I PR'd at Silver Strand. Runner's lingo for setting a personal record. Which is great. 2 minutes faster than my last half marathon. And 5 minutes faster than when I did the same half marathon 2 years ago. So by mile I ran the race at a 10:10 pace and 2 years ago at a 10:35 pace. It seems like such a small difference; 25 seconds per mile faster. But man is that hard. I ran as hard as I could the whole race. I spent a lot of time looking down at my watch checking my pace. And at the end I felt a bit nauseated. All for 5 minutes. Have I mentioned that this running thing is hard? Not that I am complaining. I had a good time. And I actually ran close to 16 miles this race as my coach had me run for 20 minutes before the race and then 20 minutes after. Though I was so wasted by the end of the race that I only ran about 13 minutes after the race. Really I hobbled for 13 minutes after the race.
|The starting line n Coronado|
|Before each race they have the National Anthem|
One amazing thing about this race compared to other half marathons I have done is that 2 days later I ran 5 miles, the next day 4 miles and the next day 7 miles. All with no issues or pain or soreness. (well almost- my right big toe still hurts a bit). It is exciting to see improvement and to develop strength and endurance I never knew I had. That is probably what this is all about. I like pursuing a goal. Right now it is a physical goal. And I love having a coach take away the mystery of the process and just lay it out for me. It was the same with pursuing a medical degree. Just do this and do that and you will get there. (with just a bit of work, of course).
|I run with my hands open like that. It looks funny.|
Here are some interesting statistics from Runner's World in 2012. I like the first statistic the best. If I actually accomplish this thing, and that is still an unknown, it will be pretty cool to be in that 0.5% group.
|Percent of the U.S. population that has run a marathon||0.5 %|
|Record time for the fastest marathon ever run||2:03.59 hours|
|Total number of U.S. marathons held annually||570|
|Total number of people who finished a marathon in 2011||551,811|
|Average amount of people who finished an individual marathon in 2011||171|
|Total percent of people who finished in a top 10 marathon in U.S. and Canada||37%|
|Total percent of decrease in marathon runners in 2011||45%|
|Total number of marathons ran on May 1st, 2011||24|
|Total number of marathons ran on October 16th, 2011||23|
|Total fee the for the New York City marathon||$255|
|Average cost to run a marathon||$67|
|Number of marathons that cost over $100 to enter||41|
|Average number of sneakers a marathon runner goes through during training||2|
|Average number of calories a woman burns during a marathon||2,880|
|Number of miles in a marathon||26.2 miles|
|Average amount of time per mile for the fastest marathon ran||5:10 minutes|
|Average number of miles ran per week during marathon training||40 miles|
Tomorrow I will be doing a training run called Yasso's 800s. First I will do a 20 minute warm up and then I will do 8 rounds of 800 meters at a 9:04 pace (ouch, that is fast for me!) In between each 800 meters (2 laps around the track) I will jog or even walk 800 meters as, per my coach, I need to be fully rested between each fast round. Then at the end I'll run another 20 minutes of a warm down. I'm looking forward to doing it.
|The guy behind me with the pack on played his music out loud and it bugged me but I ran ahead of him.|
Then we are off to the desert for a few days for a little vacation. I'll be running out there too, of course. Hopefully I can find a safe place to run. I need to run 100 minutes on Sunday and 70 minutes on Tuesday. I get freaked out in the desert when I get too far away from camp. But I am sure I'll figure something out.
|Greeted by my favorite fan right before the Finish Line|
Thanksgiving is almost here and I am super excited. It is going to be a different celebration this year. More on that to come.
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