Race Date: March 2, 2013
I have Plantar Fasciitis so I wasn't sure what to expect for the race. My goal was to PR (personal record), but I didn't know if my foot would hold up. I learned how to tape my foot from a couple of videos on YouTube so I taped it the evening before.
Miles 1, 2 Pace: 6:16, 6:31
I have always taken a gel before a race, but have heard lots of debate if that was the right thing to do. I decided to not take a gel this time pre-race. The gun went off and we all took off. The fast dudes disappeared quickly, I was in the second pack and there were two familiar faces in this pack, Ted and Shawn. I looked at my watch and knew I couldn't hold this pace for 13.1 miles. The pack started to break up, Ted stayed in the front pack and three of us dropped back to form a separate pack. Within my pack Shawn was in front and I was drafting in the tail.
Miles 3 Pace: 6:40
|Photo by J. McCabe|
Miles 4, 5, 6 Pace: 6:44, 6:46, 6:45
I was cruising along and noticed a couple of runners catch our train and ran behind me. There must have been two or three guys. My body and mind felt good. I took my next gel a little before mile six so I can wash it down with water at the aid station. Due to the unpredictable winds, I didn't know if we would also get a head wind on the way back. I was relieved we didn't have the headwind at the turn-a-round!
Miles 7 Pace: 6:39
This is where things change a bit. Since there wasn't a headwind I didn't need to draft anymore. I felt really good and started to pick up my pace. I ran past the guys I was drafting off of before and a caught a couple of guys in front of them and then it happened!! My left foot PF flared up which caused me to slow down. Once I slowed the soreness subsided. I was taking more short choppy steps with a quicker cadence.
Miles 8, 9, 10 Pace: 6:45, 6:41, 6:45
Miles 11, 12 Pace 6:46, 6:46
Still running by myself and getting tired fast. Still trying to maintain good running position and hoping my foot won't flare up again.
Miles 13, Pace 6:34
I see a guy in front of me and want to catch him before the finish line. I ran with him earlier around mile 8. If only I can just pass him!! I pick up my pace, open my lungs and exerted myself! I pass him finally and then I cross the finish line.
I was super excited to PR!! Once I stopped, my foot got sore again. Shortly after finishing, I put my legs in the ice cold river which helped my feet and legs feel better. Ahhh
Finish Time 1:26:53
Avg Pace: 6:38
Avg Heart Rate: 174
Max Heart Rate: 184