I was killing it thru mile 14. I was about 80 seconds under BQ pace and felt great. The pace felt easy and at the 13.1 mark, I thought I could definitely do another 13 with moderate slow-down. My heart rate was nice & low, so I KNOW I wasn't over-extending myself.
Then, somewhere just after mile 14, I went to reach for a cup of water and...
I felt my lower calf POP. I know that feeling. I tore this area in 2008 while training for my first marathon.
WTH? My calves haven't been tight. My three 20+ mile training runs have gone GREAT with minimal soreness. I've been feeling so good.
This morning, my legs felt great.
I'm just stunned. I can't believe this happened. Again. What am I doing wrong?
Mile 1 - 8:22 (a bit fast)
Mile 2 - 8:59
Mile 3 - 8:59 (a bit slow, over compensating for first mile)
5K - 26:47 (8:38 pace)
Mile 4 - 8:37 (good)
Mile 5 - 8:15
Mile 6 - 8:15
10K - 52:32 (8:18 pace)
Mile 7 - 8:11
Mile 8 - 8:15
Mile 9 - 8:17
Mile 10 - 8:06
Mile 11 - 8:19
Mile 12 - 8:24
Mile 13 - 8:53 (this is when I could feel my calf start to tighten on me)
HALF MARATHON - 13.1 - 1:50:49 (8:27 pace)
Mile 14 - ? I have a 7:30 but that can't be right.
Anyway, it was over after that. I moved over to the half marathon route and walked another 1.1 miles to their finish.
It didn't even occur to me when I started this that I wouldn't finish this race. I thought at worst, I would just finish slower than I hoped but I would still finish and have a fun time. I've NEVER not finished a race. And I don't think I've ever had a bad race...because no matter what my time is, I always have fun along the way.
Was I going too fast? Pushing too hard? I didn't feel like it but maybe my leg was telling me otherwise.
I'm going to sulk the rest of today and eat my Cheetos (!!). Then, my next post will be about the incredible pre-race bloggy dinner that Tall Mom Mel organized and all the great pre-race and during-race encounters.