Sunday, October 14, 2007

Long Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon 2007

EVENT: Long Beach International City Bank Half-Marathon
DATE: Sunday, October 14, 2007
LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
RACE BEGAN: 7:30 am
FINISH TIME: 02:11:58

This race was particularly special for me for three reasons:

- It was my longest race since the marathon.
- It was the first race I've repeated so far.
- It was the first time I ran a race with people besides my sisters.

I was trying to PR in this half-marathon, though my secret goal was to hit 2:00. It might have been able to happen had the weather not been so hot (it was low/mid 70's pretty much in the beginning, which was a huge contrast to last year), my stomach didn't hurt, a chest muscle didn't cramp, and my hip didn't suddenly give up in the tenth mile. I had other forces working against me that morning, but I probably shouldn't elaborate.

Anyway, the first few miles went smoothly. I was forcing myself to slow down because I knew I would lose it if I didn't. I hit the 10k point pretty quickly (for me, at least). I think anything over that mileage is no-man's land for me. I dramatically slowed down after the 10k point because everything started to fall apart. I already knew I wasn't going to make my goal at the 10k point, so I just accepted it and was now just aiming to PR. I didn't miss the GU station at mile 10 like I did last year, but after a small mouthful of chocolate gel, I gave up and drank water and Powerade.

The last miles were brutal. I actually had to stop and walk a few times because of some of the things I listed above. Upon crossing the finish line, I took a finishing picture and proceeded to the food/fluid area, where I didn't get to "crust" any bagels because they were the onion kind (yuck).

Luckily, I PR-ed, though not by as much as I had wanted. I know I was capable of doing better (based on training and the last race I ran), but with races, you never know what can happen. You just have to enjoy the experience for what it is. And I, of course, definitely enjoyed it.


  1. You did SO well despite all those problems. I'm so happy for you! I actually thought the weather was perfect, but then again I remember you saying you prefer cold weather over warm. Best of luck to you in training for the half in December. <3 you!

  2. Congrats on your finish! It may not be a marathon but finishing a half is a great accomplishment. Your little write up made me think of last year and how hard it was for me. So I commend you! Good job!

  3. I can't wait for the Brightroom pics too!

    You did a great job. Next time you'll hit 2 hours. That's my goal. I think I am giong to run the Surf City Half. Work on my time.... let me know if you do it.

  4. Congratulations on a great race! Great job on the PR!!! And thanks for the well wishes.