On Sunday I wrapped up a 110 mile week with a 23 mile long run with a half marathon-The Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon in the middle of the 23 miles. My goal was to just run the 13.1 mile race as a long tempo run at 5:55 pace and to finish feeling like I could have kept going. I warmed up 5 miles and the gun went off as I eased into my pace. I was feeling great!
There were 2 lovely fellas in front of me, but they were running about 5:50pace and John had said no faster than 5:55’s, so I hung back by myself. At around mile 7, I saw John and he told me to speed up and stay with the guys. I was feeling great running the 5:55’s by myself, but with the pack running 5:50’s, I felt even better! It is amazing how much better it feels when you are not working by yourself trying to hold pace. I am so happy he had me speed up and stick with the guys, it was a valuable lesson in racing that I will take with me to the Olympic Trials next month. (!!)
Despite feeling good, I was hit hard with a severe stomach cramp at mile 11. I could feel my stomach starting to rumble a bit at 6.5, but thought that as long as I didn’t have my planned gel, I would be able to make it to the finish. At mile 11, I knew I was going to have to make a pit stop and I did. Ugh. So embarrassing! It was my own stupid fault for thinking I could have a liter of creamy tomato soup the day before a race/long run. I knew that in the past it had wreaked havoc on my stomach, but I had been doing so well lately, no tummy troubles at all. I thought I was in the clear. I should have known better. Needless to say, my stomach was torn up the rest of the day. It was awful. Oh well, lesson learned! The 5 miles I had to run after the race were not fun on the gut, but otherwise, I felt good.
I ran a 1:17:45 with my pitstop and won the women’s race and came in 9th overall. I am super happy with the way the pace felt on weeks of high mileage. It was a big confidence booster for me.