Four Bridges 1/2 marathon
After running two 10ks and having a lot of fun, I decided it was time to try a 1/2 marathon.
This was my first 1/2 marathon since I was 17 years old. That’s quite a few years in between races!!!! I decided I wanted to the challenge of beating my previous time. Would I be faster than I was when I was younger? It was quite a challenge, but I was up for it.
I searched the internet for a beginner’s training plan and came across Hal Higdon’s plan. I decided that I would use this for my plan. Over the weeks I increased my mileage along with increasing my long run. Training was going great! It got time to taper and this concept was new to me. I really didn’t know how to taper. I talked to some people and found out that it would really help and I was given some suggestions on how to taper.
Up until this point, I didn’t know much about fueling for longer runs. I was used to drinking water and that was it. I experimented with a few gels and found a brand that I would use for race day. During a practice run, one of my friends noticed that I got sluggish about 10 mins before I used a gel. Little observations like this are very helpful. I adjusted my plan for race day so that I fueled earlier and hoped that I would benefit from the extra calories.
Race day morning I got up early and I ate a big breakfast. On the drive to the race, I sipped on water and ate a bar. By the time I arrived and parked. I didn’t want any more food. I hope that I didn’t over eat.
The first mile was down a gentle slope. I wanted to make sure I didn’t go out too fast and exhaust myself. I held back a little bit. It was nice running on a familiar path. I knew where the rollers were. The run itself is a beautiful run around Lake Natoma. Once I crossed the old Rainbow Bridge, I knew I had to push hard. The last part of the race is up several switchbacks. It’s a difficult way to finish.
I was thrilled when I crossed the finish line and looked at the time. I beat my high school time by 2 minutes!
The best part was having my husband and kids there to watch me finish.