Race report and a realization
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Chicago R-n-R Half marathon was a lot of fun. I did NOT do well; in fact,it was my slowest half marathon ever. I just can't seem to "get" the half marathon. I mean, if I can split a 2:07 for the first half of a full, howcome my PR for the half was 2:27 and my time this Sunday was a (Horrible, no offense to those who got this time, and it was a PR), 2:45? Anyway, I didn't do well in the race but it was fun and enjoyable anyway. I hit a wall after mile 6 and it was super hard to finish. I know I walked more than I ran the second half. But my first 6 miles was in an hour (10 minute pace).
OK, now on to the realization. I think, that all this time after my surgery and recovery, that I have been expecting to wake up and be fast again. Seriously. I get ready to go for a run and think "will this run be at 9:30 pace, and will I be able to run all of the miles without stopping for a break or walking"? But it never happens.
Granted, I am probably still recovering, and I have gotten faster but it's hidden by this darn humidity! I suppose the true test of my speed won't come until I'm running in 50 degree temps this fall. And, I am still about 10 pounds heavier and have all but given up on losing them. I gain it easily and REALLY have to work to lose it, and frankly I"m tired of being on a "diet." I've been on one since I was about 17 - that's 25 years people. You would think in 25 years I would figure it out. Thing is, I'm not fat. I am a number person and don't like the number I see. Ever. It really doesn't matter what it is. If I weighed 135, I would want to weigh 125.
Oh well, so what's the solution? I really have no idea. I seem to be having trouble with my runs - I want to RUN the whole thing, not run/walk but it's like I just give up at a certain point when the heat gets on my nerves and start walking. If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to provide input, because I'm looking for solutions. I know my overall pace would be better if I didn't walk during my long runs.
I really want to do this marathon in October without walking. I just don't have faith in myself right now. I'm not trying to PR, just to be under 5 hours.