Sunday, February 8, 2009

San Dieguito Half Marathon Race Report

My #1 goal going into the race was to PR. My PR was set on this course last year, so I figured why not try to break it on the same course? This course is not a typical PR course - it is hilly. However, I don't race many open half marathons - hence the PR here. All the other half marathons I will do this year will be in half ironman races.

I had hoped for rain - and I got it, up until about 10 minutes before the start. Then it cleared off and got sunny. Great weather for a race through the hills.

This is a small local race. One of the things I love about where we live is that in any given race some awesome talent might show up.

For example at the starting line I knew in order to keep from going out to hard, I should stay behind Heather Fuhr and Joey, my BSK teammate. They are both much faster than me and hanging with them at all would surely result in complete implosion later in the race.

Other than that I didn't really have much of a plan other than to run hard. I did not check my splits or wear a Garmin. I did keep an eye on my heart rate several times to make sure I was still alive, but that was about it. I like to race off how I feel.

Around mile 2 Katya Meyers flew past me, then Michellie Jones. I kept them in sight and figured maybe they would help pull me to a PR. I did not however, expect to ever pass either one of them.

Around mile 6 we ended up in a pack. Charisa with two pro triathletes. I think I have had dreams like this. Oh I take that back - I KNOW I have had dreams like this. The hills pulled me back to reality abruptly as Michellie seemed to just float up them with Katya in tow, while I was worried my oxygen debt might result in complete heart failure.

But I didn't get dropped. And at some point a pass took place. "Good job" was exchanged. And then I realized I really did not want to get re-passed.

The results tell the rest of the story. I got my PR, and I'm really happy with it.

The last two miles hurt like no other.
Steven took this picture in the last 1/4 mile.

A big congrats to Kin'dra, Becky and Jeff for setting new PRs as well! Here we all are with the Queen, who stands at mile 2 and cheers with her British flag, then parties with everyone after the race! Aren't small-town races just great!?

28 comments:

t-odd said...

Way to go! That is an awesome time for an early season race and on a hilly course. Hopefully, it bodes well for the rest of the season.

Hooterville Mayor said...

Way to go!

Evan said...

Way to dig deep and Pr.

I like your attitude toward racing, you just go to run hard.

Congrats!!

D said...

Dude, you rock!!!! And man am I glad you're not in my ag. Please go pro in the next couple years so that I don't have to deal with you when I hit the big 3-0 though! :P

Maggs said...

Uhm, wow, that's fast...especially for a hilly course. Congrats! And you gotta love beating Michellie Jones...and Katya Meyers. Wow.

Haley Cooper said...

Nice job!!! Time to join those pro triathlon ranks now, ay?

Natalie said...

Whoa! Awesome job! Way to hang with the pros! You joining their ranks anytime soon?!! (*hint* you should!)

Roo said...

So glad I only 5k'd it so that I could watch your grand finish! Great job!

Ordinarylife said...

wow - well done. That was fantastic!

ADC said...

Wow, wow, wow. Awesome result. I am so proud of you. And you get to race (and beat :-)) those pros. Oh and our Queens was there with the Union Jack. Love it ;-)

Kim said...

Congrats on the PR! Way go do it up(and how fun to get to race alongside those girls!!). Can you please send the Queen to my next race finish, she looks fun. I'd like to crack open a post-race gatorade with her too!

Beth said...

Congrats on a great race and a PR AND beating some really awesome ladies! :) YEAH!!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun too...enjoy some recovery time!

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Michelle said...

Congratulations on the PR and running with the pros :)

Snakebite said...

Holy crap! That's a fast time. Congrats!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Charisa -- CONGRATS! That's huge. You are so inspiring! I'm super proud of you and can't wait to watch your season unfold. What a race!!

Bob Almighty said...

You just beat an Ironman World Champion...dang girl you are fast!

Shan said...

Nice work Charisa! That course is not easy!!! Looks like 2009 is starting off well :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

Congrats on your awesome race & time! Great to feel that good in Feb!!! :)

Alili said...

You rock. Plain and simple. Wow.

GoBigGreen said...

That is an impressive field to be hanging out with:) Glad you didnt LOOK back and finished strong!
And..
YOU KNOW...
Dreams really do come true!

Steve Stenzel said...

WOW!! CRAZY-GOOD job!!! Nice 1:25 PR!! That part around mile 6 is what dreams ARE made of!

Congrats!!!

Teresa said...

Fantastic Job! Keep up the great work! Way to stay focused out there!

Elizabeth A. Rich said...

Congrats!!! That is awesome!

rocketpants said...

Fantastic race! Way to dig deep and just GO for it when you decided you didn't want to be re-passed. Looks like an awesome year is under way for you! Nice job.

kera said...

You BETTER have signed my shoes....no freakin' joke!!!! That's awesome!!!! Congrats!

Steve Stenzel said...

OK, it MUST have been because I read this report yesterday... I had a dream where I was staying with you and your 3 boys (I have no idea if you have 3 boys but you did in my dream) last night. I think I was just visiting - maybe on a cheap vacation. I was sleeping your den. I woke up thinking "OK, that was random..." Just thought I'd share...

Have a good day!!

solarpowered said...

a.w.e.s.o.m.e. really. congrats on a fantastic race!!!