Continued from Part 1…
So I finished the SC Half with a 1:57:27. I wasn’t thrilled, but had pretty much set myself up to believe that a PR wasn’t going to happen this time around. So, the second half marathon weekend rolls around. And, having pretty much given up on getting that PR, I allowed myself to stay out until around 12:30am on Sunday morning (race day) and had to get up at 2:45am to make the trek from Monterey to San Francisco in time for the race. Talk about how to not properly prepare the day/night before the race.
So the time for the race came, and I got to the start line with my friends from school. And as I toed the line, I had a slight change of heart. I decided:
I can’t get much worse than the last time I was here, so let’s run the shit out of this race. Seriously, can’t get any worse.
And so with that in mind, I took off. Literally took off.
Mile 1: 8:30
Mile 2: 8:23
Mile 3: 8:21
I was cruising and feeling good, and then the hills started…
Mile 4: 9:02
Mile 5: 9:17
And then I got back down to business on the bridge.
Mile 6: 8:37
Mile 7: 8:43
Mile 8: 9:09
And then, this is where things go crazy. My first set of seriously negative splits ever. Like ever, and its not like they were even just marginally faster — after having already run 8 miles, I was running…
Mile 9: 8:04
Mile 10: 8:07
Mile 11: 8:07
…yeah, that’s right. 8 MINUTE MILES. IN THE SECOND HALF THE RACE.
Mile 12: 8:34
Mile 13: 8:18
Las 0.1: 1:00
There were a couple hills, so I think I finished strong.
But the thing that got me where those 8 minute miles towards the end there — maybe I am faster than I think?!
If you added it up, you already know. But I cruised through hilly SF to a golden, beautiful PR of 1:51:17. Yeah, a PR. In SF. I owned those hills.
And man, did that feel good. Redemption success! I beat my SC Half time from the week before by 6+ minutes. Maybe this is a sign I shouldn’t taper? Hah.
Overall, I am very happy I did both races, and might do the same again next year. Both the SC Half and the US Other Half are smaller, more community-type races. They’re also more reasonably priced than some of the big-to-do half marathons, like Rock-N-Roll, so its more budget friendly for me as a graduate student. And while they lack in entertainment, they make up for it with gorgeous views
Anyway, if you can’t tell as a result of this post, I am still proud of this. And its carrying over into my next training as tomorrow starts my next big challenge. Beginning with an 8 am date with the pool…