Sunday May 16th, 2010
Capital City Half Marathon
It was four years ago that I finished my last 1/2 marathon and it was then that I set my personal best of 1:50:17 at Disney World. Since then I've run several 5k races and the A1A half marathon along Ft. Lauderdale beach, which I did not finish due to an injury. I've been training for the past 8 months to beat my time and I finally did it on a really tough (hilly) course at the Capital City Half Marathon here in Olympia.

This weekend I took it easy in preparation for the race on Sunday morning: watched a movie on Friday night, and slept almost 10 hours, then worked in the yard and planted tomato plants on Saturday, went go-karting with Bruce, Carlos, Mike, and Alex on Saturday evening, came back ate some pasta ravioli with chicken and mushrooms along with a butternut squash pasta sauce. It wasn't quite enough, so I followed the ravioli with some chips and hummus and a brownie, while watching an episode of 30 Rock. That was my pre-race dinner and it seemed to have worked. I slept pretty well, given that I never sleep well before races, ate a protein shake with banana, strawberries, and blueberries in the morning, stretched out my legs for about 20 minutes since I had concerns about my knee and calf, and headed to Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia.

I felt good at the start of the race, the temperature was a bit on the warm side (52 degrees at the start / 58 at the finish), but I became a bit concerned as I hit mile 3 and my pace dropped to 8:30 minutes/mile, I already felt a bit winded, and I hadn't even started the hills. However, the hills came and I powered through them fairly easily and my pace dropped down to about 8 minutes/mile after the hills. It was here, at mile 6, 7, and 8 where I felt the best. Then I started feeling a pain on the bottom of my right foot and weird twitching in my right quad. Oh, no, I'm not going to make it. I'll be on course to setting a personal record and I'm going to get injured again. I just kept on running, hoping it would go away. Even with the pain, my 9th mile was my fastest. Everything felt good, I even felt like I could run faster if it weren't for my foot and quad giving me issues. Then came the dreaded Eastside hill, a constant uphill battle for over a mile, and surprisingly, my legs felt better as I started running uphill. How wonderful! I conquered Eastside still maintaining sub 9 minute miles but by the time things leveled off and started going downhill, my foot and leg were giving me so much pain I couldn't run fast. Even on the downhill, I was only running about 8:30-8:40 min/mile, not much faster than when I was running uphill. I kept telling myself this is only a 12 mile race because the last mile is all downhill, and at a pretty steep pitch. Finally, I hit mile 12 and I started the downhill stretch along Capitol Blvd. I powered through the pain and just leaned forward to let gravity help out as much as possible. I finally crossed the finish line at 1:48:12, over 2 minutes faster than my previous record.

It was wonderful! I honestly didn't think I was going to beat my time, but I did it, even with my problems. When I finally made it back to my car and took off my shoes, I had a cut on my left foot and a giant blood blister on the bottom of my right foot, which was causing all my problems. I think due to the blister, I started running differently which is why my quad started hurting. Anyway, I'll have pics of the race coming soon, even pics of my feet. =)

Distance 13.1 miles, Time 1:48:12, Average 8:15 min/mile, 1617 calories
Splits: 8:08 8:13 8:30 8:13 8:11 8:08 8:00 8:13 7:48 8:53 8:28 8:41 7:57
(stats courtesy of the Garmin Forerunner 305)

After the run, I met with all my running friends, the weekend crew who all ran the half: Alan, Susan, Melinda, Cory, the Club Oly tue/wed crew: Bill, Tammy, Sara (half), Heike, Gail (half), Paul (full), Julie (full), Angie (full), Debbie (full), Mike, Dave, and the meetup support crew: Stephanie, Cory, Angela, Troy, Alex, and Amy. Thanks all for your support!
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Monday May 17th, 2010

Wade says:

Placed 25th out of 66 in my age division, 136th out of 391 for men, and 192nd out of 1095 overall.

Tuesday May 18th, 2010

Sook says:

Great job on the PR!

Friday May 28th, 2010

Wade says:

Thanks Sook! I think my next race will be the Sound to Narrows 12k (7.46 miles).

Friday July 16th, 2010