I’m so sorry to have been absent from the blog this month. I was dealing with computer issues and lots of time spent at work and fundraising. Now I have a new computer and as of today, I met my fundraising goal. I promise to get back to blogging regularly now!
I was so excited to run my second Space Coast Half Marathon the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I drove out to Cocoa to pick up my bib on Saturday. I was able to hang out with friends before heading home to rest up for the race.
Space Coast Bib
On Sunday morning I met Mel and her husband on Disney property and headed over to Cocoa for the race. The drive is about an hour for us. We stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts for a small breakfast before parking and heading to the start line.
The race doesn’t have corrals the way Disney or Rock n’ Roll races have. The half marathon starts 30 minutes before the marathon and everyone lines up near the Space Coast and Galloway pacers that have their estimated finish times. We ran into our friends who came into town for the race. We made our way back to the 3:00-3:15 area. I love that the start of the race includes a video of a launch on the screen.
We inched towards the start line after the launch and I quickly lost Mel and her husband, but I still had my friend Holly with me so we ran together for a while. The first 1/4 mile or so makes a few turns before heading on to the out and back portion of the course. Holly and I ran until we got through the turns and then I started my intervals. We hung together for the first mile or so and Holly decided to keep up with the pace group. I stuck with my 1:1 intervals for the next several miles.
Sunrise over the Indian River
Somewhere around mile 2 I ran to the river’s edge to get this picture. While I was taking it I heard someone calling my name and saw that it was my friend’s Shalon and Doug. They are the crazy ones that convinced me to run the marathon next month. We chatted for a few moments before they took off. I remember a year ago when I was the fast one of our group. I didn’t see them again on the out and back course. I felt good during the entire first half of the race. There were several people around me who were doing intervals too and we kept leapfrogging each other. I made it a goal to try to get ahead of them and stay ahead of them. I was successful after about 5 miles and I managed to stay ahead of most of them until mile 11.
Less than 1/4 mile from the turn around point, I saw Holly again. I was surprised that she wasn’t that far ahead of me. I seriously thought she would be over a mile ahead of me by that point. The turn around was quick and easy and I was happy to be on my way back to the finish line.
I knew I was ahead of one of the 3:15 pace groups. I was feeling generally good. The pain that I had been experiencing in my calf was not there, but my hip was starting to get a little bit tight. I continued to follow my intervals and kept trying to mentally pick off the people ahead of me. There was one person that decided that they wanted to talk to me when I was doing my walk interval. She talked a lot, and fast! I finally did a double run interval to get ahead of her.
I passed Holly around mile 10 and somewhere close to mile 11.5 to 12 the leader of the marathon passed me. I had been doing a good job maintaining my intervals until mile 12 when the tightness in my hip and hamstring were too much and I skipped a running interval or two. When I did run, I definitely slowed down.
Looking at my splits I was actually doing great and I was on target for a PR until mile 10. If only my hip and hamstring hadn’t been a brat. I’ve since been working on stretching and strengthening it. We’ll see how it works next month at the marathon.
Space Shuttle Challenger Medal
I was so happy to reach the park and I actually ran to the finish line unlike last year when I was just done. I saw some people that I had been leapfrogging as I was approaching the finish line. Of course, I had to turn on what speed I had and race past them to get to the finish!
Post Race Breakfast
I was pretty happy with my results since my training hadn’t been as consistent as it was the year before. I wasn’t as far off from my PR as I thought I would be. Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 13:33
Mile 2: 14:23
Mile 3: 14:09
Mile 4: 14:05
Mile 5: 14:14
Mile 6: 14:25
Mile 7: 14:40
Mile 8: 14:38
Mile 9: 14:38
Mile 10: 15:43
Mile 11: 15:08
Mile 12: 15:08
Mile 13: 16:13
Mile 14: 15:58
I would have had a 4 minute PR if I had kept up my pace all the way through! Oh well, there is always next year!
Who else ran the Space Coast Marathon or Half Marathon? Are you doing the Intergalactic Challenge?