Sunday, October 07, 2007

Running was made for days like today.



My car's thermometer read 47 degrees Fahrenheit as I was driving south into the desert. By 7 am it wasn't much warmer and I was deciding if I needed to wear my 'Ohio State Buckeyes' sweatshirt for the first part of the run.


Note to self: buy some cheap sweatshirts at goodwill for future events. I did that for two earlier halfs.


I wasn't willing to lose my OSU sweatshirt and I was getting used to the temps. I got down their about 40 minutes early. Perfect to get my bib number, tee and go to the bathroom. I got to the starting line as the announcer told us that the half marathoners should go to the line. There was between 30-50 runners. It was a small race. I think the photo shows the full field.
At 7 am we were off and running. After a few hundred yards I checked my garmin and it said 8:30 pace. I as mad because I thought my garmin was on the Fritz again and I wouldn't have data. Then I realized that I was flying with the rest of the pack and it was right. I quickly slowed down, but still did a sub 10 minute mile 1.

Note to self: when running with a small group be extra careful you don't start off fast.



This is the test track we ran on. It was around miles 11 and 12. I had just eaten a double latte gel and was glad to be back on the campus of Central Arizona College, so this was a good place to be.


At around mile 9 you run by these old buildings. I think they used to be motel rooms. Now they might be good for fire wood.


From miles 5 thru 9 you got a view of these mountains. Beautiful Arizona desert views.


Miles 4-6 you ran next to the cotton fields. I guess caterpillars like cotton, because they were all over the road . Thousands of them and thousand more caterpillar stains on the road way. I ran these two miles looking at the ground to avoid these poor guys.


Home for the caterpillars. The cotton fields.

The back half of the race I walked some. My garmin says I walked a total of 1.16 miles for 18 minutes or 8% of the race. It felt like I walked a lot more than that.

It also said I jogged 87% of the time and ran 4% of the time. I think running is anything faster than 9:30 pace. Jogging is between that and 13 minute pace.
I was pretty happy with my race. The first 7 miles I only stopped briefly at two aid stations and walked once to eat a gel. The second aid station I had to sit down and remove my shoe. I found a pebble.
Mile 8 was tough and I did most of my walking then. But, soon I was back on track and kept moving. The last 2 miles was sort of an out and back and I got to see a few runners that were ahead of me the entire race. I passed a couple runners and then got to see who was behind me as I headed for home. I think 4-6 runners were between me and the truck with the slow runners sign. Not sure if they were calling us slow or telling traffic to slow down. The course was open to traffic.
After 13 miles, I kicked it up a notch and finished with loud cheering from all those that finished before me. I crossed the finish line at about a 6:45 pace. Another Vanity Fartlek.
My PR for the half was 2:42:48 at the Valley of Gold HM in Tucson last March. I wanted to do a 2:39:39 or better, but was doubtful I could pull it off.
Today I ran a 2:34:49 according to my garmin. I think the official time is a couple minutes more. Not sure how that could happen. But, either way it's a PR!
Note to readers: I took all the pictures after the race. I even staged the running/walking pics of me. My time would have been much worse.
PostPost: My official time is -
there were 35 civilian runners and 21 police/fire runners. I finished ahead of 4 of them. On the way back in I high fived everyone behind me and later went out to the course and cheered 3 of them in. You might notice they butchered my last name. No big deal.
Not sure how there was a 2:32 difference in the official clock and my garmin. I started the garmin when the starter said go and I crossed the start line within seconds. My garmin does have some stopped time and I know it paused at a water stop. So, I'll use their time as my new PR. I set PR"s for 2 miles, 3 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles 10k, 10 miles and of course the half.

23 comments:

Firefly's Running said...

CONGRADS, Pat! That's awesome!

kate said...

Great job on the PR! That's an awesome time! And smart thinking hanging on to that OSU shirt. Those are valuable! (GO BUCKS!)

Taryn said...

Yayyyy for you and your new PR! Love the picture taking too!

bigmike600 said...

woo hooo Pat. Awesome. You even ran a sub 10 minute mile. That rocks. Nice job on the PR.

Jeff said...

Way to go, Pat! Great times, great weather. No doubt those Chicago marathoners would be jealous today.

Congrats on the fantastic time.

Dan Seifring said...

Way to go Pat with the PR. How funny that you staged the pictures LOL. Love all the open land out there. I don't think I can find that much open land in all of NJ.

J~mom said...

Pat that is awesome!!!!!!!! Way to go!! That is a great time!!! Great race report!! I love the pics!

J~mom said...

Just saw your update!! Even two minutes slower your times still rocks!! I am so happy that you had a good race after hearing about everyone in Chicago.

I forgot to ask if you saw my in-laws in Casa Grande?

Non-Runner Nancy said...

YAHOO !! PR...

Great job!! Love that you staged the pics. I am always wondering how people get them done :)

Chad in the Arizona Desert said...

Awesome job with the PR! Sounds like you had a great race and did everything right...except for that whole being-an-Ohio-State-fan thing. We'll work on that in training. ;-)

K80K said...

Woo woo Pat! Congrats on the PR.

Darrell said...

Super congrats on the PR! Looks like you had a good time. I love that you went back and took pics post race.

You mentioned OSU early on. I don't remember; are you from OH? I am. I went to Kent State.

Pat said...

darrel, I grew up in Cincinnati. Went to college in Richmond, IN (Earlham College), lived in St. Louis for 11 years and then Arizona for the past 12 years.

I still follow Ohio sports, especially the Reds.

Dan Seifring said...

Hey Pat,

I will add Hollie to my team.

Dan

Irene said...

CONGRATULATIONS PAT! It feels good to PR!

I hope we can run in the same event someday!

Margie said...

Good job don't worry too much over that sweat shirt. We stock pile them here.

Emil Von Asskick said...

Awesome run Pat! Bob's Waddlers will select Isabeau for their final girl.

TNTcoach Ken said...

Awesome baby! The skies the limit now.

I'm picking up Isabeau.

I'm shooting for last place.....

RunnerGirl said...

Way to go PAT!!!!!!!!

Dan Seifring said...

Wow, wait until you see the how great the person who was voted off BL looks now. Just Amazing.

Pat said...

thanks for not spoiling it. I like the after photos the best, so I can't wait. I'm 10 minutes into the show now.

Moon said...

Congrats on the PR! That's so fantastic! And I loved the course pics too :)

angie's pink fuzzy said...

i was wondering how you got the two shots of you!!! :)

WAY TO GO on your PR!!!!!