Drove down to Long Beach Saturday night and staying about 4 minutes away from the start.
When I arrived in Long Beach, the temps were hotter than when I left Vegas. Yikes! It was also suppose to be a scorcher the next AM.
My Disneyland Half Marathon buddy, Vera and I discussed what type of Galloway intervals to use. I had originally planned to run a 3/1 at a 10:00 pace to give me a 4:30. Given the anticipated weather, we both decided it would be best for me to slow it WAY down to ensure I was safe. PR was out of the question, and I was okay with that. I just needed to finish - didn't matter the time.
The next morning - it was very misty but oh so M-U-G-G-Y! This desert dweller isn't use to running in 99% humidity, but the good thing - no blaring sun! I was going to embrace that.
After meeting Charlie Alewine for the first time. I was able to chat with my buddy Andrea Kooiman and meet up with Ed Ettinghausen, who is an icon in the racing industry. He wears a Jester outfit at his races and motivates and inspires all runners. I didn't ask him to run with me...he just did. And boy, am I glad he did.
The course was a looped course around a Long Beach Marina. By the time I reached 3-4 miles I was soaking wet from sweat. I did a Run/Walk interval of 3/1 but at a 10:30-10:45 pace. Met Patricia Greenberg for the first time (she is a FB friend) and she ran with us for most of her 13 miles. Good job, Patricia!
At almost every loop I took 2 Hammer Electrolyte capsules. At the rate I was sweating, I needed it. 30 mins before the race, I consumed a ClifBar Gel and took another one at 13 miles. Clifbar energy bar at Mile 10 and 15. It worked out great.
Ed and I had a great chat during the race. We chatted about so many things. Racing and non-racing, but no matter the topic, I learned something from him. I told him about some of the struggles I had been facing since March and luckily he listened, as I was coming up on Mile 18 (typically my problem mile) - he started chatting away to keep me distracted. When I realized we had gone 20+, it was very emotional or me.
At Mile 23 (our last loop) my butt was starting to feel very uncomfortable - but I was relishing that I had made 23 miles without any significant pain, troubles, etc. I only had 1 potty break! On the way break, I had another pit stop, but it was very quick. Talk about a difference vs the multiple pit stops I am famous for.
I knew I was not going to make 4:30, but I would of loved to get 4:45, as it would of been a PR. I knew I would have to gun it to make it happen, but it was not happening. As long as I hit a sub5, I was going to be REALLY happy, as that would be at least an hour faster than my ET time, of 6 weeks ago.
The last 1/10 of the course I know Ed pulled back to allow me to run it in to get a 3rd Place. Charlie awards trophies to the top 3 regardless of gender. He could easily taken that 3rd place, but in true Ed fashion, he someone else ahead of him. That's our Ed!
I finished in 4:54:26. The additional time on my pace was from extended aid station stops, no doubt. But, who cares. I was able to beat that ET beast into the ground.
An hour and 6 mins faster than ET. I can't complain!
More importantly, than the trophy & the time - I ran the entire race without my historical HEAVY LEGS that plagued me from Mile 1 to the Finish in any distance. This has been a horrible race situation for me since March. Since Disneyland, I have been able to figure out why - and that's my next blog article!
|3rd place trophy and Finisher Medal|
|Me, Charlie Alewine and 2nd Place Finisher, Angela Kooiman (she is my buddy!)|
|Me and Ed. This will always be a special picture for me and so proud to call him my friend! Thank YOU Ed, for getting me through this race.|
P.S. I do not run barefoot! My feet swell a lot during Full's, so I get my shoes off as fast as I can.
So glad I made the sacrifice to run this race, as I needed it for my body & mind for St George. I am cautiously optimistic about St George, but I feel better about it, than before.
*NEXT BLOG: My discovery about the heavy leg feeling
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
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