Sunday, September 13, 2009

Andi's Big Bear Half Marathon (1:57:27)

(collage courtesy of Bill Schneider)

Sorry for the lack of posts this week but the truth is I haven't had anything to post about. I basically took the week off to give the left leg a rest. I attempted a run on Wednesday morning but lasted a mile and called it quits.

This weekend was the Big Bear Half Marathon for Andi and her friend Dawn. We arrived Friday and picked up bib numbers and got all the race info. It was a late start (8:30) and the course is fairly brutal at 6500ft elevation with some good hills around the lake and high temps (it was in the high 70's when the girls finished). Dawn's husband Bill and I watched all five kids while the girls ran and we met them near the finish line. Here is a picture of the cheering squad.
Andi ran with Dawn for the first seven miles and then Dawn told her to go ahead as she was struggling a bit. Andi finished 94th overall (4th in her age group) in 1:57:24 (avg pace 8:54). Her splits were 9:11, 9:19, 8:47, 9:11, 9:36, 9:48, 9:32, 8:21, 8:32, 8:24, 8:23, 8:35, 8:18. Dawn finished 195th in 2:14:58 (not bad for having a baby 6 months ago and not getting any sleep the night before due to the same baby). The next day Bill and I went for an easy jog on the bike paths on the north shore. We ended up running 10k in 53:40 (avg pace 8:40) my knee did bother me a little in the first two miles but we picked it up on the way back. We both commented that we could "feel" the change in altitude from home. Once we reached the car I decided to test the knee by opening it up over the next quarter mile at around 6:30 pace. Yep, it still hurts with every step. It was achy the rest of the day but feels a little better tonight. We'll keep you posted.

Andi was not sore at all the next day. The marathon training is going well. Both girls said it was a very well run race and they heard that the race almost didn't even happen when the previous organizer backed out. A local realtor put up $100,000 to get the race back and guaranteed that amount over the next four years to keep the race going. Amazing!

The kids got some running in too!


DCHS XC said...

Great Run Dawn! Good fast finish Andi! All at 6500 ft. Air please.


DCHS XC said...

Karl, Is the knee swollen posteriorly? Calf pain related to possible torn meniscus?

Dale Lister said...

Great Job Dawn.... Great Job Andi - Look at those closing miles' splits. Sounds like that race went a lot more smoothly than mine, but I have a better story to tell.... :D

Chuck said...

I was afraid that the lack of posts was due to your knee. I sure hope that it is nothing to serious! My prayers are for a quick recovery.

Andi really looks ready for a good marathon at Twin Cities. She was able to run the last 6 miles a little faster than marathon pace in the heat and at 6500ft elevation. Way to go Andi !!!