So the long and maybe not too short of it?
- I was supposed to pace with some people, but couldn’t find them in the start area, so I did it alone. The one drawback was I planning on running with people and didn’t bring my iPod. Opps. Luckily I can run without music.
- At the start it was right around 32 degree’s, so I was ready to get moving so I could start to warm up. Brrr. My thin SoCal blood was not digging our cold snap.
- Since I was running alone and wanted to PR (needed to break 2:02:22), I decided to stay with the 2:00 pace group, and then at the 10 mile mark, push it up a notch and take it home.
- Around mile two I was pretty much warmed up and in the groove.
- Did OK with fueling and hydrating, and kept up with the 2:00 pace group well.
- Then at around the 9 mile mark, my left metatarsals started to get this shooting pain in them (a pain I’ve never felt before). The pain sucked and really it made me consider that something really was wrong. I decided it was most likely because I have not run on pavement this far in a long time, and “OH YES!” perhaps that trail marathon I ran two weeks ago? Hmmmm? (Yes, I’m that idiot who runs a marathon a few weeks ago, and then decides to try to PR a half mary; I’m not that bright) So just held in and tried to do the best I could, but eventually my quads were feeling the pace as well. Bummer. I just sucked it up, and said to myself this a good training run to feel some considerable pain, and push through it.
- I got over the line at 2:03:50, for a 9:25 pace. Not bad for being in a ton of pain.
- I hurt the normal “hurt’s” but also have this feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck with body aches, like when the flu is coming, so I hope the body sorts things out while I sleep tonight.
I sometimes think I’m getting too old for all this running, but then my brain says, but then think of all the experiences you’ll miss. I agree. So now a day of rest, then get back on it and see where I am health wise. No races until late January so I can just concentrate on training.