Awesome! I kicked off the 2010 season this weekend in the San Dieguito Half Marathon. My 1st race, my 1st attempt to set an open half marathon PR and my 1st DNF ever. No better way to get the ball rollin.
Really, after getting sick last week I wasn't expecting much. I scrapped all my workouts on Friday and went home early cuz I felt terrible. On Saturday I ran for a whopping 30mins and it felt like someone was sitting on my chest. The outlook wasn't great.
On Sunday I felt OK. About the same as Saturday, so I decided to just go out the first couple miles and see how it felt. Surprisingly I felt halfway decent during the first couple miles. I had a bet with Kevin, and he, Jeff and I were running right near each other. About a mile in my buddy Brandon jumped in to help pace me in case I felt good and wanted to try and run hard, and to keep me company in the event I didn't.
Coming up on Jeff
Laughing at our stupidity
After 2mi or so we still had a good group with Kevin, Brandon, me and Chris Berg, and we were rolling along pretty steady. However, after a little downhill section, I felt my quads start to tighten up a bit. When it flattened out, I tried to keep the turnover going, and the tightness started spreading and getting worse. Fast. Pretty soon it was clear I was cramping and there was nothing I could do. I don't ever cramp. So it was yet another new experience for me. But even after some stretching and massaging, it was clear my day was done. I told Brandon to just go run and get his workout, I was walking back. On the walk back my left quad totally seized up a couple times and it was clear I couldn't even pull off the walk back to the start. Hail the meat wagon. Again, another 1st.
Kevin went on to bust out a low 1:18 which on that course is FAST and I think a PR for him at least on that course. Charisa, in typical fashion, killed it as well and came in at 1:25 only a few seconds off her PR, and with some pretty good company (Rachel Challis, Katya Meyers, etc...). Congrats to them.
Poser and the real runners
The rest of the weekend was spent in downtown SD and the awesome weather, great food, drink and company salvaged what otherwise would have been a bummer of a weekend.
Ohh well, it can only get better from here. Right?