Long Beach Official Race Pictures are out.
I always look at them.
I rarely buy any because their price just make me sick...Seriously they don't want any of us to buy their pictures right? I mean who do they get? First timers. That's what I think. First Marathon. First Half Marathon (I bought those). First Relay (I bought that one too).
Long Beach is a CROWDED race and I thought for sure I would have no picture but I do.
Some are OK actually. I even have a decent one at the finish line, not my usual puking/dry heaving one! I have one with my arms up.
I did not PR that day but this could be a personal best in race pictures...I don't look like I am dying in any of them.
I took 2 running days off after LB. Monday I volunteered at the school and Tuesday I was a chaperon for a field trip to the theater with Jonathan's class. I got to ride in the yellow bus....fun times..and Jonathan did not get the memo that I get car sick...guess what seat he picked....yep the very LAST row. He was so happy I went that it was worth a little nausea :)
Went back to running yesterday and today, 5 and 4 miles.
I am focusing on starting faster.
I am terrible at pacing during races. Really really bad.
If I start at a pace that is close to my 10K pace...I tend to crash at mile 8 and slow down quite a bit. If I start slow with the intention of picking up the pace after maybe 5 miles or so...I stay at the slower pace and I am not able to turn things around and I often end up crashing before the end also. In both situations I end up with POSITIVE splits. I ran my faster half marathons when I started "faster" not when I tried to do the "right thing": start slow and finish strong. I do better with what I call the "banking method"...you know bank some precious minutes early on. I know this is not how we are supposed to race.
I want to get better at running LONGER at my "faster" pace. I would take having nice even splits in my next half marathons over positive splits with the second part being a complete disaster. I think that once I get to the place where I can keep a- faster than long runs- pace for 13.1 miles then I could work on negative splits. I will have to learn how to accelerate. Right now I can only decelerate.
Do you struggle with pacing during races?
In other news...
It is not HOT this week!!! We even had a storm today! Rain and it is cooler, as in the kids are wearing jeans cooler. I love it!
On the job search for Bill....I wish things were moving faster. I think about that all the time. I have a hard time being positive about it and trusting that something "good" will come out of this nightmare. I am thinking of what I can do. That is all I think about actually. I would love to work from home so I could still take care of my kids. I looked online and a lot of what I see looks like scams. You know too good to be true kind of thing. Do you work from home? What do you do? Do you have any tips or advices for me?
For now I am trying to get my little in home business going. I made flyers and Jonathan's teacher is letting me put them in the kids Friday folders this week. So grateful for that. (I ship anywhere so tell all your friends + family and all the strangers you meet!!! )