Another race, another NON-improvement. I am not totally down about today's half marathon, though. Faster times MIGHT be in the future (the far future, but future at least). After the 10K, I pretty much had the feeling that I should not be expecting any shocking PR. Pfitz's plan just didn't do for me what it does for so many runners. That's a shame b/c I spent a lot of hours working for some faster times. I am only slightly faster today than I was a year ago.
My friend and I left very early this morning to go to Eglin AFB for the Timerlake Half Marathon. She is training for her 2nd marathon and had never run a half. We arrived early and knew right away that it would be a pretty small race. My Garmin has been acting naughty recently and Esined from RW was kind enough to give me his old one. I received it last night and didn't want to use it for the first time during a race.
The race started and I ran the first two miles with a girl from Finland. After that she pulled away and I secretly hoped she was running the 5K. I noticed that Garmin was not acting right. I was pushing lap and nothing was happening. Apparently, it had not started. I had already run 4 miles when I realized this, so decided to wait for the turn around to restart it. There was a VERY strong headwind. I knew my pace was not what it should be. There was no way I would be PRing under these weather conditions. I made it to the turn around (6.5 miles) at 44:47- UUGGHHHH! At that rate, I wouldn't even break 1:30. Luckily, when I turned around the wind was behind me.
I could see the Finland girl in the distance, but too far distance. I tried to stay with a pack of men, but no luck. I ran alone for a very long time. This was nothing new, I do it every day. Here are the splits for the 2nd half:
3:06 (0.5 mile)
7:05 (1.1 miles)
Finish time 1:27:54, missing PR by 3 seconds, good for 2nd place overall female. I wasn't too disappointed b/c I know that I made up some serious time in the 2nd half.
My friend did awesome. She ran 1:42 and won the female masters division. It is so nice to have someone to talk running. I'm encouraging her to go for the BQ in her upcoming marathon. She is a super-duper friend.
In general, I just feel very, very discouraged with myself. I don't understand why I am not faster. My mind tells me to be patient, but my heart wants to cry. K suggested that I have hit my plateau. What? Already? Surely not. I hope not. I refuse to think that is possible. I try to think back to about a year and a half ago. I had an entire year where my times were at a stand-still. I really thought I would never improve, and it wasn't from lack of trying. Finally everything clicked and the times started really dropping. I hope it will be the same this time. I am trying to be patient with myself. I ran a decent race, just not quite fast enough for the ever-quested sub 3. Realistically, I am thinking 3:03-3:06 as a goal for Charlotte.
Now, about that next race...