Over a month has passed since my second marathon on September 25, but I haven’t been certain on how to recap it. I also didn’t necessarily want to relive some of the race. In many ways it was a great race for me, but in others, it was quite painful and frustrating.
To begin with, I loved the Half Moon Bay International Marathon!
The volunteers, the organizers and the course were all wonderful! The Brooks shirts were adorable, and the medals were awesome!
While I would’ve loved to have known that there would be a decent amount of trail running (I get nervous on trails due to my ACL repaired knee), I am definitely planning on signing up again next year! This was an absolutely great race.
I started off the race running with Alisyn who I met for the first time about 2 minutes before the race started. We started off running together since we had the same time goal: sub 4 hours. We started off probably a little too fast with a couple of ~8 minute miles. Whoops! But, my legs were feeling good. We knew it was bad though for the rest of the race, so we slowed it down to about a steady 8:30 pace.
After the first few miles, the hills came up, and since I live in on a mountain and run hills regularly, we separated to run our races. Before I knew it, I made it to the half marathon point: I was running at an 8:34 min/mile pace. I was rockin’ it.
I got a little confused trying to figure out where to run…
And then, then it all went downhill. I took a Clif Shot with some water right at the half marathon mark, and about a minute later, it all came back up. I thought it was a fluke, so I kept running. About a half mile later, I lost my breakfast. I walked for a moment, and then started jogging again, listening very carefully to my body. I started doing okay, so I started running again, picking the pace back up. I took small swigs of water, and started tuning into my body: I knew I had very little fuel left my body, and I didn’t want to push too hard, as I wasn’t feeling the best. (Case in point: my face below)
I slowly but surely made it through the miles. And at mile 18 I took a little Gatorade, and it seemed to settle okay, so I kept running, though at this point my pace had slowed a lot.
Mile 22 I got the great idea to try a half a Clif Shot because my body was feeling drained. Mile 23, I lost said Clif Shot to the side of the road. So, I swished out my mouth, and adopted a walk/run strategy as my body was pretty weak at this point.
Around mile 25 I saw my friends Eva & Eric who had come up to support me. They gave me a little bit of energy and reminded me it was only 1.2 miles to the finish – I knew at this point I could finish and that even though I wasn’t going to get that sub-4 hour marathon, it was going to be close.
Before I knew it, I was at the finish.
Official finish time: 4:10:46 (9:34 pace). Though I didn’t meet my goal, I still will take this: A PERSONAL RECORD!
So, while it wasn’t my best race ever, and I felt miserable for most of it, I was still able to finish and still got a PR. Oh, and one of these sweet medals!
It was a great course, great group of runners and definitely a race I recommend to those living in NorCal (There’s a 10k and half marathon too!)
Oh, and because the field was so small, my 4:10:46 got me third in my age class! W00000000t! So, I got a $50 gift card to Fleet Feet & a nice plaque in the mail!
What fuel do you use to do long runs/cycles/endurance activities? I’m trying to figure out what to do now because I’m afraid to go back to Clif Shots. I don’t want to end up in a similar situation. I’ve got a half marathon on Sunday, and I’m going to try the Honey Stinger chews, but am open to other suggestions on what works for you!