I ran the Carlsbad Half Marathon yesterday for the third or fourth time (I can’t actually remember). And like every other time, I ran it as a training run for another race. In this case, the Boston Marathon. I’ve never trained for this race yet I always wind up running it. It’s a pretty pricey race ($120 for the half) and I’ve been fortunate to run it with my LARABAR Team because otherwise I’d probably pass.
The Carlsbad Half Marathon is hands down one of my favorite races ever. The course takes you through the streets of the adorable Carlsbad village area and then shoots you out onto the coast for an out and back with ocean views for days. Some locals don’t love this race but I honestly can’t understand why. To me, it’s perfect. There’s a good mix of hills and flats and the weather is typically gorgeous. The spectacular views definitely don’t hurt. When you’re running the half, you get to be a momentary spectator as the lead marathon runners fly past in the opposite direction.
My goal yesterday, and every time I run Carlsbad, was to treat it as a training run. I didn’t run quite as slow as I should have and I finished with a 1:38. The first half I ran at a comfortable 7:45 pace and per usual, I went faster the second half with a 7:25 pace, averaging out to a nice 7:35. I’d be happy to run that same pace in Boston this April.
Brittany joined me for the race even though she barely trained at all and I knew she’d be hurting afterwards. I advised her against running it because I think it’s silly to put your body through 13.1 miles when it isn’t prepared for that kind of work. She did it anyway. No listening to Coach Kate. When I finished, I ran back out about 1/2 a mile from the finish to wait for her. When I saw her coming I ran it in with her for support and also to get my 14 miles in for the day. 😉 She finished in 2:13 and her knee was a mess but she was proud and so was I.
Earlier this week I ran mostly easy. I took to the treadmill a couple days, ran trails with the lululemon run group and then ran outside in the rain on Friday after work. The rain in conjunction with the run felt like a cleansing that I desperately needed after a long work week. I never thought I’d be so grateful for rain on a run – but it was like my body was in a drought and it craved the moisture and cold air on my face. It was exhilarating, refreshing and man, I wish I had more runs just like that.
Here is the breakdown of last week in running:
Tuesday: 5 miles
Wednesday: 6 trail miles
Thursday: 4 treadmill miles
Friday: 4 rainy miles outside
Sunday: Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon + 1 mile = 14ish miles
Total: 33 miles
I am ready to start ramping up the mileage now, but I really wanted to ease back in. My back is actually killing me today after yesterday’s race and I can’t find relief. I have gotten really good at listening to my body, so today, I shall rest.
In non-running news, I saw The Danish Girl on Friday and it was such a beautiful film. I highly recommend it and also recommend not wearing mascara when you go to see it. It was one of those movies where Brittany and I had to sit there for a moment afterwards to finish our crying and compose ourselves before walking out of the theatre.
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