What a great day, NOT by my half marathon time @ the Pensacola Half Marathon, but a GREAT day with friends and family anyway.
First the details 1:54 – 8:41 pace for the HALF – ha ha – wuz thinking that would be close to my pace for the full in Dec. It CAN HAPPEN….REALLY! (need some cold weather on Dec. 11th)
Started out running with Keith and Toby this am. Keith and I had decided on 8:30 pace to start and then hoped to pick it up. Reality – plan B – get on pace from the gun. 1- 8:20, 2- 8:10, Toby took off and Keith and I stayed on pace for 7 miles. At that point, like a good pacer friend, Keith stayed on pace, I unfortunately, started falling off the pace. In mile 7, there is an ugly hill that I was aware of. Leading up to the hill, we had been going downhill for what seemed like, quiet a while, to me. When you start struggling to stay on pace, and you are going downhill…my friends that is NOT a good sign. Finally make it up the beast, and try to get back on pace…not happening mile 8 -8:35, mile 9 - 8:38 (miles 3- 8:15, 4 – 8:13, 5 – 8:17,6 - 8:15). At 9, I decided to “shut it down for the day”
I know this is CRAZY to some of you. Fight to the end, right? In my opinion, NO, not today.
- it’s NOT gonna happen – the usual – too hot, too humid story. Yes, I go into each race thinking even though the temps are warm – I am STRONG, I can overcome. That’s why I’ve been training so hard on the physical and mental game of running. For years, I believed it was a mental breakdown and I could learn to run in humid weather. Today, I have decided that maybe it's not in my mind, maybe it's my body. I have no idea which it is, but today, I have made a decision. I will no longer show up for hot and humid half, and full marathons, thinking I’m invincible, I can overcome because I am STRONG. Today, it finally clicked – yes, I am strong, but as much as I want to think I can overcome…..Ginny’s reality for the past 7 years, is that my body doesn’t respond to hot and humid racing. Well, actually, it does, it says "Girl – you are crazy we are slowing this train down!" So while my mind and my heart say Go Ginny Go! - my body says….”I don’t think so.”
- I have another half in 2 wks – so instead of "beating a DEAD horse", I took the opportunity to do what I think was the smart thing today. I had a GREAT tempo run for 7 miles, and called it a day.
I know this drives some of you absolutely CRAZY. I know you think I “GAVE UP.” I have a totally different opinion. I think I was totally smart, and I am excited that I can walk way knowing I had a solid training run today.
I also had another revelation today. When possible, I will no longer sign up early for races. Financially, that really hurts me, I’m ALL about saving a BUCK, but for some races, I will no longer sign up in advance. I will wait for the weather prediction and then make my decision. If I want to go for a training run, I will still sign up, but if my intention is “racing” I will “pick my days” for the nearby races.
I’m a wimp! Now in addition to using my Garmin for pacing, my gels for endurance, my Ipod to keep me sane, now I will eliminate hot and humid long races from my racing list. (running purist, I am not, and that’s ok with me)
The great news for today.
My cousin, Laura finished her first full marathon. Yay Laura! It was a hot, hilly, humid race, but she finished it “in fine fashion,” I should say. So today, I was able to run with Keith for several miles in the half, and I ran a few with Laura and friends during the full, and I had time to visit with my cousins, Ruth and Terry. Great day in Pensacola with a good tempo run.
Running with Laura
So let me have it! I’m not scared. Picking my weather days – sounds absurd, but that’s the game plan for some of the upcoming races (not Huntsville – will race it no matter what)
After years of thinking I can learn to run in warm and humid weather, I give! So the question is…. Do you think I’m caving mentally, or can it be that some people can’t respond to the humidity? It really doesn’t matter which it is, I think I have decided this old dog can’t learn that trick, and I'm ok with that! Strive for better, but know your limits! Today, I finally figured out my limit, and I will honor my body, mind, and soul, and accept this reality.
Note: Take an ice bath after your long runs and races. You will recover faster, and feel better post race.