13.1 miles done-it wasn't my fastest nor was it my slowest! As a matter of fact this was the fastest half marathon I've run in 4 half's.....well maybe it wasn't so bad after all!
It was hard getting up at 4:45am on a Sunday, especially after my 15 hour work day on Friday and my lazy Saturday! But I got up. I had set all my running stuff out the night before so that I wouldn't be flailing around at 5am in the morning!
I left the house around 5:45am-arriving in the Venice/Santa Monica area around 6:15am-tons of time to put my shoes on, gather all my "stuff" and walk to the start!
This was the inaugural Los Angeles 13.1 so I knew it wouldn't be super busy! Well, the porta potty lines were fairly short but there were more runners than I had expected! And alot of first time half marathoners! Which I LOVED! It's awesome to see so many people getting into running!
The race was supposed to start at 7:13am...that came and went and we waited for the LAPD to come back to the start to escort the lead pack runners out!
I think we ended up starting around 7:20-and much to my "joy" HA, as soon as we started running the sun started creeping up into the sky warming the already 60 degree temps of the "balmy Southern California winter". I was not happy! I started warming up right away! I had my makeshift arm warmers on with my pink tank as I waited at the start. I looked around and saw so many runners with long sleeved shirts, tights and gloves and hat-whoa..it's not that cold people! Aren't you going to burn up once you start running???? Well I will and did! As soon as I started running south on the Venice Boardwalk, past the numerous pot stores, I started getting toasty warm. The makeshift arm warmers were pushed down to my wrists, and eventually tied around my braid. It was not going to be a day of "perfect temps" for Penny!
And yeah, I spent most of the run hiding from the sun. Do you know how hard that is when you are running on Venice Blvd and there are NO trees!! hard! I ended up shifting my hat, ghetto style, to the side where the sun was beating down on my face! Why was it sunny and hot? Why?? I hate sunny and hot!
I know you all must think I sound like a broken record about the sun and heat and that it really cant be that bad-well, it is. I overheat very easily! And have since I was a kid! I remember playing a tennis match in junior high school and getting incredibly ill from the heat. Seems my body has issues dealing with the heat! And to add insult to injury, today, around mile 9, my asthma started really screwing with me-gotta love running and having a hard time getting a full breath! It's a scary feeling! Did I have a puffer with me-NO! Stupid Penny! So I walked until the shortness of breath went away!
Now, I went into the race with absolutely zero expectations! This was a spur of the moment decision! I was supposed to run a trail race in Northern California, but for a few reasons, I couldn't make the drive up. So, I was left without a race or long run for this weekend! So when I got offered entry to this race, I decided it was going to be a training run for the Carlsbad Half which is in 2 weeks! But, that's hard to do when you get out there and are running! Especially when I saw that my sub 2:30 was within reach! But as soon as I hit mile 9 and realized I had to walk, I knew the sub 2:30 was gone! Oh well! I'd try to finish as strong as possible!!
Considering everything (the not-so-perfect running weather and the shortness of breath) it wasn't a horrible time! It was faster than the last 3 half marathon's I've run! That's something!
I ended up finishing in 2:39:51. So close yet so far from the sub 2:30! But it's within reach, I know it! It might not happen while I'm working 65-70 hour work weeks though...and that's what my GLEE schedule is looking like! I guess, until I can work less hours, my running might take a back seat-which sucks! But momma's gotta pay the bills!!
The highlight of my dad-my ice bath and an iced cold Coors Light! It was fantastic! I don't normally take an ice bath after a half-but since I have a full week of work, I thought no harm no foul! And WOW! I forgot how fantastic they are! frightful to drop into, but once youa re in and numb-fantastic! Of course, pounding a beer helped immensely!
Once again, Thank you so very much, Lindsay, for the entry into this race! I really needed this long run!! I know I grumble about the heat-but I had a great time, in a sun and heat kind of way! I will send you the heat and sun for the cold weather!!! Thanks so much!!!
RUN: 13.1 miles 2:39:51