Last year I did this race as a training run for my January marathon. I was in much better shape and so focused on training. Very different story this year - all summer I have been running shorter distances and feel beaten up by the heat and humidity, I'm just trying to hang on until the cooler weather arrives.
What a bummer that Saturday was so hot and humid, it sure didn't help me mentally or physically. I knew I didn't want to go out too fast and I didn't. I was actually feeling pretty good for the first 5 miles keeping a 9:30-10:00 min pace and then things went downhill. I was sweating up a storm, the sun was beating down on me and I didn't want to run. From this point on I walked and ran the last three miles.
|Hot, sweaty and red faced|
That wasn't the only difference last year's after race festivities included a food fest with tastes from local restaurants. Not so this year, it was a bagel from Panera and your typical race tents.
The other change this year was the race course. I like both courses, but this one did have us going through more of downtown which is fun to run through. It was nice to see it from a different perspective.
|Great tech T - one of my favorites!|
|Got a medal too!|
I have some work to do to be ready for my half marathon in January but I have time. I am even considering trying the walk/run method on some of my longer runs until I get my distance stamina back. I wonder if it's hard to transition out of that?
Have you used the run/walk before? What is a good race ratio?