San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon

Goal #2 for the summer

San Jose Rock and Roll Half Marathon!

I went at the training for this like my miniature pincher niece on a bowl of kibble.  I. Was. STOKED.  and used this training plan for the first month or so.

Then IT Band Tendonitis + Greater Tronchanter Bursitis =  I couldn't take a step with out my entire left hip lighting up like a a Christmas Tree.  So instead of my "long run" for the week... I did 2 miles of sprint intervals.

Bad Choice.

2 weeks off from running and a slow re-increase in mileage, and I was WAY off my training plan.  I was doing one run per week (long/easy) ... and really worried.  Despite a few weeks of frustration and struggle, I tackled my longest training run (7 miles) with a 10:40 pace and feeling amazing.

Nervous about the race day experience, I rode in with a wonderful friend/kick ass client/running inspiration and her dear friend ... who turned out to be my running buddy and the best thing since sliced bread!

Miles 1-4: Easy breezy.  Held myself to a pretty even pace and just chilled to some Jack Johnson

Miles 5-7: Ate a date for some sugah and noticed that I was lapping the pace bunny between my 30 sec walk breaks...

Miles 7-10: Umm... this is getting hard... but I'm still lapping the pace bunny despite my hip flexors' attitude problem... switched to the RIO Soundrack for some SAMBA inspiration...

Miles 10-13: OHSWEETPETER. What have I gotten myself into!? GAH!? (ate another date and clicked up to the TeCHNO/House Music portion of my playlist)

Miles 13-13.1:

Where the EFF is the finish line!?  RUN RUN RUN RUN.  ok.  around this turn.

WHAT!?  SERIOUSLY!? ok.  RUNFASTER RUNFASTER RUNFASTER.  ok. around THIS turn.

WHAAAAT!?  ok. SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT. ok.  around THIS turn...

ohthankpeter.  *nearly run the finish line camera guy over then almost puke*

There are NO. professional pictures of my bib number.  Seriously, guys!?  I would have paid some serious $$ to have  picture of me crossing the finish line.  #fail   BUT -- there are picture of me AFTER the finish line, though, with my biggest fans!

Major fail on the post-run party front as I couldn't stomach the free beer.   But B, dad and I made good use of my $10 off at PF Chang with my race bib and I downed a GINORMOUS plate of salmon, brown rice and asparagus.  I then laid on the floor for the remainder of the day with an ice pack and a bottle (multiple bottles) of pumpkin ale.

Whenever I read about a person's fitness journey and is says they have "completed a Half Marathon" ... I get all goosebumpy for that person.  I am impressed by their prowess and commitment.

For some reason I struggle to remember that this was a BIG DEAL for me.  My brain gets nasty ... "well.  that was slow... you should have trained better ... it's no big deal... you're a trainer, it's easy for you..."   But distance running is a struggle for me, I nailed multiple distance and speed PRs along the way and came in 3 minutes UNDER my (PRE injury!) goal time.

One of the best things about blogging again has been the opportunity to look back at things like HKC and my first 1/2 Marathon and remember that those were my summer goals... and I KILLED them!  It makes me so excited about my fall/winter goals...