DATE: Sunday, October 15, 2006
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:19:13
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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.