On June 15th I ran the City Impact Ventura Beach Half Marathon.
It was a fairly small, out and back race along the Ventura beach path. They use a rolling start system instead of corrals and just asked that you start based on your expected finish time. I planned on starting at 7:30, but wanted to get there around 6:30 to check in and get my bib.
When I first signed up for the race, I thought that Donny was going to be able to go with me, but he ended up with two different band rehearsals that day so I was going to try and be brave and go to my first race alone....
Yeah, that lasted all of 5 minutes before I got on the phone with my dad and begged him to take me. I wasn't going to be able to see my dad much on Father's Day, so I pitched it as him getting to spend more time with me... but he's awesome and was totally excited to go regardless...
Besides those emergencies though - everything else for the pre-race went fairly smoothly. We found free parking a couple blocks from the start and there wasn't any wait for check-in. They had a ton of snacks for the runners, and since I'd exploded out everything else I'd eaten that morning, I took a banana and some Powerade.
I set a pretty slow pace and just kept telling myself, "you can keep this pace all day." The course was gorgeous which helped a lot. The ocean was to my left and tall misty mountains were on my right and I just kept plugging along at a slow but steady rate.
|mid race running photo - yeah, I'm cool like that|
But surprisingly - the crash never came. I definitely felt tired and felt a couple hip and foot niggles here and there - but nothing overwhelming.
All in all it was really FUN race. And because I'd set the goal of just running the whole time, I didn't worry about the clock. I knew it could very well be slower than my best times but I really wanted to accomplish the goal of no walking.
I ended up with a 2:23 which isn't my best, but also isn't my worst. Which actually does say a lot about the run-walk method - my fastest races are one's where I have taken planned walk breaks. But I also could have pushed myself a lot more. I was worried that I would be too tempted to walk if I got really tired so I conserved a lot.
I think for my next half, I'm going to try to skip walk breaks again - but push a little harder.
I enjoyed the finish line festivities and the fact that it was still cool and overcast. I was however, completely soaked in sweat... my dad was laughing because of how drenched I was. I think it must have had something to do with the moisture in the air from the ocean because I wasn't overly hot...
I changed into dry clothes and we went in search of a good breakfast place. We found a cute little cafe nearby and I consumed large amounts of coffee and omelet.