marathon #28; woodlands #3
splits: 6:52 (it's going to be a long day), 6:38, 6:39, 6:28, 6:26, 6:39, 12:54 for 2 (6:27 pace), 6:28, 6:28, 6:35, 6:37, 6:37, 6:41, 6:35, 6:41, 6:40, 6:46, 6:51, 6:36, 20:43 for 3 (6:54 pace), 7:05, 15:53 for 2.2 (7:13 pace).
flat kersplat. muggysticky soaked skin and clothes. brick legs. old lady back cramps. salty forehead.
- my goal today was 2:52, but i knew (way too) early on that it was not going to happen. i never got it going, the pace felt forced most of the time, and i was feeling like it was mile 23 at mile 13. that made the second half of the race extremely long and painful. i spent every mile just willing myself to the next mile. just find 15, 15, 15, 15. now get to 16, 16, 16, 16, 16. i don't usually fall in the pain pit until 21 or 22, so it was just a long long race trying to keep myself from completely falling apart, or just falling over and rolling into the woods to hide.
- this was my third year running this race, and each year the course has been different (single loop this year). i do not know exactly how the courses compare (in terms of this year's time vs. 2012 and 2013), but they were all pretty similar. i planned to run 2:52 on this version of the course, and i very much missed the mark. threither way, all three courses went around the mostly flat, almost-sea-level woodlands, and this is the type of coursre i will have to run if i ever want to make an attempt at the trials standard...13+ minutes off isn't close at all. reality check today.
- thank you to the woodlands race management. they have a great elite program and they are always so nice about everything. in spite of my somewhat negative experience with the race today, i did like the new course and everything was very organized and well-marked (except for a few missing mile marker flags at the end of the race).
- miles 13-15: there was a boy, maybe 7 or 8 years old, riding his bike along path next to the course. he was spewing with trash talk -- he hated me. "i am going faster than you. i am going to kick your butt. i am still ahead of you. i am going to obliterate you. you crazy lady. i am still beating you. hey lady. hey. lady! i am still beating you. i am going to beat you down. still beating you. hey lady! hey. you are losing." this was fueling me. he disappeared after 15 and i was sad because it was the only interaction i had and it took my mind off the negative noise in my head. but yeah, i don't like being called lady. ladyface is fine though.
- i recognize that i didn't properly prepare myself to run this race. i got some good workouts in, but i only did two long runs and zero tempo/mp work. it showed. my races and workouts were faster leading up to this race than they were last year, but i was missing some key elements and it's a good reminder that you can't neglect this stuff. you can't fake it. and you can't rush it.
- ^ oh my dearie, you would think i would know this by now.
- i've lost some fitness since last fall, but i think i can get it back with smarter training and a more patient approach. i am going to take it easy for a couple of weeks, then turn my focus to the 5k. i am planning to run the tucson 5000 in may, and hopefully i will be prepared to go after a PR there. after that, i will go back to marathony stuff (des news!!)