Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cannonball Half

Just got back from Greensboro where i ran the Cannonball Half marathon.

Temperature was pretty much perfect and i felt pretty good going in. I was surprised not to see the gang of usual runners (like Steve Cowie) who usually tear this course up. But they still seemed to get a decent turn out.

I felt some slight shin issues early, but nothing major. Did the first three miles at about a 6:30 pace and was starting to remember the course (it features a dead straight slight incline/decline which i really like).

After mile 3 though, there was some slight course confusion. Its always frustrating when the course is not totally clear, but i realize this happens in races. The most difficult thing is pushing forward knowing things weren't perfect - reminds me of the Marine Corp the year i did it where they botched the start and let the slow and fast people all start down this narrow road. After posting a first mile of over 10 minutes, i never could shake the feeling that i wasn't going to run a PR. It seems the better i think i'm doing, the better i end up doing (which is totally mental and ridiculous).

Anyway, next up is the Raleigh Oaks half marathon. This will be the second race that i don't have to pay for in a row (because i had to drop out last year due to injury). Not sure what to expect with this one. Playing paint ball the day before so maybe it will be another instance where i can practice not running for a PR.

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