Long Beach Half Marathon Race Recap
|October 8, 2012||Posted by Carrie under half marathon, Running|
Yesterday I ran the Long Beach Half with my running buddy. My plan for the race was to use it as a long training run in preparation for the LA Rock and Roll Half Marathon at the end of the month and to have a good time with my friend. Our last race together was the Surf City Half back in February. That was her first and wasn’t the best experience.
Yesterday started out great. We managed to avoid the gnarly traffic on the freeway and scored fantastic parking, hit up the bathrooms and made it to the start in time to watch a few waves go before jumping in to the final wave.
Our plan was 3:1 run walk intervals and to try and keep our pace similar to our long run pace. No going out fast like last time.
The first miles were fantastic! I thought we were doing great. The scenery was great, we even stopped to take a few pictures as fast as possible or hopefully timed on our 1 minute walk breaks.
I think things started to get challenging around mile 8. That’s about when my friend started to struggle with tired feet, legs getting tired, etc. I did my best job of cheerleading alternating with keeping quiet to not drive her batty or make her want to punch me.
The run down the bike path on the beach was beautiful. This was actually the same stretch of bike path that the Pajama 10K course followed back in June.
Mile 9 may have been the hardest mile for my friend. Stomach queasy, all that horrible stuff. At some point around that time, she tried to talk me in to going ahead. But, she didn’t look so hot, so I didn’t want to leave.
Just before mile 10, the course turned back around and with the sun off our faces, things started to improve. Our walk intervals were getting a little longer each time, but at least my friend was perking up. I could tell that she wasn’t feeling queasy anymore, just tired. Just before mile 11, she told me that since we’d been walking a little more, she didn’t think she’d be able to run again and wanted to finish walking. She told me to go on ahead and I finally agreed.
I hit the last 2 miles alone and have to say it was kind of fun to run and pass a ton of people. By then, we were really back with all the walkers, so it wasn’t too much effort to pass a ton of people. When I was looking online at the race results, they had this neat graphic about the last 5K and the number of people you passed – apparently, I passed 444 people in the final 5K and was passed by 3. That’s kind of a fun nerdy thing to know. Because I had my Garmin set for the 3:1 intervals, I’m not exactly sure what my pace was – but it was around 10:30.
our walk intervals clearly got longer towards the end
look at that last minute – 9:49!
My friend finished about 15 minutes behind me. She did have a smile on her face, but it may have just been relief at finishing.
The only problem with my lovely sprint to the finish was that my ITB thought I was crazy and it started screaming at me after the first mile. I very impressively ignored it and continued on. Probably not smart. It was really really painful when I finished. With some rest, compression and foam rolling in the afternoon, it was feeling better. I’ve been doing a good amount of resistance training to prevent the problem, but I have been slacking on foam rolling. It doesn’t really hurt walking today, so I’ll give it a few days before I get back to working on my goals for the LA RnR race.
I did get a new magnet for my car