Place: 393/ 9641 Overall, 58/ 569 AG
Distance (via Garmin): 1.5 miles – more on the stupid Garmin later
Kinfolk said Jed move away from there / Said Californy is the place you ought to be / So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. / Hills, that is / Swimmin pools, movie stars.
I've been to Los Angeles before. The last time I was here I
After a solid 22 hours in my own house (22 hours in the last 3 weeks *sigh*), on Friday I got on yet another plane and headed to LA. I've found that there are two types of people who spend a lot of time in hotels: Hookers and Consultants. Depending on your interaction, you may feel like you're getting screwed over by both of us. But, process alignment aside, we both seem to always stay in the Presidential suites in hotels:
Don't hate the player, hate the game
Saturday my wife and I mostly relaxed with some people watching and lunch eating at a local farmers market. I "carbo loaded" with a chicken sandwich and french fries and molested the local produce.
**Insert inappropriate innuendo or bowel movement joke here**
(Sometimes they are just TOO easy)
My wife and I then headed to the expo. Since this was my first ever half marathon, I wasn't sure what to expect at the expo. As is usually the case, the Rock and Roll group didn't let me down. The expo was probably on the larger side Maybe just a touch bigger than the Denver marathon the week before. The best part? The Miller girls had beer!
Drinking out of tiny cups require just a tiny pit of extended pinky
I had been tweeting back and forth with the southern California Brooks "Guru" in the days before the race and we had planned to meet up in the Brooks booth to prove that neither of us were creepers. I can only assume that she was sorely disappointed with learning that I indeed WAS a creeper - but I LOVE my Brooks shoes which hopefully made up for it. Follow me on twitter here and follow her on twitter there. I chatted her up for a while and my
Yep, she is tall and I am short. Fail.
And she knows more about running shoes than me. DOUBLE FAIL!
Finally, I was able to take my picture with my "Super 6" Heavy Medal. Since this was my 6th Rock and Roll race this year I get all sorts of extra medals. More details on this in a later post.
Race morning was just like any other race morning. I rode the shuttles, got to the starting line way too early. I'm not sure WHY I think that I need to get to the starting line 90 minutes early, but I do almost every time. Annoying. Since this was a half marathon instead of a full marathon, I decided to run with my Nathan handheld 20oz water bottle. Unfortunately, I drank through about half of it before the race even started!! This meant I had to pee, bad. BUT, Jen the Brooks Guru set me up with sweet VIP bathroom passes so I pee-danced my way over to those just before the start.
Yep, a stranger took this picture
VIP on the inside:
Shortly there after, just as the sun was coming up through the clouds the race started and we were off. I wanted to run approximately 8 minute miles that would put me towards a 1:45 finish. The first mile and a half were right on target if not a little slower than anticipated. I believe that I was closer to 8:30ish pace.
However, around mile 1.5 my Garmin started freaking out. It was beeping every 2 seconds or so (literally). It took me a bit to figure out what the deal was, but it turned out its memory was completely full. When I sync it with my computer, it downloads the data off of the watch but doesn't delete it off of the watch. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to delete the data (while running), but eventually I did figure it out and the watch finally shut up. Success!! Unfortunately, during me pushing every button on the watch I must have somehow shut off the GPS - because it didn't work for the remainder of the race. Bummer.
That meant that I had to run the race by feel only checking my mile splits at the mile with the lap button on my watch. The first few miles were on track around 8:15, but the rather hilly, surprisingly humid course turned downhill around a third of the way through so I ran way too many miles at sub 7:30 pace. Good during a race, bad during a training run.
Running by feel is interesting like that. I feel like I don't have enough experience running a hilly course by feel alone - so I'll probably work to shut out my garmin more often and head to the hills.
Very cool to see this along the course
As I finished, I got my medal and was overcome by a bit of sadness. Since my wife is around 13 months pregnant (don't tell her doctor she flew 2 weeks past the "ok" period) she didn't make it down to the finish line. Additionally, not that I am SUPER fast, but there were not a ton of people around meeting up with their families. I later realized that when I finish marathons in 3 1/2 hours, the 10,000 or so half marathoners are mostly finished. So, I get to stagger and stumble around all of them trying to find my cheering crew.
When I was able to make a bee-line to the free MGD 64, it hit me like a ton of bricks that I LOVE the crowds of people after finishing a marathon. I love the joy that they all beam after completing what is likely something that they will tell their friends and family for years to come.
So, that is probably my key takeaway from running the half marathon. As mostly a marathoner, it took me running a half marathon to realize that I really appreciate the half-marathoners and the huge crowds they bring.
But, no worries about me. Just like the Yankee's post season hopes, any dip in my mood is always short lived. I downed 64 calories of beer faster than any man should and made another bee-line to the hotel room - were my wife was waiting!
Tastes like loneliness
Overall, I really liked the half-marathon distance. I'll look to do one again as my marathon training slows down, I need a break from the 40+ mile weeks, and I need another test of my marathon fitness.