Mrs Schlub nails the half marathon PR!!!
Huge accomplishment for Mrs Schlub. Today she was running in her second career half marathon. Her first half marathon was back in March where she ran into some tough elements and physical ailments that really made for a tough day. In the end she finished and was the first of the two of us to finish 13 miles. Today was her redemption run and she absolutely killed this run. She ended up beating her time by about 15 minutes which is HUGE in terms of running time. As I've always said, I get more satisfaction from seeing her cross that finish line than when I cross in my own races. She did amazing and I was glad I could see her dominate the course today.
Trail Race Scouting Recap.....
Many of you know that one week from today I am running in my very first trail race event. Last Saturday I went out to the race location to get in some miles but ended up running out of time and running half the course. So yesterday I went back out again with the intention of running the whole 13 mile course to see what I had in store on race day. Here are my take aways...
1) Holy Mountain - So the course ends with a huge climb in the last three miles. This damn climb after 10 miles of running is definitely an ass kicker. This thing is 500 feet of elevation gain which is pretty much straight up!! My initial thoughts were very confident with the intention of having an advantage here, but that quickly turned to basic survival lol. More than once I was subject to either power hiking or stop and take a break. This had me reconsidering my plan for the race.
2) Dont Fall - About mile 12 I had just finished a good little climb and I knew I want coming up to the final mountain. There was a small decline and I took my eyes of the trail for two servings. BAM!!! Face plant into the trail. I popped right back up to make sure nobody saw...lol...and kept right on going. No major injuries but some road rash on my shoulder. My ego was bruised the worst lol.
3) Getting Lost - Yup it happened!! The beginning of the course is on flat runnable trail and about mile 3 the course drops down into the sandy wash trail. Well I didn't watch where I was going and ended up running about a mile in the wrong direction. I had to turn around and back track to the trail to find the trail markings again. Overall my watch had me running an extra two miles. With the added running in the wash, it really impacted my legs so I'll have to pay closer attention on race day.
4) Sand Wasnt Bad - the course has you running about the miles of the sandy wash which if really intended to do a number on your legs. Well I'm not so worried about this section, I think I handled it pretty well on Saturday. Even with the extra miles, I was clicking away at about 9 min/mile and it felt comfortable and maintainable. I should be able to hold pace with everyone through this section.
5) Mrs. Schlub it's the Best - After getting my butt kicked up and down that mountain, I came home to a nice warm filling breakfast. This was exactly what I need after this tough run. She takes care of me so well lol.
My Plan - I came out strong in this run to get a true feel of just how hard I could push it for the 13 miles. The extra two miles certainly didn't help at all, but in the end the mountain was a monster no matter what. So my plan is to come out strong, hold a tough pace to the end, and hope I can power hike up the mountain for a good finish.
Trail is 10 miles of rolling trail including 3 miles of sand. Finished with 500 feet of mountain straight up and down, how would you game plan for this???
Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!