Overall: 125 / 6,164
Division (M 40-44): 10 / 441
Gender (M): 92 / 2,950
Just completed the 2014 AFC half Marathon this morning. It was a lot tougher this year compared to last year due to the warmer weather and humidity. Last year started in the mid 60s and was overcast the entire race. This year started in the low 70s with little to no cloud cover and it seemed to warm up as the race went on. Considering the weather, I’m okay with my time. I was hoping to break 1:30, and I gave it a shot, but around mile 8 I knew I wasn’t going to be able to sustain the sub-7 minute pace, especially knowing there was a long and relatively steep 1.5 mile hill at the end of the course. From mile 8 I started to back off the pace and when the hills arrived, I was pretty fried and just wanted to finish in one piece.
I was 10th in my age group out of 441 finishers. This was actually two spots higher than last year, which was surprising considering I was over 3 minutes slower this year. I guess everyone was hurting. Since my training cycle for this race was rather lackadaisical and I don’t run well in the heat, I was expecting to finish much further down the list.
The race itself is pretty no-nonsense, which is why I like it. It is a runner’s race and they keep the organization and and all the sideshows simple. This year was no exception. They get the basics right – interesting course, plenty of parking, adequate transportation to the start, a good amount of port-a-potties, fair number of water stations and managing the flow of traffic – although I did have to stop once for the trolley to pass. It is a unique course that starts at the Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma and finishes downtown at Balboa Park – so you get to experience a good part of the San Diego bayfront.
Although I enjoy running this race, not certain if I will run it again next year. The good part is that it is one of the few summer marathons in San Diego, but I’m thinking of maybe running something different next year.