Monday, October 09, 2006
One Way Or Another
11059 Irene - San Diego CA - 47 F - 2:19:16 - 2:24:17
The San Jose Inagural Half Marathon went well. Great weather and it started at 8 am and not some awful pre-dawn time... I kept my same pace and found myself passing peole I was pacing with towards the end. There were almost no hills, as the route was relatively flat, but there were a few road underpasses that seemed hill-like, but those weren't that bad. No pains. I was thrilled to arrive at the finish line to see the clock time UNDER my predicted finish time of 2:30, at 2:24:17, and even happier when I found out the chip time (actual time) at 2:19:16. I actually witnessed the elite runners when I was between mile 5 and 6. As we were just into the run going up, they were on the last part of their run, around miles 11 and 12. These people ran as if they were floating. When the leader (from Kenya) ran by us (in the opposite lane to the finish) runners on my side of the road were all cheering for him. Just incredible. He finished in slighly over an hour. DH finished in 2:50 -- which was exactly his predicted finish time, my brother finished in 1:45 -- also his predicted finish time, and our friend who ran the SDRNR marathon with us finished just behind me in 2:20 (I didn't know he was that close behind me!) This run was a PR for me. I beat my marathon half point split time and any of my training times. My 10K split was 1:05.
The rest of the day was followed by a celebration beer and a visit to a local winery for some wine tasting. Needless to say, I slept well.
Back at home. Back to reality. The hard core weight workouts begin next week.
I'll post pictures from the half marathon when I get the camera back from DH.