone one I ran by was very supportive and yelling and cheering you on. But there were lots of places where it was just you and the road. The finish had a nice line up of people, which helped me sprint thru that finish. I guess the nice thing about a hometown race is no travel involved. I got to celebrate that night at dinner with friends. Now I'm ready to back off the long runs for the winter and just think about spring.
Here's the group I trained with. This is us before the race.