Woke up at 5:20 after a night of not sleeping so well. I'm not sure if it was the anticipation or the tummy ache I got after eating dinner the night before. My husband and I loaded up the girls, got some pre-race coffee, and headed to Raley Field in Sacramento where the event took place.
We had some pretty good winds today, so it was freaking cold to my California acclimated body. The race started promptly at 8 am, and I was happy to be running to warm up! I started out the first 3 miles at my goal 10 min pace, and they felt great, easy - I was really happy!
After mile 3 I started having some issues though and slowed way down - back ache, wheezy from the wind induced allergies, and still a twinge of a tummy ache. These are the times I wish I had a running buddy that could push me along when I'm not feeling like pushing myself. I was actually jealous of the women who were chatting along easily with their running buddies while they were running, it seemed so much more effortless for them. I really needed my ipod, but they were a no-no, and I can't break rules (character flaw). I kept going though, just not as fast as I really wanted to, so here are my stats.
Avg Pace: 11:20
Road Kill Spotted : 1
Men Running in Kilts Spotted: 1
Men Running in Combat Boots and Camos: 1 (now that is bad ass)
People Running in Crazy Leprechaun Attire: Too many to count
Not quite what I hoped for, but I guess I can't complain. I'll just have to sign up for another half so I can get my 2:10 time, or heck maybe even better. The best part was running up to Raley Field for the last 1/2 mile and seeing my husband and girls cheering me on from the steps.
The course wasn't my favorite, but it wasn't horrible either. No major hills, but not the most scenic (it is hard to compare with Tahoe as my standard). There wasn't enough crowd support for my liking, I really could have used it today!
Post race celebration: Jacuzzi tub, Dreyers Coconut Fruit Bar in one hand, and a Gordon Beirsch Marzen in the other. Pure Bliss.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Ramblings of Shelley at 9:23 PM