It took awhile by I am finally writing about the Carlsbad Half-Marathon. First of all, I want to thank everyone that donated to the cause, InsulinDependence is a truly great organization that I know has helped change the way I treat my diabetes and has assisted many kids gain the control they need. I certainly wish I would have had a diabetic mentor when I was 12 or 13. Hopefully once graduate school is over, I too can take time to mentor a diabetic child. Jamie and I together raised a total of $885. Don't worry next year we will reach the $1,000 mark. (A special thanks to the anonymous donor that doubled the money I raised.)
With the money already raised, how could Jamie and I lose right? In the end I ran a 1:45 and Jamie ran a 1:50. I feel like I went out a little too fast which kept my heart rate up the entire time. I certainly can't blame the betes, although I did wake up with a slightly high blood sugar, after breakfast in the morning then a quick gel right before the race my sugars were good the entire time (taking my blood sugar three times during the run without breaking pace).
I do know I have a faster time in me, considering I ran at an average 8:00 minute pace during this race but then this weekend while on a 10 mile run I ran at an average 8:08 pace, I certainly think for a race I can pick it up a little bit. This is why I say I probably went out a little too fast, I know I am typically slow to warm up.
I also had a terrible calf cramp at mile 9 and ran with it the following four miles to the finish, luckily it never got any worse. (I blame the 5-hour energy I took before the race, since I broke the golden rule of racing and tried something on race day that I have never tried before.) One thing I know I need next time is more long runs, my pace really starts to fall apart about mile 7. But reach race is a learning experience, like I said to Jamie last night at dinner, I wish I could go faster but if I could run a 1:20, I'd wish I could run a 1:10, if I could run a 1:10, I'd wish I could break an hour and if I could break that I'd wish I could break the American record. There is always something better to strive for no matter where a person is at.
Jamie's 1:50 is really amazing, considering she has never actually ran past 10 miles before then went out and ran a great time. I know she was a little worried having never run the distance before but definitely proved something to herself. Great work Jamie.