Average Pace: 8:33
Average Heart Rate: 190
Now that the specifics are out of the way, let me
throw 40 pictures at you instead of thinking of stuff to type take you back to Friday night. I had my first blogger meet up! Lisa, Jeff, and RunningLaur (along with RunningLaur's fiance and my wife) all got together at PF Changs. While I didn't chug any NyQuil or shotgun any beers (so, can the night really be considered a success?), it was a really fun time to put a 'real' face with a blog. Here we all are looking QUITE dapper if I do say so myself.
With that it was off to bed and to the expo on Saturday. The expo was similar to other very large expos in the past. I did finally buy a pair of recovery socks. I'm actually wearing them now - along with pajama pants with Homer Simpson all over them. Don't hate me because you are jealous of my fashion skills. A few things to note about the expo:
Miller 64 was one of the key sponsors. To answer your question, I did NOT have any free samples. I really tried to avoid the free samples this time. But, that didn't mean that I didn't take the time to
cat call take pictures of the Miller Girls.
Ryan Hall, the current American record-holder in the half marathon, was one of the elites who ran the RnR AZ half marathon. He spoke for a few minutes and signed some autographs.
I got Ryan to sign my bib and provide some key words of encouragement. They were, in order of importance, "don't stop running" and "run fast". Kidding kidding. Ryan was super cool and very gracious after sitting and signing his name for nearly an hour. I took my picture with him and when I showed it to my mother in law she said that we could be brothers! I'd like to think that I'd be the brother giving Ryan wedgies and making fun of him for being tall. You be the judge:
Here are all of the free goodies that I picked up. I know what you are thinking..... "Jesus, - did you save any Lara bars for anyone else?" First, shut it jerk. Second, the Lara bar gal must have been tired of being there because she told me to take one of each kind (and my wife grabbed a bunch too). Third, I had to wait really far in line. Bite me.
On race day, we got up earlier than no man or woman should have to get up. My wife put on her yellow shirt and grabbed her previously made "Adam Heads" to help with her cheering. Who wouldn't want to wake up next to all of this awesome?? You are welcome for the nightmares.
Since this post is starting to get really long, I'll summarize the highlights of what actually happened during what this post is SUPPOSED to be about (free stuff?).
Here I am around mile 13 putting the swim move on a guy whose quads are HUGE!
- Mile 0: I was in coral 1 because I had picked a finish time of 3:20. Stupid stress fracture... I lined up near the back and got passed by a million people.
- Miles 1-8: Saw my wife and her fam cheering at mile 3, and saw practically NO ONE ELSE. It was pretty annoying / disappointing that there weren't many people cheering. I assume that most were watching the half marathon people.
- Miles 8-10: I realized that this race wasn't going to be my best effort. If it was a 20 mile training run, I would have said that it was just "ok". I just felt...off.
- Miles 10-20: I was holding a 3:40 pace (~8:17 miles) through mile 20. Honestly, I knew that I wasn't going to be able to hold it for the entire race, but I thought that I would try.
- Mile 20: Wall.
- Miles 20.5: My iPod stopped working.
- Mile 21: Walked for the first time to refill my water bottles.
- Mile 22-25: Slowed down to about 8:50 pace while running, but let myself walk for 20-30 seconds a mile.
- Mile 26: Realized that I would hit A, B, and C goals
- Mile 26.2: Finished and chugged a Miller 64
Tasted like 64 calories of victory.