I put in a lot of solid, quality training. Every workout had a purpose. I was well rested. I was healthy. And probably the most important thing: I overdressed significantly on every outdoor run so that I would be acclimated to warmer temps. Even if the temp was a delightful 47, I would be in my Nike Hyperwarm long sleeve (those shirts are HOT), a lined windbreaker, gloves, a fleece buff, hat and tights. I would also be very minimal with taking nutrition (save for water/OSMO) so that race day GU would have a bigger effect for me. (or at least in my head).
The first issue was easy to take care of- we drove to a parking lot a 14 minute walk from the start. The second issue began to consume me. We got to the start about 30 min before the race, took some pics in front of the start and then I went to wait in the port-a-let line while L dropped my bag at the start. For high 40's I felt warmer than expected and decided not to use my throw away hoodie. I decided while waiting that even if I started the race DFL, that it would be worth it, and because chip timing.
I got to the 8K mark in 40:39 (avg pace: 8:08) and started to lose it. I knew I was on pace for a 3:30 ish finish. I quickly talked myself down off the ledge and said to myself "don't blow it, you still have over 20 miles to run!" The course was nice albeit hillier than I expected. We ran through residential streets and paved paths through the woods- there really werent many portions which seemed flat. I kept cruising and hit the half in 1:45:11 (avg pace 8:02) Again, I started to lose it and get emotional and I had to tell myself to "not blow it."
I chatted with a guy around mile 18 who said I was doing awesome as I caught up to him. He had just run a marathon a few weeks prior and then started to lament how HOT it was out. I was full of NOPE on this and started to speed up because I did not need any negative talk going in my head. We said good luck to each other and I zoomed off.
3:28:34 (avg 7:58/mile)
9 of 43, AG
14 of 262, WOMEN
105 of 686, OA
We went to Union brewing for some post race refreshment and met up with Jenny and Manny and friends. Later on we went to Upland for more beer and foods.
The race was well organized and had ample aid stations- seemed like every 1.5-2 miles. I'd consider it again in the future after I run Boston...
Gu at mile 5, 9, 15, 21
Salt pill at mile: 5,9, 15
25oz of OSMO is all I drank until mile 22- then some water.
Im still over the moon crazy happy about how this race went. Thank you for all the encouragement over the past 14 weeks.