Sunday, November 15, 2009

Good Day Sunshine

Silver Strand Half Marathon complete!

I've been patiently waiting for the official results. I checked the posted results sheet before I left the finish area and it showed were 2:13:29 chip time. That's only 18 seconds off from my half marathon PR of 2:13:11. My BiM stats gave me a finish time of 2:13:34, but I turned off the GPS after I passed by the finish line. Here's my splits.

MilePace (min/mile)Speed (mph)Elevation
actual+/- avgactual+/- avg
19' 50-0' 186.1+0.2+9 ft
29' 29-0' 396.3+0.4-9 ft
39' 22-0' 466.4+0.50 ft
49' 49-0' 196.1+0.20 ft
510' 06-0' 025.9+0.0+6 ft
69' 57-0' 116.0+0.1-7 ft
710' 17+0' 095.8-0.10 ft
810' 05-0' 036.0+0.00 ft
910' 33+0' 255.7-0.2+7 ft
1010' 40+0' 325.6-0.3-3 ft
1110' 45+0' 375.6-0.3+13 ft
1210' 46+0' 385.6-0.4-17 ft
1310' 12+0' 045.9-0.0-7 ft
end8' 42-1' 266.9+1.0+6 ft
Versus average of 10' 08 min/mile: Slower Faster

I haven't had splits like that in ages. I even had something left for the end!

This is one of those races that went off without a hitch. It began at Sunset Park in Coronado, and ended at the Imperial Beach Pier. There's no mile by mile synopsis because I felt pretty good the entire run, I didn't need to push hard, and it was straight forward. I also saw a ton of San Diego Track Club Members, plus a few folks from Rehab United. It was like one huge party since live music, beer and snacks were provided at the end.

Not a lot of twists and turns, except once we arrived in Imperial Beach, we had to run for a couple of miles through a small residential section, then do a backtrack run on a rather barren section of the military base just to fit in the last 4 miles.

HOWEVER, Somewhere between miles 5 and 7, there was a rather large bush people kept going behind, since the port-o-potties were a ways up. I immediately thought about AKA Alice's bush story, and it just so happened that at that same time the song she suggested for my SDRNR Marathon 2009 mix came on a- Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) by Kate Bush. How coincidental! I had a good laugh.

At the end of the race, the guy right in front of me in the finishing corral gave me a hug. That was kind of funny... I got a hug from some (cute, young) random guy.

We did get a few photos from the day:

Michael, me, and Michelle from the track club waiting to start at Sunset Park, Coronado.

Me, Michelle and her husband Bruce

See? Very straight forward. The San Diego bay is on the left and Silver Strand State Beach is on the right. It was a GORGEOUS morining to be running.

Finished at Imperial Beach.

Worth the effort.

Thursday's song:
Baby, What A Big Surprise - Chicago - Rookie On The Run



Southbay Girl said... that course FLAT???? and what a nice medal....

Nice job little ms. Speedy!!

Aka Alice said...

LMOA...that I could be so helpful (I find that a good laugh at mile 7 is an excellent thing!) There may be a few bushes on 75, but none have my name on it! hahahahahah

That is one pancake-flat course. Maybe next year.

What a speedster you are becoming!

Aka Alice said...

I meant LMAO...

Meg Runs said...

Nice run! I didn't know the finish line there had music and beer! I don't remember that but I can't forget that race, ever! No, it wasn't because of THE bush either. By the way, I love the random hug at the end of the race. I tend to do that to random people at the end of races...I wonder if I really freak people out!?
Great pace, nice way to start your week!

Pat said...

sweet times. You have done wonders with your running. I've driven that road, but would love to run it someday.

Hey, isn't that a Beatles tune?

Anne said...

Yes, that's a Beatles tune....

Nice job and so glad the race went so well for you. Love those splits. All that RU training is starting to pay off, isn't it?!

Glenn Jones said...
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Glenn Jones said...

Where else can you finish a race and get a picture with the pounding surf in the background? I just think that topped off an otherwise perfectday for running. Gosh it's great to live in Southern California....

And that's a great time for not training spcifically for a HM! You should be able to kill your old PR! I'm still a newbie at this running stuff, but something that strikes me is that more (as in training) isn't always better. Great job on a good run!

Lisa said...

You did a great job. I'm really happy for you. Plus I *heart* your running outfit. Too cute :-)

Sdrunner said...

I ran this yesterday too, it was my first half! It was definitely tough.. I was running with a pacer until about mile 7 and sort of ran out of energy after that. Still ran well overall, but definitely could have been better. There's always the next one :)

Great job on your race though, sounds like you had a blast. It was a nice course though, great views!

Miss Rachel said...

Congratulations Irene! I'm glad you had a great race.

And yes, your running skirt is too cute!

Deene said...

what a wonderful finish! including the hugger dude. they need some flat courses like that out here.

Dori said...

Congratulations on your race! Speedy splits. :-)