On August 29, 2009, I ran the Sankara iWalk 2009 1/2 marathon. I did not sign up for it until Thursday. My training schedule called for a 11 mile run so I thought this might be fun and different.
The 1/2 marathon started at 8am. And, it was hot! I heard that it hit mid-90s during the run. It was painful. The course was flat, but there was no shade. Since it was a training run, I thought I would run at a 9 min a mile pace and try to come in under 2 hours. For whatever reason, I started off fast (well fast for me). The first mile I did about 7 min a mile. The second mile I was about 8 min a mile. As I stated it was very hot. So I made a big mistake by starting off fast. Between mile 4 and 5, I lost all my energy and I had to start walking. I just felt beat and dizzy. It was a tough run. I'm not a big fan of running in the heat to begin with, but without shade and no wind, it was difficult to hit your timing goals. The next 4 or 5 miles were a struggle for me. My avg pace quickly increased (as in slower and slower). 8:30, then 9:00 min a mile. Soon I was at 9:10 am at the halfway point. When I ran I was doing okay. At the halfway point, if I could keep pace then I could fight to come in under 2 hours. However, it was just getting hotter and by mile 7, I knew I had to walk again. So the rest of the race, I ran when I could and walked when I lost energy. Generally, I would go about a mile to a mile and a half running and then walk a little. It was a very disappointing run because I expected to come in under 2 hours. I finished at 2:08:37.
I was glad that I finished strong. The last two-three miles I pushed to maintain a good pace. Here is a picture of me after the race. One other note, I was very happy that someone that I run with when I run in the 9 min pace group came in first in her age group. That was exciting.
A bad run (even if you have an excuse) just beats away at your confidence so it's nice to come back with a good run. I feel that if I'm smart about not starting too fast, in my next 1/2 marathon I should be able to break the 2 hr mark. Hopefully, I can do that at the R&R San Jose 1/2 marathon so that I could feel that I have some glimer of hope of running a sub 4 at the SV marathon.