Yesterday I ran the San Diego Half Marathon.
I am disappointed and frustrated and forcing myself to type all this.
It was organized. Nothing special about the Expo itself..well I did see Jeff Galloway again..really nice guy.
The race shirt is my favorite so far, its navy and pink! I love it.
We spent the night in San Diego and the hotel was just steps from the start so it was perfect.
I was still sick with a cough and chest congestion on Saturday, still taking Mucinex and Zicam and hoping that I would be better Sunday morning....Right....
I slept maybe 1 or 2 hours the night before the race. I coughed so much my abs were hurting (sadly I did not get a 6 packs out of this). I slept with one of my kids who hit me....14 times.
I got up at 5:45 am looking like death...eyes super red and teary...not the best for a half marathon..... Excuses?...some will say yes...me well I say it is what it is...what can you do...
It was nice to be so close to the start! The weather was PERFECT.
The start was super well organized..in the race info it said the start was 7:18 and that is exactly when the first wave went.
I was feeling tired and heavy...I coughed from mile 2 to 13. Just that was exhausting.
Many times I had to walk to make the cough stop.
The course was great, going through the nicest part of the town. I loved it but I could have done without the NASTY CRAZY NEVER ENDING MOTHER OF ALL HILLS after mile 9....seriously....it broke me physically and mentally. It was even hard to WALK up that hill. My hat goes out to everyone who ran all of it. I am not one of them. I did not see with my own eyes anyone who did but of course I know many great runners did it.
MILE 7: getting out of the Marine Corps recruit depot
The volunteers were great, they did not run out of water. My only complaint about this race is that I was stopped 5 times by security. In the instructions it was mentionned that we could be stopped because of the troleys at 2 different spots. Of course I hit that twice. I cannot be too mad because we knew it could happen. I guess it was just bad luck for those 2 times. The other 3 though....not happy....it was to let traffic go. Police officer was telling runners to "jog in place" WHAT? at miles 12 something.... I heard a couple F bombs from a few guys near me.... I was clearly not on track for a PR ..so it did not matter that much...BUT still.... I would bet that they did not stop the traffic for the leaders. Anyway...
I did finish.
Check this one...you can see me on the big screen...that was pretty cool..! And Rudy the race MC even announced my arrival...!
30 second later....disaster
It was ugly. I got really sick at the end. Throwing up a lot again. A medic came to my rescue and brought me to the medic tent. I was really cold. Usually I am very hot at the end of a race, this was the first time I was cold like that...blue finger nails and shivering. They took my BP and pulse and it was low. They said I was closed to hypothermia. After taking my vitals a few times and giving me fluids and asking me several questions to make sure I knew where I was and all that I said I was OK to walk to find my family and they let me go. The medic (who was really handsome by the way) helped me spot Bill on the other side of the fenced area. Really nice guy. I was freezing...took me a while to really get to my family because we had to go up and down a section and I lost them and I had to borrow someone's phone.
Bill had my jacket with him...thank God!
I don't even know my time...I know I crosssed just behind the 2:30 pacer and they started a couple feet ahead of me so around that... I stopped my watch after getting to the medic tent when the guy asked me if my time was slow or fast for me. I could not find my name on the race results online when they were up..later I found it..I think it said I was 64 yrs old and from Carlsbad and the time was 2:46 or something like that...and had the wrong bib #. I emailed them and I am waiting for the correction. It does not really matter...it was not good.
I am dissapointed and frustrated. All my recent half marathons have been a failure. I was either still injured and/or recovering from the groin injury (Long Beach) or under trained (Surf City) or my stomach was at war with my running (yesterday and Surf City were the worst 2). I am tired of writting race recaps that are negative and depressing. I feel like I am regressing instead of getting better. I am doing something wrong obviously. I need to change the way I train and fix my #$%^ stomach....that I am not sure I can do....I have not changed what I eat and drink before and during races and long runs. When I got sick it was clear bright yellow-orange liquid. The only thing I can think of that is making it that color is all the vitamins I take in the morning...maybe I won't take them before my next race see if it helps. Next one is in May the OC Half Marathon and then I have Fontana Half Marathon in June.
Thank you for your comments on my last post about what happened to my son at school. "Bob" got in trouble again on Friday...he was sent home for saying the F word and the B word at school.....