Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I've got the fever

I've got the fever to do another race! Running is truely an addiction. The more events you partake in, the more you want to do. This weekend I did the Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon. One of the fun parts of this race, is my I won the raffle for free registration! My hospital happened to sponsor this race.

It was kind of funny, actually. I know I'd be seeing people I know at one of the water stations. Of course, they were stationed @ mile 12. This entire race was hills, so by mile 12 I was a breathless, sweaty mess. :-) So when they greeted me and cheered "Go Abby!" -- I was so hypoxic, I couldn't even find it in me to say "hi" or "Thank you". I was just making a whimpery moaning noise.....and nodded my head.

The AZ Distance Classic was the most challenging race I've done. I'm not sure it was something I did nutritionally, training-wise, or hydration-wise? It could be that I hung out with the 1 hr 40 min pace team for the 1st 7 miles. So my pace was really fast. So when I hit the big hills at mile 8, I wanted to die? But I hit a wall.

Not the wall. But a wall.

However, I finished in 1 hour 49 minutes! So I was pleased. That's an average pace of 8:21 minutes/mile. This is close to a PR for me. My PR is 1 hour 48. My new goal is 1:45, I've decided.

Despite how physically challenged I was, I am really craving to do a full marathon, now! My plan all week last week was, "When this half is done, I'm taking a break from running & focusing on weight training and biking"...

Now I'm all amped up about running! But "race season" is kind of coming to an end here in Tucson. So I think it's time for to throw in the towel for a while here. But come January...I will be doing that Phoenix Rock N Roll Marathon! The full!


Marlys said...

Weight training and biking sounds good to me! I'm glad you almost met your goal!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow, nice job on the run, although scary about the hydration thing! Eeps! I think you can consider that a PR if you adjust for the challenging elevation! I think you could totally do a 1:45 (or faster) half on a flat course!

I think it's funny that we both posted about marathons today. :)

Mama Nastase said...

You're definitely my "running" inspiration! So proud of you for doing well and I'm excited for your full marathon, whenever you do it. Good luck!