2:15:28 — yet another half marathon personal record
It wasn’t easy, especially during the last four miles when it got warm and the trail was bereft of cheering spectators.
It was a great relief to feel chilly at the starting line! It was 52 degrees and I actually wore a light jacket until just a few minutes before the start. Approximately 900 runners began the 2nd annual Rogue Run from Talent to Central Point in southern Oregon.
I went out feeling great and ran the first several miles just ahead of my planned 10:15 pace. I hit the halfway point (6.55 miles) at about 1:06:30, which would have meant a 2:13 finish. But I started to get tired as the weather began to heat up to the 70s in the later miles. I could have kept pushing, but I managed to remember that this was a TRAINING RUN for Victoria BC two weeks from now. So I walked a bit in mile 11, and a bit more in mile 12, and even a few yards at the beginning of mile 13. Then I picked up, found another gear, and finished strong.
My time of 2:15:28 was a personal record by 42 seconds. I finished 5th out of 29 in my age/gender group, and comfortably in the top half overall. Not bad for a training run!
I’m a bit sore now, but I think that’s mostly because of the sub-optimal motel bed and the hours of traveling today. Overall, I had a great mini-vacation — and I’ve now run competitively in 4 states. Only 46 to go!
My friend did an awesome job of positioning himself in front of me and taking photos. I’ll share some photos after I get them downloaded.
Meanwhile, what I’ve learned from this is that I need to go out slower in Victoria. It should be 10-15 degrees cooler, and it may be raining, but even so I think I’d benefit from not acting quite so invincible at the starting line. If I go out at a 10:20 pace, that will leave me plenty of room to pick up the pace in the last five miles. I do think I can beat 2:15, but I want to do it in a way that still allows me to enjoy some fabulous autumn hikes and stay healthy for the icy winter walking ahead.
One step at a time!