Saturday as the rain was coming down in sheets sideways I made the call and changed my bib number to the half. Sunday I lined up to race and the weather wasn't as dreadful. But I was still happy with my decision.
|First mile - the blur makes me look so fast.|
It's rare that you go into a half marathon tapered for a full. In fact you never go into a race other than a full marathon tapered to race a full. So rather than race all out for a half, I decided to run the first half of the race as if it was my full. I wanted to see what the pace felt like.
|Almost the entire course is filled with awesome giant trees!|
The first half felt great, gliding along, enjoying the giant trees. I didn't look at my watch, I just ran and enjoyed it. At the turn around (1/2 way) I decided to pick up the pace and try to negative split. I ran faster for a mile or two, or at least it felt like I did. In reality I don't think I picked up the pace at all. And then I slowed down and became really quite happy I wasn't doing the full.
Right after finishing the race it poured - the kind where I'm sure cats and dogs were falling into the trees. A drenching downpour that made me even happier I decided not to race the full.
We had a great trip and saw some amazing forest. Now it's back to work. My new "A-race" where I'll attempt 2:55 is now Cal International Marathon on December 4. In the meantime I've got some dirt dog XC races to run with my teammates and a Turkey Trot to race.