Do you know why St. Louis rocks? Because in the fall, you can basically find an endurance race every weekend. Without having to travel, I’ve run two 5Ks and 3 half marathons in three weeks (MO Cowbell, GO! Halloween Half and now Rock ‘n’ Roll).
They are all different but I have to say, of all the raced, the Rock ‘n’ Roll has the BEST course. It’s the only one that takes you on Grand Ave (the closest thing we have to a theatre district), the Grove and South Grand, all amazing beautiful neighborhoods nestled in the city.
This weekend’s race was great. It’s still crazy to me that last year this race ended my race season and this year it’s a training run. The temps were 39 at the start and only got to about 45 by the time I finished. My objective was to run it at marathon pace but I just couldn’t let this one go by without seeing if any of this training would pay off in the form of a faster half.
I’ll cut right to the chase…it kind of did. I was looking to do sub 10’s for the entire race. It started off good, mile 1 – 5 were around 9:45 then I’m not sure what happened, mile 6 through 9 I think I got distracted and my garmin lost it’s signal because I looked down and it said I was going 8:45 then 12:00. By the time I got to mile 9 I realized I had slowed down. That’s what I get for gawking at the course.
It’s hard to believe I just have one more long run before New York. This week is all about just getting in the miles so I’m going to be bending over backwards to try to make it work.
I really wish I was going to get to run Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas but travel funds and parenting dictate that after New York, it’s probably best that I stay home.
I know it’s crazy early to start thinking about what’s next but I have to admit the thought of a $30 half marathon in February in my hometown sounds pretty good. So I might be registering for this. If you’re in the Missouri, Illinois area come and join me! Details here.