Well, first time road racing since last August (hobble creek- pulled my hammy). Registered for this last minute, just wanting to get in there and get my feet wet and maybe have some fun. It's no secret that I don't have quite the same running fitness. I defintely do not have much endurance. Took time off Jan-march to try and get control of the PF I have had for a year now. It's back and it did hurt during the race.
First mile I went out way to fast for my fitness level (6:15 pace) baaaad idea. It stole a lot of my energy and I believe caused a lag for me much sooner than it should have. The head wind was a major problem and factor in most everyone's outcome, I think anyway. I know it was sucking my energy up fpr sure. Even after we turned out of the canyon onto University Ave, we somehow were still getting head wind. It was just too much! By mile 9ish I was physically and menatlly done. The endurance I have from my training only seemed to support me up to about 9 miles, after that it was all me and my mental self pushing the gas peddle. Thank heavens for beautiful Toby, who showed up at mile 11. We ran about 1.5 miles together. It boosted me, as my pace defintely quickened. Was so glad. But once she left me I was back at dragging. I think I finished somewhat strong but this time is less than stellar. However- I dont hold it against myself at all. Traning was almost non exsistant almost all fall and winter, I haven't done one lick of speed work, no tempos, no hill work, nothing, nada. A 1:36 isn'y shabby for all my lack.
It was pretty cool to watch the marathon peeps start rolling in. Probably my favorite part. :-) I am really not sure if I will make it to the start of SGM this year. It seems my body needs more time off to repair as I still have underlying hormonal issues with my adrenal glands. You really need those glands functioning to have energy to run. So it seems I may just be taking quite a bit of time off to rest and rejuve the adrenal fatigue that I suspect is flaring up.
1 mile after with my daughter in the kids 1k. She was up at the front with all the 11-12 year olds. Because that girl can run!