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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Silver Strand.

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Running the Silver Strand Half Marathon has become a yearly tradition for me. When I returned home to California in 2008, I've made it a point to run this race every November. But after this last event, in which I missed my mark, a sub 2 hour, and having to weave in and out of a crowd of people for at least 5 miles into the race, I decided that I wouldn't run this race ever again. The race organizers decided to add a 10-miler which made the race that much larger, and only one side of Orange Ave. up through the 75 is open for the runners. While this allows traffic to continue in both directions on the Strand, it makes for a crowded race and less enjoyment, at least on my part.
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I struggled to finish strong in 2:01:22.8. My legs felt like heavy weights at miles 11-13, and I miscalculated how close I really was to getting a sub 2. Forgetting that I started in the very back of the pack and that the 2 hour pacers started 2 minutes before I actually crossed the start line, I may have been able to push harder, especially since I had passed them at mile 10. Needless to say, my pacing sucks; I might have went too hard too fast; my soreness before the race may not have helped my performance; or I just need to lose 5 more pounds. Since I will find it difficult to lose more weight, given my increased appetite with increased mileage, the only thing I can work on right now is pacing. Did I mention I hate pacing? All I care about is finishing faster than before or beating an old time.
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Though I'm excited to continue training for as long as I can. I have quite a few races in my future, and now I feel like I have to squeeze in more just to feel like I am getting as much out of myself and life in general. I could be leaving sooner like I originally was anticipating. It's a bittersweet life that we live, sailing away from everything we know and love towards that which is much larger than you, me, and a hundred of us combined.

10 comments:

  1. Well, you have gone farther than me, I don't like to run and wouldn't even make a mile, haha! Fabulous girl xx

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    1. I use to hate running too believe it or not! I understand!

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  2. Sorry it didn't go as hoped :(

    On the upside your socks are still fun and you and Scott look lovely as always :)

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    1. They are compression socks so they help me recover faster!

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  3. still sounds like an amazing effort! here's to an even better run next time! awesomeness!

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  4. Sorry to hear it didn't go as you hoped, I hope next race will make you happier. :)

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  5. When I'm working on pushing myself to a faster pace, I like to think of my route in sections. Like when I started my 15-miler this week (a route that has been really hard, and I've walked a lot and been very sore after), I made sure to start really slowly. Really keep it nice and easy so I could run more later. I was able to push through some hills and flat spots that had defeated me before. I stopped to take a photo and noticed my time was just a bit slower than I wanted, and I knew exactly how many miles I had left, so I knew I could push myself for a mile of downhill and then be sure to speed walk up a mile of uphill. I've done this with my 9-miler too, running harder on sections that I know I can push myself on but still easing back on difficult uphills. I've really had success in making faster times. I end up with an average pace instead of a consistent pace, but I think it's working well.

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    1. I just find that I always want to go faster and end up going to fast in the beginning. I have a watch- I should look at it all the time, but I get so lost in the moment and caught up with all the other runners' energy and excitement. Love the uphills too!

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  6. I'm sorry the race was kinda sucky, but you look happy and hopeful! I love when Scott makes it onto the blog! Can't wait to see you guys soon!!!

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    1. Likewise Steph! It wasn't so bad, but I wanted to break 2 hours so badly!

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