|Gorgeous Day on Ocean Beach!|
|Random super-tall photobomber at the start.|
It was a new (to me) distance, although I was slightly familiar with the race from having ran to the finish last year (I knew to expect that it would be huge).
Do you know what a new distance means? Immediate PR!
|Look, here we are, all the way out at the ocean.|
Thankfully, E2 was having none of this. She lied and told me she would need to take lots of walk breaks. In truth, we only walked for water, to take photos, and to take a porta-john stop around mile 6.
After we hit the 8 mile marker, it was clear to me that I'd hit the wall, so I told E2 to take off. It was very obvious that despite her 6+ years of not much running, she was much more fit than I was, *and* the last mile+ of this race is uphill. And E2 is a billy goat. When she's able to run, she has this annoying quality where she actually gets *faster* going uphill. So, she agreed to ditch me and left. I took solace in the fact that while I alternated with 50X8 count running, and 100 steps walking for 3 intervals before I felt that I could finally slowly jog/run to the end, I still passed people consistently (open corral for the win!).
On the other hand, much to my surprise, I'm totally pleased with the outcome. It's a nice strong positive split, but it includes several walk breaks, photo breaks, and a long porta-john stop. I may actually be (*gasp*) in slightly better shape than I realized (thanks for the heat, humidity and hills, Hawaii!). I couldn't find my Garmin this AM in the hotel room (thinking I'd left it at home), so all I have to rely upon is the official data:
|Interval||Chip Time||Chip Pace|
5 weeks 'til Kaiser half. I feel very confident that I will be able to finish. Just how fast is up for grabs at the moment, but I'll take any finish as a success. Last year, thanks to support from F, I barely pulled through with a 2:39 (11:51 AVG including all breaks). At this point, I think targeting beating that is reasonable and good. So that's what I'm taking as my B goal. A goal to be determined.