Monday, January 31, 2011

Carlsbad Half Race report

Ok, so I'm a slacker and it takes me forever to do a race report. I will say I have been busy setting up my fundraising page for my latest adventure and motivation/inspiration.

First the confession though. I didn't follow any program and didn't really do any strict training in preparation for Carlsbad....again. I had every intention of following a plan, but after I went on emergency leave any ideas of a training plan flew out the window. I did get a number of runs in and continued hitting the CF WODs at least 4-5 times a week. Probably the biggest training benefit was from dropping about 15 pounds since La Jolla last year. I'll call LJ race weight around 214 and Carlsbad race weight about 197. I did a couple of 4-6 mile runs in the 2 month build up and one 10 mile run a week and a half out from the race. I was able to hold a 8:45 pace for the 10 mile run so I felt like a sub 2 hour race was easily possible.


Ended up starting with a bike ride a week before rather than a long run. I was still feeling the soreness from my 10 mile run and hadn't put in too much distance, so I didn't want to spike my mileage the week before the race. I ended up doing a short 3 mile run monday morning then following it up with the 5 x 3 back squat and going a bit too heavy. It ended up making me sore for the rest of the week. Besides that, I was happy with the entire taper even though I didn't follow it all that strictly. I added in the massage on Wednesday and felt like that loosened me up nicely. One big no-no that I did was purchase new shoes too close to the race. The Mizunos were pretty beat up but I wanted too long to get a new pair and ended up with the Adizero Mana's which were not my first choice (bright green to boot too). The shoes ended up being great and I didn't end up with any blisters or hot spots. I'm just lucky the shoes worked without breaking them in.


I went to the expo on Friday and didn't really have to wait on anything. I visited one of the Active Release Techniques booths and got my gimpy back /hips worked on. I highly recommend visiting someone before hand if you have any problem areas that need to be streched (or if you're just injury prone like me). After that I met up with a buddy and visited the Semper Fi Fund booth. The short story is that they asked if I wanted to race representing them, which just involved wearing one of their shirts. I'd been considering doing this for a while but hadn't had the opportunity to look into it or ask. While I was really happy to be running the race I was glad that I could contribute in some other way as well, but more on that later.

I think I was getting pretty stir crazy on Saturday and I started feeling every little twinge all day. Race morning was fine, although I didn't get to stretch as much as I would have like to... I Gu'd prior to the race and that twice more during the race at about the 5 and 9.5 mile point. I went out at an easy pace. The only technical problem I had was that the Runkeeper audio alerts weren't coming on, so I reset my phone in the first 10 minutes so I could get the time/distance/pace updates. I hit the halfway point right under my goal pace of 2 hours and felt really good. I cranked it up a bit on the way back to see how fast I could run the second half and ended up crossing with a 1:56:53 gun time and a 1:53:56 tag time (8:42 pace). Really happy with my time considering my crappy training and preparation. I'll take it

I ended up hanging out with the Semper Fi Fund (SFF) people for a bit after the race and got to talking about representing them at future races. They were a great group of people that were very thankful about running for them and raising money for them. So I get to wear the sleeveless red shirt some more this year, raise money for a great charity that provides equipment, help, and funds to wounded Marines/servicemembers and just get the name of the charity out there. Somehow I feel unworthy compared to some of the guys they have racing for them, but I'm glad I can help in some modest way. So here's the link to my fundraising page on along with the races I plan on doing so far.

Next up is SuperSeal and La Jolla Half...

1 comment:

  1. And it took me 3 days to finishing posting this since I started the draft on Monday!