I wrapped up October with two half marathons seven days apart.
The Denver race was first. As usual, I was using the my Garmin 405 GPS to time my run/walk intervals. I've had the watch for over a year and it's never once worked correctly in a race. After hundreds of runs where the Garmin screwed up, it actually worked in the Denver race. Unfortunately, I screwed up. The night before the race, I changed my normal run/walk intervals to give myself a shorter run and a longer walk. I was having trouble breathing in Denver's thinner air and I figured I'd need to change my run/walk ratio. I over corrected. I did need the shorter run, but the longer walk was a waste of time. The other issue in Denver was chafing of the chub rub/inner thigh variety. Between the long walk intervals and chub rub, I had a slow day.
Los Angeles was advertised as a fast, flat course. Lies! All lies! It was all hills. None of the hills were especially steep, but it was unrelentingly up and down. In more Garmin misadventures, I forgot my Garmin at home. I was worried about that since I hadn't run without a GPS in several years, but it was fine. Overall, I was pretty close to my normal race pace despite all the hills and heat. Not bad considering I didn't have my watch for pacing.
I'm off from racing until December. I could run the Silver Strand Half Marathon, but I'm going to skip it. I need a little break.