After we arrived in Sacramento, we went to the Fleet Feet Sports store downtown to pick up our race packets.
|I don't know anyone in this picture|
The weather forecast for Sunday was perfection. 50's in the morning...high of mid-70's. With a starting time of 7:30 a.m., I figured it would be good running weather. We arrived at the starting line about 6:25 a.m.
|Husband and Son|
|Me with husband|
|Me with son|
My big, "probably won't get but could do if everything goes perfectly", "A" goal was to run 2:15 overall. I wanted to stagger my paces a little bit by starting out slower, and getting progressively faster. But, with my Garmin in satellite lala land, I didn't know what to do, so I just lined up behind the 2:15 pacer, and tried to keep him in my sights once we got started.
I continued running. Overall, I felt really good, except that I now had a mental obstacle of trying to make up that time. I was desperately trying to just enjoy the race, soak it in, and remember that this was basically just a "training" run. And, oh yeah, at about mile 2.6, my Garmin decided that it found a satellite it could get along with. Now I knew down to the second just how far off that "A" goal I was. And, of course, every porta potty I passed from mile 4 on was completely open with no lines. I just told myself to relax and I could still reach my main, "I would be happy with", goal, which was to finish in less than 2:30.
The course, itself, was pretty nice. Parts of it were on a bike trail which ran by the river. Parts went through beautiful residential areas and parks. In some areas, the trail was pretty narrow and crowded. This made it difficult to get by people. I ran on the dirt just off the trail pretty frequently just to pass other runners. The closest I came to a mental "low" was on an out and back part of the course (I was about at mile 9) when I saw the 2:15 pacer pass by in the other direction. I knew there was no possible way I was going to catch up.
But, honestly, I felt physically strong the entire race. The race results show my average pace the first half as 11:28 (over a minute over my goal pace, thanks to the pit stop). My paces for the last 6 miles were:
10:50 (I think this was at that "low" spot)
Overall official chip time: 2:23:50
My goal pace was 10:20, so I am really proud of those last miles. I proved to myself that I can finish strong at this distance (I think I could become addicted to 1/2 marathons), and I'm hopefully one step closer to that sub-5 hour marathon.
|Yep, that's a cowbell medal...how cool is that?|
My son ran the 5k in 28:18 (yeah, he beat my 5k time with no training...stinker!)
This was such a fun day, and I learned a lot (like DON'T use porta potties with lines during the race and I better turn my Garmin on at least an hour before). Sharing it with my family made it all the more special.