The Jungle Run Half Marathon takes place in Los Gatos. The first half of the race course covers city streets and the second half is on the Los Gatos Creek Trail, where I've done several long runs. It was a beautiful morning - perfect for a race. The temperature was in the 60's, a bit of morning clouds blocked the sun, and once the sun was out were ran primarily in the shade anyway. It was mostly flat with a few short steepish hills.
I ran this as a "training run" because I really haven't been focusing on my running and haven't put up many fast times lately. I've averaged about 20 miles a week for the past couple of months with about two or three weekly runs. I've been doing a ton of biking and swimming, which has helped my overall fitness, but my running speed has suffered a little.
The good news is, even with minimal training I can still bang out a half marathon no problem! This was a great workout, a big confidence booster for my half-iron tri in 3 weeks, and a fun day.
I won't break it down by mile, because I felt pretty much the same the entire race. I held a comfortable, but not quite easy, pace throughout. I entertained myself by watching the people around me and enjoying the scenery. I felt strong and didn't have any "low" points. I drank lots of water and ate my Luna Moons. I didn't walk at all! My miles were fairly consistent between 8:30-8:40, but I had a three mile stretch of 9:00 ish miles, and I ran one 8:12 mile. My last mile was just over 8:00. I saw Zach and our friend Tim (this was his first half marathon and I made his training schedule for him and sorta coached him, thankyouverymuch!) as I entered the Los Gatos High School Track and they cheered me on. I passed a few people as I blazed around the track to the finish line (obviously had a bit of energy left). Zach and Tim had finished a loooong time before me, so they were right there to watch me finish. Check out Zach's blog later for his race report, impressive stuff.
I feel really good about my performance. It was one of my slowest half marathon times, but given the conditions I'm happy. I know for sure that I can finish the half marathon in my tri, even if it is a few minutes slower. I'm not very sore today and will continue right along with my tri training. Only 3 weeks to go, which means this is my last BIG week and then I taper.
So I ended up with a pretty strong week, especially on the run front. Here's the last couple workouts I did before that race:
Friday am: run
4.0 miles/34:27/8:37 average pace
Saturday am: bike
20.0 miles/1:24:31/14.2 MPH
Easy spin on the Iron Horse Trail
TOTALS for the week: 28.1 miles run, 75 miles bike, 6850 yards swim
TOTAL training time: 12 Hours
Have a great week everyone! :)