ilanarama: my footies in my finnies (snorkeling)
[personal profile] ilanarama
Or get blown. And not in a good way.

My original plan was that after a week of total rest and a couple of weeks of ramping my mileage up again after the Houston Marathon, I would have five or six weeks at 60mpw and some good tempo runs under my belt as preparation for the Canyonlands Half. But between a persistent calf strain and a very bad cold that still hasn't cleared my system, this did not come even close to happening. I averaged 30mpw and the only speedwork I did was one 5K race.

And then there was the weather. In a way I was happy that the forecast was for a reprise of last year's horrific headwind, as it meant that my lack of preparation wasn't going to be the only factor costing me a PR. As it happened, the weather was even worse. The wind was probably about the same (NOAA says 22 gusting to 32) but it was warmer, 64F by the thermometer but feeling even hotter due to the bright sunshine. I was feeling nauseous before we started, and pretty much ran the whole race feeling like I was going to throw up, pass out, or both. (I ended up going straight to the med tent at the finish, where they gave me an anti-nausea pill.)

It was an incredibly horrible race. I felt awful from about mile 2 on. I know it wasn't just the conditions, because my placement within my AG (9/160)was much worse than it was the previous year. I was the person everyone was passing at the end. The splits tell the dreadful story:

7:20 (downhill, so I wasn't worried that it was too fast)
7:38 (still thinking I might pull off a 1:40)
7:47 (wind really starting to blast here)
7:40 (oddly some of this mile had a tailwind)
8:18 (hill on which I thought I'd pass out)
8:39 (ugh ugh headwind blasting on the highway)
9:02 (ugh ugh ugh I GIVE UP!!!)
[8:49 pace]

Total time 1:46:04 1:45:50 (I guess the official results were different!), my worst half marathon since I started seriously racing (I went from a 2:03 to a 1:44 when I started running more than twice a week) and a slower average pace than my marathon in January, and a thoroughly miserable experience.

Next half marathon is in June. I hope I can get my mojo (and fitness) back by then.

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Date: 2012-03-18 11:18 pm (UTC)
meri_oddities: default - Woman looking out a window (Default)
From: [personal profile] meri_oddities
Bummer on the race. I sorry it didn't go well for you. I know there is nothing worse than feeling sick during a race. It was hot here yesterday, too. I ran the USA RnR half.

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Date: 2012-03-19 01:28 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Lots of time for mojo rebuilding - you can't fight conditions like that. Hell, 10mph winds are a suck so that + hot sun = awful. Just treat it for what it was, a blip on your dance card. Hope you're feeling better today. (this is Anonymously Flo)

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Date: 2012-03-19 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Don't sweat the bad day out Ilana. The injury, the cold, the weather all conspired against you. You'll be back

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Date: 2012-03-19 06:02 am (UTC)
ell: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ell
That sucks about the race :-( This reminds me to post about last Sunday's half where all the wheels came off for me as well. I've been putting it off but this gives me the impetus to write about my sucky race too!

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Date: 2012-03-19 01:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]

I am sorry this went poorly for you. I remember your RR from last year and all the wind! Do take care of that calf strain. Never been to the medical tent. Seems like that would take a lot for you to do, I. hugs!

If you are interested, I read another RR from the same race this morning:

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Date: 2012-03-19 08:05 pm (UTC)
blnchflr: Running (running)
From: [personal profile] blnchflr
I cannot fathom running an average 5 min/K for 21,1 Ks, so to me you are still devilishly fast, but I'm sorry the race did not go well, and that you felt sick the whole way D:

Hope the cold will go all the way away STAT, and you get your training back on track.

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Date: 2012-03-19 09:15 pm (UTC)
ainsley: (the birds began to sing)
From: [personal profile] ainsley
Eep. I'm sending some speedy-finding-of-mojo wishes your way.

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Date: 2012-03-20 06:48 pm (UTC)
traveller42: (Default)
From: [personal profile] traveller42
I got a personal worst for a half, but I was expecting that going in with the weather and the elevation.

Of course, since it was also my first time actually in Canyonlands, I kept stopping to take pictures. :-)

Sorry to hear you had such a bad day. I'm also sorry to have missed you this time out.


ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (Default)

August 2017

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My running PRs:

5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31

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