The race is run and the day is done.
Surf City was the site of my very first half marathon back in ‘09 and today’s race was my 25th half marathon overall. It seemed fitting that I ran my silver anniversary race back where it all began.
I had a good run, going out with a bit of a chip on my shoulder. One of my goals is always to run a “negative split” (second half faster than my first half). It turned out that both halves ended up being equal. I think I was slowed a little bit in the second half by the headwinds that kicked up in the last five miles and a bunching of runners near the end. I also went out of the starting gate a wee too fast, burning up my energy a little too rapidly early on and thus preventing me from quickening my pace in the last few miles.
Still, a great race and a helluva lot of fun. Can’t wait to run it again in 2015.
CHIP TIME: 2:06:33 (New PR)
PACE: 9:40 min/mile
PLACE: 4761 out of 15,447
And now it is time to sleep.
Good night… and run on!
They always say the most important night of sleep before a race is two days before. So, today should have been my day to sleep in. Apparently someone forget to tell my brain that little tidbit as I woke up on my own at 5:00am. Of course I’m typically up this early on Saturday to run anyway, so no biggie…
Let’s get up and at ‘em. Time to head down to Huntington Beach and brave The Surf City Expo.
So bags are packed, hydration continues and it’s time to tally ho, sally forth and all that jazz.
More to come…