May 19, 2001
Decided to travel out to Point Fermin in San Pedro and run the Palos Verdes Half Marathon. This event has been going on for 40 years, is well organized and a very small event.
Runners head out along the coast for about 1.5 miles and then heads up a steep hill for about a mile, then continues along PV Drive South until the turnaround at 6.5 miles. (If you ever find yourself on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, make sure you figure out WHICH PV Drive you should be on, because they are not functions of the same street – there are actually 4 different Palos Verdes Drives, each with a North, South, East and West designation.)
There are a couple of really evil spots in the course – starting with the huge hill at mile 1.7, continuing with a couple of quick steep spots where earthquakes shifted the road, the unending incline from Mile 8-9, and then the long steep downhill at Mile 11.5.
For the most part, I walked the uphill sections because I wasn’t going a hell of a lot faster than I was running (and walking was less exhausting). The reason why I think the last downhill section is evil is that on a long downhill, there is the tendency to go all out. Problem is, once you get to the bottom, there is still nearly 2 miles of course left, and if you go all out, what do you have left?
I finished in 1:45, which is awesome considering that I walked between 7 and 10 minutes.