Sunday, October 15, 2006

Long Beach ICB Half-Marathon 2006

EVENT: Long Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon
DATE: Sunday, October 15, 2006
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:19:13


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Flyer (front)
Flyer (back)


Results Page


The bad thing about autumn runs is training in the bloody hot summer, especially one that involved an internship, school, and moving back home. Needless to say, I probably only got in 10-15 miles a week. During the week before the race, I was so busy that I didn't run at all. That, combined with an uneasy stomach that lasted a week, did not bode for a good race.

I came with the mentality that this was just going to be another run. Since this was my second race, the pre-running jitters were much subsided from the first. Around the third mile, I realized that I did not train enough and acknowledged that I would soon be walking. However, in spite of it all, I did not walk besides the slowing through the water stations. Still, I came in three minutes later than last time, which sort of disappointed me. But then again, I'm sure training lengthens your stride, so although I did not walk like last time, my steps were a whole lot shorter and maybe less quick.

My legs were burning through the last mile and a half. I must remember that sensation the next time I try to run a race so undertrained.

When the race was done, I could not eat the naranjas (oranges) or bagel skins (see the picture) fast enough.

The race was otherwise nice. We had a good view of the Queen Mary and the Long Beach shoreline. The overcast weather was perfect for a race. And... the course was flat! There was good support out there in the areas that were not as scenic. I also recall bands, though they were not particularly striking.

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