As advertised, the course was mostly gravel/fire trail with a small portions of pavement. The course was well marked and there were plenty of volunteers to provide directions and water/sports drink along the way. The event also included a marathon, 10K, and 5K – drawing over 1500 runners in total.
As is the case with all Brazen races, it was a quality event – they know how to do it right. The post-race expo was great with plenty of food and people simply hanging out. I hadn’t run a Brazen race in a few months and noticed that this time they had pacers for the half and full, which was nice.
- Garmin time: 1:51:42 at an 8:28/mile pace.
- Official time: 1:52:14 at an 8:34/mile pace. [the time diff is because I hit the wrong watch button at the start…doh!]
Before diving into the details of the race, let me say that I am happy with my sub-2 hour time and overall/gender/age group placing…
Again, this was my second “half”, so the pressure was on to meet or beat my results from last week – pressure from myself and no one else, of course. I pretty much followed the same pre-race tapering, pre-race carbing, and mid-race fueling plans that I did for the Pleasanton Half. I also planned to follow the same pacing plan (1:49:), so I started the race with the 1:50 pace group.
Ah, the best laid plans…
As you can see, by mile four, I dropped the plan and just ran the race/mile I was on until the final 1.1 miles.
Anyway, like I said, I’m happy with my sub-2 hour time and overall/gender/age group placing, but here are my take-a-ways from the Western Pacific Half:
- Start pace. I still start too fast for a longer race. Last week is was -:27 and -:21 for miles one and two – this week -:24 and -:14. I knew I was running too fast (by feel and watch) and, in my head as I ran, I could hear that part of the movie Without Limits where Bowerman and Prefontaine argue about negative splits. must. do. better. in. this. area.
- Shoes. I need to get trail shoes. After about mile eight, I could pretty much feel each
rockpebble on each footfall. I love my Reebok RealFlex Runners and they did fine for the 3 to 4 miles of trail in last week’s half, but they are NOT trail shoes and 13.1 in them was too long. Investment in trail shoes on the horizon.
- Injury (?). The day after running the Pleasanton Half, I noticed that my right hip had a “crick” in it. I rested it, nursed it on and after my subsequent taper runs, and it seemed to have worked itself out. I felt good on race day and I didn’t really have pain during the race. I did notice it slightly after the race, later that day, and a bit today. Not sure it’s an injury, maybe just soreness or the result of…
- Frequency. Doing two halfs in as many weeks may not be the best thing – at least at this point in my training. I did well on both, but in the long run (running actively the rest of my life), I probably need to throttle back or at least bow out if I have a “crick” or something. That said, would I do it again – probably; though quality of the race needs to trump quantity.
So, half marathon number two is in the books! As with #1, it was a learning experience and further reinforced my love of running.
For my post-race meal, I risked pink slime and downed an Angus Bacon Burger and fries from McD’s – CHOMP!
- 101st Bay to Breakers on May 20th
Training Journal – 5/7/12:
- Current plan: Half-marathon program
- Today’s session: Rest day
- Comments: Given my “crick”, I am taking a few extra days off for recovery…