September 18, 2005
did not stop
Today I finally ran an ok race. It was a 20K in Naples, FL, which is about 170 miles south of here (and still hot hot hot like Florida is supposed to be in the summertime). Prior to this race I'd run 4 races in Naples - including this one in 2003 and 2004 - and all 4 were mediocre at best, mostly owing to stomach problems during the race (every damn time). I honestly began to think that the water in Naples disagreed with me, so this weekend I drank mostly bottled water.
This time I also had a PLAN, which was to run miles 1 - 3 @7:10, 4 - 7 @ 7:00 and then try really really hard to pick it up after that. I wore my GPS during to make sure I stayed at those paces. Of course, that's not what happened. During the first mile I looked at the watch and the lap pace said something like 6:17. I decided the watch was off (sometimes it takes a little bit to calibrate at the start of a mile), but I slowed down anyway. A little while later the watch said 6:21, so I slowed down some more, but it felt so easy - I actually felt I could talk, though I didn't, and 6-anything is not anything I'd consider talking pace. Anyway, I finally slowed enough to hit the first mile in 6:43, then ran 7s or a little under for the next 7 miles, then started to get tired.
I ran absolutely alone for the first half of the race, but came up on a very exuberant dude in the 8th mile who kept exhorting me and another guy to c'mon! let's get moving! and then he'd surge ahead. I thought I'd never get near him, but somehow, ever so slowly, I did, and he'd pull away every time. Finally I just ground it out to get to him, thank him for the encouragement, and pass him. He (and the other guy) passed me back at the water stop just after 10 miles, because I still can't drink and run. I didn't think I'd get near them again, but ended up re-passing one and finishing right behind Mr Exuberant. I ended up with 1:28:33, which was about 2 minutes off my goal but a 3-minute PR, and good for 3rd overall female.
Of course, within 20 minutes I'd come up with 2 reasons to be disappointed with my race, but I'll save that for later.
Posted by joe positive at September 18, 2005 5:08 PM
Congratulations on the PR! It sounds like your PR would be even faster with the right weather. Warm weather makes a huge difference in a race that long.
I'm glad that guy helped you during the race. I'm much meaner than you are - especially during a race - so I probably would have found him to be incredibly annoying, even though he obviously meant well.
Is it time to taper yet?!
Posted by: Alison at September 18, 2005 8:49 PM
Great time. I hope you didn't find any reasons for disappointment after all. I also ran this today, but you would have been far ahead of me! I'm going to post my race update tomorrow.
Posted by: Susan at September 18, 2005 9:46 PM
Great race!!!Bravo, Bravo, Bravo on a job well done!!!congratulations.
Posted by: Dawn at September 19, 2005 8:48 PM