Happy Monday Friends!
I know that I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I’m exhausted, even after laying on the couch all day yesterday after we got home. I think I got up 10 times and that was to let the dogs out, or use the bathroom. I did not move much.
Today I am feeling better GI issue wise. My knee is still a little tender, and my quads are all sorts of pissed off. Who wouldn’t be after the abuse they took yesterday? 🙂
Incase you missed yesterday’s race recap, you can read it HERE.
Now that I feel better I am riding high on my PR yesterday. I’m excited, and ready to take on another half! I’ve been thinking a lot about what went right, and what went wrong at yesterday’s race. I’ve also been thinking about how well put together the race was.
First, a review of the actual race. I absolutely LOVE Ft. Desoto. Love. It’s a beautiful park. They have a great paved running trail which we run on for most of the race. The race does start out in the parking lot, loops through a picnic area, back through the parking lot and then you take off onto the paved trails. I don’t love running in parking lots, but they are nicely paved with no pot holes (that I saw), so it works okay.
Seriously, who doesn’t love running next to the beach. You can see the beach, and the water from miles 4-6ish. Somewhere between miles 6 & 8 it opens up and you can see the Skyway Bridge, OMG, gorgeous.
The volunteers were great! The only station I thought I might not get water was the first one, I think they only had 2 or 3 volunteers there and I just about didn’t get any water. The first water stop was at 2.3 so maybe they weren’t expecting to many people to get water so early. All the other stops had plenty of volunteers and I never thought I might not get what I needed. At mile 7 they had oranges, I didn’t have any, but I saw them there. I also read on a race paper they gave us in the packet that they would have vaseline at several of the stops. I don’t know if it was there, I didn’t ask, but I thought that was cool for anyone that needed it.
The finish line was great. They had plenty of people to cut of f the chips, and when I told the lady there was no way I was lifting my leg up to that bucket she got down and cut if off my shoe. WIN. They also had ice cold water at the finish. I hate it when races don’t have cold water at the finish. Gasparilla didn’t. Fail. They also had plenty of people handing out medals so I didn’t have to hunt anyone down for my hard earned Starfish.
Speaking of medals, who doesn’t love a gold starfish! Seriously! I love their medals! They are so awesome!
I love this race group! They put on 4 other races through out the year. I would definitely recommend this race to anyone! It’s seriously awesome!
My own race reflection:
Truthfully, I’m 97% happy with the way my race went.
I’m very happy with my splits. Mile 1 was 5 seconds to slow, but it was congested. I think that is one thing I would change is to line up closer to the front. I was not surrounded by walkers, it was just really, really congested getting to the start line. If I moved a little more towards the front I’d be through the start line quicker, and into the loop quicker and hopefully avoid some of the congestion that was in that loop. That was the most frustrating part of the whole race. People were running 3 across and it was impossible to get by. I definitely don’t think I went out to fast.
David advised me here not to go out to fast: You know your expected race pace and simply do not allow yourself to get all caught up in the hoopla and start running more than 5 seconds per mile faster. If you do, you will pay dearly later on. (from a comment he left last week on another post)
I got water or gatorade at every water station. I don’t know if it was the gatorade that jacked up my stomach, but next time I think I’ll stick to just water.
I ate some sport beans around mile 6. I didn’t feel like i needed them, but it was half way through the race, and it seemed like a good time to take them. I never felt like I was getting tired, or running out of energy, so I think I’ll stick with that strategy.
I think I gave it all I had in my last two miles- When looking at my splits I’d say I gave it all I had. I was ran hard. I sprinted for that finish line with my arms in the air. I don’t care how cliche it is to run with your hands in the air towards the finish line. I killed all of my goals and I couldn’t have been happier!
I’ve been scoping out future half-marathons for about 2 weeks… “Hi, my name is Jena, and I’m addicted to training for half-marathons.” I’ve pretty much decided which two I will run this
summer, er fall. But let’s be honest, it’s like Summer in Florida until at least December.
First up, a half marathon put on by the awesomely wonderful guy that put on yesterday’s race, The Florida Halloween Halfathon. It’s the exact same course as yesterday, so that’s always a plus.
After that is the Women’s Half Marathon in St. Pete. Remember last year when I ran this race, and it was horrible. Well, I will have none of that this year. I am going back to tackle this race course.
Florida Road Races also puts on a half in December, the same weekend as my birthday. What better way to celebrate my birthday than self-inflicted torture, right? This is 4 weeks after WHM…and it goes over one cause way, and two overpasses. I’ll have to think on this one. I hate bridges & hills of any kind. Such a wimp.
Train harder. It’s pretty much unacceptable to be running the small amount of miles that I run weekly. I would like to increase my miles but I’m not quite sure how much yet.
Break 1:50. That’s natural, right? I think with a summer full of hard training that it totally attainable. Training through the summer sounds like the worst idea ever, but it will make me a better runner, right? RIGHT?! And, it’s not like I can just stop running and wait for winter to appear. (Y’all know we don’t have a fall here).
I’m pretty sure this is long enough. Hope everyone is enjoying their Monday.
Happy Monday Y’all!