The Carlsbad Half didn’t start out so well. Only got about 3 hours of sleep and was seriously worried I would be a zombie the next day. Luckily I felt really good by the start of the race – not tired at all.
I started off a little faster than I planned but I was freezing and I think I wanted to get warm over that first mile. Phil stayed with me for about the first 1.5 miles while he warmed up and then went ahead.
So happy I wore my fuel belt! I had been training in it and didn’t mind the weight. So much better for me to be able to drink whenever I felt like it.
We had perfect weather. It started in the high 40s/low 50s and warmed up to 60s. Clear, blue skies. Most of the course was right along Carlsbad beach. This is one of the flattest courses in the area (another reason I chose it) and the small hills were pretty easy for me since I had included large hills on my long training runs. They separated us into waves which worked out great. I never felt the course was too crowded.
I felt great through most of the race. I didn’t eat as much as my stomach started to cramp a bit so I focused on drinking whenever I could. Around mile 8 my hips started to really hurt which was strange. Not sure why that happened but I managed to ignore it and only stopped once the entire race to walk about 1 minute which seemed to help a little.
Around mile 7 I caught up with the 2:30 pace group and started to get really excited. They had started earlier than me (1 wave earlier) so I knew I was on pace to beat 2:30 if I could hang with them. It was really great and probably the reason I was able to get such a good time.
All in all an awesome experience!
Feeling great after the race
For my training, 3 days a week was perfect when I was adding those last long runs. It allowed me to get enough rest between runs and keep healthy. My other days I walked and/or practiced yoga. Next time I train for a half I do want to include longer runs than 12 miles. Maybe 13-14 miles.
Next up for me is to work on getting a little faster. I’ll be signing up for a 5K and 10K in March and April so hopefully can get better times at those distances. Will be nice to get in more hiking over the next few months too!